Indonesia massive M 7.7 Earthquake and Tsunami – latest news (5)

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As our initial “latest news” articles were getting too long, and as this event will certainly continue to add more news, we have decided to a number of “latest news” articles. Besides the most important earthquake data, also breaking news will be posted here.
Reading all of them will be experienced as a movie from minutes after the earthquake until the latest news facts.

This update page will put breaking news on the Indonesia Mentawai Islands earthquake whenever it becomes available.
The most recent news will be on top of this page.
Earthquake-Report.com has been continuously publishing breaking news on this Earthquake / Tsunami starting minutes after the earthquake occurred.
Read the “Latest News 1” article by clicking here

Read the “Latest News 2” article by clicking here

Evacuating a girl by army and army helicopter - picture Xinhua news

Read the “Latest News 3” article by clicking here
Read the “Latest News 4” article by clicking here

November 3 – 00:44 UTC UPDATE
New updated casualty numbers
Death Mentawai islanders : 450 (up from 431)
Missing Mentawai islanders : 66 (down from 88)

November 3 – 00:33 UTC UPDATE
Mentawai survivors suffering various sicknesses
Despite the fact that relief aid items had reached lots of tsunami survivors in Mentawai district, West Sumatra, they could not escape from post-disaster diseases. Some tsunami survivors in Bulasak hamlet, Bulasak village, Pagai Selatan sub-district, for instance, are now suffering from sicknesses like coughing, fever, and measles, a health worker said.

November 3 – 00:25 UTC UPDATE
Parliament approves additional disaster funds
The House of Representatives has approved the central government`s request for 16.8 lillion US$ (150 billion Rs) extra funds for the natural disaster emergency responses.

November 1 – 21:34 UTC UPDATE
New updated casualty numbers
Death Mentawai islanders : 431 (down from 443)
Missing Mentawai islanders : 88 (down from 98)

November 1 – 18:40 UTC UPDATE
One map says more than 10 pages of text
Those of you are are eager to look into the technical details of this destroying earthquake, will certainly love this map.
The map gives details  about the height of the waves, the aftershocks, the depth of the sea etc.
Click here to read our in-depth article

November 1 – 16:50 UTC UPDATE
Magnitude 4.5 aftershock shakes Mentawai islands
A moderate aftershock of Magnitude 4.5 shook at 22:01 PM local timer the Mentawai islands . There is however NO risk on another tsunami with these moderate aftershocks.  Although exceptions exist, it is commonly known that at least Magnitude 6.5 shocks  should occur to generate a Tsunami. Huge underwater avalanches on subductions slopes can also create local tsunamis. These avalanches generating tsunami are however very very rare.

November 1 – 15:48 UTC UPDATE
Indonesian parliament approves extra aid budget
The Indonesian House of Representatives has approved the government`s request for extra funds for the natural disaster emergency responses. Remaining funds until the end of the year were too limited to ensure a smooth big intervention if it should become necessary.

November 1 – 15:24 UTC UPDATE
Indonesian Red Cross reaches remote islands
The Indonesian Red Cross has distributed aid to tsunami victims in remote villages in Mentawai Island.
Food supplies and medicines were flown to Mentawai by four helicopters.
Earthquake-Report.com remark : It took days before helicopters have been used to reach remote places. This will be a major lesson to learn from this disaster. ALL not urgently needed helicopters should be used IMMEDIATELY to help survivors in such tragedies. It took too long before rescue teams did reach the islands. We have problems to believe the ‘high waves and bad weather’ theory as the distance from the mainland to the islands is no more than 100 km, a small distance for an army helicopter.
It took only until after the visit of the Indonesian President, that the rescue operation started to run smoothly.

October 31 – 13:19 UTC UPDATE
Earlier report of 200 found missing people confirmed
200 people feared dead in Indonesia’s tsunami disaster zone were found alive Saturday as rescue workers began to reach remote island communities five days after the killer wave.
This report was earlier published in Earthquake-Report.com but afterwards removed as we could net get a confirmation about this important news. We are happy that we can republish this fantastic news.

October 31 – 12:23 UTC UPDATE
Magnitude 5.1 aftershock about 30 km from South Pagai

October 31 – 09:07 UTC UPDATE
Clear weather facilitates rescue and aid efforts
Storms and heavy seas have plagued efforts to reach disaster-struck Mentawai villages.
Aid organizations said the weather had cleared early Sunday and more helicopters were on the way to ferry aid to isolated communities accessible only by sea or air.

October 31 – 08:39 UTC UPDATE
New updated casualty numbers

Death Mentawai islanders : 449
Missing Mentawai islanders : 96 (drastically down from earlier estimates)
Seriously injured hospitalized islanders : 270
Slightly injured : 142
Destroyed or heavily damaged houses : 517
Light damaged houses : 204
5 elementary schools, 1 junior high school, 6 offices, 8 houses of worship, 7 bridges, 2 tourist resorts and a boat were also damaged
The numbers have been reported by local officials

October 30 – 13:47 UTC UPDATE
Understanding the massive M 7.7 Mentawai Earthquake
Click here to read our in-depth article

October 30 – 09:17 UTC UPDATE
New updated casualty numbers

Death Mentawai islanders : 413
Missing Mentawai islanders : 298
Seriously injured hospitalized islanders : 207
Slightly injured : 142
Destroyed or heavily damaged houses : 517
Light damaged houses : 204
5 elementary schools, 1 junior high school, 6 offices, 8 houses of worship, 7 bridges, 2 tourist resorts and a boat were also damaged
The numbers have been reported by local officials

October 30 – 08:52 UTC UPDATE
Indonesian President decides to move villages of tsunami victims.
The Indonesian President has decided to immediately relocate victims of a recent earthquake-triggered tsunami as well as residents living near Mentawai beaches of West Sumatra.
A regulation will be issued soon.The government is preparing the construction of about 4,000 shelter houses in highland area that closes to hills.
Earthquake Report.com is very enthusiastic about this regulation. The relocation is a wise decision as it does keep intact the way of living of the people, but gives them immediate evacuation possibilities in case of a tsunami alarm.
Based on a Jakarta Post article

October 30
Tsunami Animation South Pagai
South Pagai island tsunami animation by DR.Hamzah Latif (ITB tsunami expert)

http://www.vivanews.com/embed/video/11614/

October 30
Images and eyewitness accounts of the disaster have slowly begun trickling out as media crews reach the archipelago and tourists are repatriated. The video was shot by Sebastian Carvallo, a tourist staying at the Macaronis surf resort, which was almost completely destroyed by the tsunami. It shows how the 20 staff and 17 guests on location when the wave hit were able to escape by running to the top floor of the resort’s main building.
Click here to read the full article

Earthquake-Report.com has been continuously publishing breaking news on this Earthquake / Tsunami starting minutes after the earthquake occurred. Read the Latest News 1 article by clicking here.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 7.5 later increased to M 7.7
Monday, October 25, 2010 at 09:42:25 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 33 km
Geo-location(s) :
240 km (149 miles) S (184°) from Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia
Near the shores of the island of Pagai (part of the Mentawai Islands)

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS Shaking map
USGS historic earthquakes map
USGS Pager map
GDACS Green Earthquake Alert (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System)
GDACS Green Tsunami alert
Nearest LIVE seismograph in Papua New Guinea

* GDACS (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System) provides near real-time alerts about natural disasters around the world. GDACS is a Joint Initiative of the United Nations and the European Commission

QuakeSOS has been developed to help actively people who are caught in an earthquake + delivers "Earthquake Report" information on your iPhoneQuakeSOS is a FREE iPhone application developed by Armand Vervaeck, the creator and main contributor to Earthquake Report. The Application simplifies immediate group communication to friends and family members (with your exact GPS location) and is constantly feeding the users with “Earthquake Report” news. Together with your own family and friends, QuakeSOS will be your closest earthquake friend.

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