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Indonesia tsunami – Chilean surfer Sebastian Carvallo tsunami eywitness video

Five days after a devastating Tsunami swept across the Indonesian archipelago of Mentawai a video shot by an Australian tourist who narrowly escaped the deadly wave has emerged on the Web.
The 3-meter high wave was triggered by a 7.7 magnitude earthquake off the western coast of the island of Sumatra on the night of October 26. The latest official death toll stands at 408, but disaster response officials believe it could top 600 as hope of finding the 303 people still missing fades. Almost 13,000 people have lost their homes and are living in makeshift camps on the island.
The Mentawais, a legendary destination for surfers, are an otherwise neglected and hard to reach part of Indonesia. In the immediate aftermath of the quake, damaged phone lines and a poor Internet connection made it almost impossible to reach survivors from the mainland or overseas.
Bad weather has hampered efforts to ferry aid such as tents, medicine, food and water to the islands by boat from the nearest port of Padang, which is more than half a day away, even in the best conditions.
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.

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Indonesia tsunami – French, New Zealand and American tourists still missing

Tourists surfing the waves in North Pagai

A number of foreign people were reported still missing. They are citizens of three countries, namely France, New Zealand and the United States.

Roxane Couty, a French citizen, send electronic mail to Indonesia that she had no news from Yannick Couty  since the tsunami struck the Mentawai Islands on Monday, October 25.
She suspected that Yannick was on the Mentawai islands with his friend, Axele Madelaine.
Yannick and Axele, said Roxane, were in the Mentawai Islands since October 14.
They spend a 3 week vacation on an island of the Mentawai archipelago.
Roxane fears that her brother must have been on the islands when the tsunami struck.

A transportation company who links Padang (mainland Sumatra) with Mentawai, received a call from a New Zealand mother, Mrs. Joanie Irissari, that she was searching her son Ryan, who was on a vacation with two friends to the Mentawai since 25 October.
Mrs. Irissari  had a last contact with her son on Oct. 25.  At that time, Ryan said that he was going from Sibolga to Mentawai. “But after that no news,” said Aim.

The latest report came from the United States Embassy in Indonesia.
The Embassy reported that an American citizen named Arick Salvador allegedly disappeared after departing from Java to the Mentawai on 14 October. hope that they will be safe and well.

Source : Indonesian Vivanews

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Powerful 6.1 aftershock hits Pagai Island again

Earthquake Report comment :
Powerful aftershock with a preliminary epicenter at the eastern shores of Mentawai Island South Pagai.
GDACS has just issued a GREEN earthquake alert for this earthquake = very limited chance on damage and/or injuries. takes this aftershock very serious, as the epicenter is under the island and as eventually earlier damaged buildings from the main quake might collapse. Calculated models from USGS are expecting again a MMI of VI to VII.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Mw 6.1
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 02:37:30 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 22.9 km
Geo-location(s) :
On the shores of eastern South Pagai
225 km (140 miles) S of Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia
225 km (140 miles) WNW of Bengkulu, Sumatra, Indonesia
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