Indonesia tsunami – QuakeSOS Free iPhone app ranks top 3 in Indonesia

The Earthquake-Report.com QUAKESOS iPhone application ranked top 3 in Indonesia.
We @earthquake-report.com have build this application to facilitate people getting in contact with family and friends  to tell them they are safe or need help.
As long as mobile phone datalines are open (most of the send stations are continuing to work on batteries for hours and hours – recently proved in the Christchurch earthquake), and on the condition that a serious earthquake or aftershock has been published by  USGS, our registered users can send a message to all their friends and loved ones with 1 push on a button.
A simulation without earthquake can be tested too.

QuakeSOS is currently used by thousands of people worldwide.

QuakeSOS has been developed to help actively people caught in an earthquake + delivers the best earthquake information (earthquake-report.com)

We have build this application in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake and based on the press comments that many people were traumatized not to hear anything from their friends and loved ones.
The application is FREE to download from the iPhone app store and will remain free in the future.

Download it for FREE from the App store (can be used with iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad)
http://itunes.apple.com/app/quakesos-rt-news-earthquakes/id372398998?mt=8

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Indonesia tsunami – Baby survives by miracle (video). Mother, father and 4 brothers killed

A major dramatic event, almost always bring a miracle or miracles.
When the tsunami struck, killing hundreds of people, a one-month-old baby was found safe in the middle of the road.

The tiny baby survived the devastating tsunami which hit Muntei Hamlet, South Pagai, Mentawai Islands .
His father, Jekonia (33 years) and his mother Pure (30) along with four brothers were killed by the deadly Tsunami.

The baby was found by residents in the middle of the road.
The baby is now treated at the hospital of Sikakap. One can see Visible scars on the forehead and the face of the baby boy who has not been given a name yet.

Click on the link to view the video

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Indonesia tsunami – BMKG counters critics of tsunami warning

Excerpt of an article in the Jakarta Globe
Earthquake report, who followed all actions from the very beginning,  supports BMKG in his response to these critics.
People living near the Sea and Oceans should immediately evacuate to higher ground when  they feel the earthquake happening  (like in both Pagai islands).

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency on Thursday defended its lifting of a tsunami warning after Monday’s earthquake off Sumatra, even though some monstrous waves hit the Mentawai Islands, leaving more than 340 people dead and hundreds still missing.

Sriworo B Harijanto, who heads the agency known as the BMKG, said the tsunami warning it issued shortly after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake on Monday evening had been lifted one hour afterwards, in line with the standard operating procedures. Her agency was not responsible for ordering evacuations, she added.

The BMKG had also immediately forwarded the warning to the districts of Siberut, Muko-Muko, Bengkulu, Padang and Padang Panjang close to the epicenter of the temblor, and had received confirmation that they had received them.

“Afterwards it is the responsibility of these regional governments to relay the warning and order evacuation,” Sriworo said.

Sriworo said some tsunami early warning detectors off the west coast of Sumatra and the southern coast of Java had gone missing, but that did not prevent the issuance of an early warning.

“The number that went missing were not significant. The system works fine as we still managed to issue a warning five minutes after a quake,” she said.

Earlier Thursday, Warsito Purwo Taruno, a staff member specializing in research and cooperation for the State Ministry of Research and Technology (Ristek), said the country had lost six of the eight tsunami early warning detectors.

“Each of the sensory devices is attached underneath a buoy, installed on eight points along the fault lines in the Indian Ocean off the waters of Sumatra and Java. We only have two buoys left now,” he said.

The devices detect tremors caused by quakes and relay the data via satellite to the BMKG
Sriworo said that equally important was the quick response of coastal populations to heavy tremors.

People who sensed the tremor should have evacuated immediately rather than waiting for a tsunami warning,” she said.

Read the full article in the Jakarta Globe

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Indonesia massive M 7.7 Earthquake and Tsunami – latest news (3)

Topographic map of Mentawai Islands, Indonesia...

Image via Wikipedia

As our initial “latest news” article was getting too long, and as this event will certainly continue to add more news, we have decided to start another “latest news 3” article. Besides the most important earthquake data, also breaking news will be posted here.

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

October 29 – 00:15 UTC UPDATE
BMKG counters critics of tsunami warning

Earthquake report, who followed all actions from the very beginning,  supports BMKG in his response to these critics.
People living near the Sea and Oceans should immediately evacuate to higher ground when  they feel the earthquake happening  (like in both Pagai islands).
Read the full article here

October 28 – 23:48 UTC UPDATE
Billions of Indonesian rupiah in emergency funds have been approved and warships have been mobilized in response to the twin disasters Indonesia suffered this week, but rescue workers and victims are reporting distribution difficulties and supply shortages.

October 28 – 16:09 UTC UPDATE
New updated casualty numbers
Death Mentawai islanders : 374
Missing Mentawai islanders : 303
Seriously injured islanders : 264
Slightly injured : 137
The numbers have been reported by local officials

October 28 – 16:09 UTC UPDATE
Tsunami Preparedness on vacation
Whenever you go for a beach holiday in an earthquake country, be always aware of a possible Tsunami risk.
Be alarmed if the following natural signs of an approaching tsunami appear :
1) if you feel an earthquake. (even light shaking, the epicenter can be hundreds of km away)
2) if you see an unusual sea level change: sudden sea water retreat or rise.
3) if you hear a rumbling sound of approaching waves.
4) if you hear tsunami alarm sirens
Then you should IMMEDIATELY evacuate to higher ground.

October 28 – 15:08 UTC UPDATE
Video animation of how a tsunami is triggered
This animated video is a good example of what happened during the October 25 Mentawai earthquake. The island on the image could be seen as North Pagai and South Pagai.
The difference in this case was that the wave had a max. height of 3 meters (10 inch) and that the wave only reached the Pagai islands and not the mainland of Sumatra.
The time lapse was in this case also totally different.  As the epicenter was quiet close to the Pagai islands (about 30 km (20 miles) the wave must have reached the island shores in about 10 minutes.
Click here for the video page

October 28 – 13:34 UTC UPDATE
We urge our readers who want to understand what happened exactly when the earthquake / tsunami struck, to read the report of the Tsunami Research Center from the University of Southern California on the Mentawai islands tsunami.
The go into the technical details of what has happened and might have happened.
They made the report before was known that the tsunami  killed hundreds of people.
Click here to go to the report.

October 28 – 12:58 UTC UPDATE
Video footage from Australian surfers who survived tsunami
The video comes from an Australian TV station and went on the screen about 2 days after the tsunami.
Our only hope for live video recordings from the tsunami is hereby vanished, as these Australians were almost the only people who had modern material in the very remote and primitive Mentawai, North- and South Pagai islands.
Running to save your life is of course more important than anything else.
Click here to go to our Australian Surfers first testimony page

October 28 – 11:14 UTC UPDATE
A ship with urgent aid like food, water, medical supplies as well as body bags arrived Thursday at Sikakap, on North Pagai island, one of the two worst-hit islands in the Mentawai group.
Hundreds of villagers were being treated at a medical clinic, many requiring stitches to open cuts suffered as they were tossed around in the surging sea.

Picture from an article in the JakartaGlobe

October 28 – 11:12 UTC UPDATE
New updated casualty numbers

Death Mentawai islanders : 343
Missing Mentawai islanders : 379
Seriously injured islanders : 261
Slightly injured : 137
The numbers have been reported by local officials

October 28 – 7:32 UTC UPDATE
New updated casualty numbers

Although the exact number of death people is not important anymore, as a specialized reporter of earthquakes, we want to be as complete as possible, that is the main reason why we will continue to publish new updated numbers of victims, injured and missing people.
Death Mentawai islanders : 311
Missing Mentawai islanders : 379
Seriously injured islanders : 261
Slightly injured : 137
The numbers have been reported by local officials

October 27 – 16:38 UTC UPDATE
First VIDEO footage of the Mentawai islands.
This site gives a number of videos on the Tsunami on the Mentawai – Pagai islands
Link to Metronews

Earthquake-Report.com intermediate comment
The Mentawai – Pagai islands earthquake number of victims will normally be higher than 500, Earthquake-Report.com predicts.
The first 24 to 36 hours one could have hoped that people would have fled into the jungle to be safe for other tsunamis, but after 2 days this hope is fading away every hour that passes.
Those counted as missing will probably have been swallowed by the sea or would have been ejected into the jungle.
When an earthquake hits a big city, people can run to all directions and authorities will need many days to determine who is missing and who is showing up.
In this case the situation is completely different. Most of the villages on the Pagai islands are small to very small and people know each other.
Earthquake-Report.com fears that missing people in this case means more victims. We truly hope that we are totally wrong, but we fear for the worst scenario.

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.

Indonesia tsunami – A video animation how it happened

During quiet times in between earthquakes (interseismic periods), the oceanic crust is slowly pulled under the continental crust (at about 2 inches/year, the speed fingernails grow). There are places where the plates stick together (locked) and places where they don’t (creeping).

At locked zones, the lower plate pulls the upper plate down with it, causing the island to sink (though at 2 inches/year it is nearly imperceptible). Stress at the locked zone builds.

When the stress becomes too great, the upper plate breaks free and springs back, causing the island to suddenly pop up, an earthquake, and a tsunami.

This “seismic cycle” recurs about every 250 years.

Earthquake-Report.com comment
This animated video is a good example of what happened during the October 25 Mentawai earthquake. The island on the image could be seen as North Pagai and South Pagai.
The difference in this case was that the wave had a max. height of 3 meters (10 inch) and that the wave only reached the Pagai islands and not the mainland of Sumatra.
The time lapse was in this case also totally different.  As the epicenter was quiet close to the Pagai islands (about 30 km (20 miles) the wave must have reached the island shores in about 10 minutes.

Video and some text courtesy Calltech – California Istitute of Technology on YouTube

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Indonesia tsunami – Video footage from Australian surfers who survived tsunami

The footage comes from an Australian TV station and went on the screen about 2 days after the tsunami.
The number of casualties are no longer true. Please go to our Latest news page 3 to see the updated numbers.
Our only hope for live video recordings from the tsunami is hereby vanished, as these Australians were almost the only people who had modern material in the very remote and primitive Mentawai, North- and South Pagai islands.
Running to save your life is of course more important than anything else.



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Indonesia tsunami – Videos of the massive earthquakes of 2007 and 2009 in the same area

Unfortunately we have not yet seen any video footage on the October 25 Mentawai / Pagai tsunami or the damage on the scene.
More than 2 days after the tsunami struck, the available information is very limited.

Although the Mentawai islands were at high risk during recent years, none or very limited precaution measures were present in North and South Pagai.

2 massive earthquakes, a Magnitude 8.5 on September 12 2007 (see detailed report) claiming the lives of 25 people , and a Magnitude 7.5  on September 30, 2009 where 1,117 people were killed, should have been  a warning that more heavy tremors might be possible.

We were able to find 2 good video’s in ‘you tube’ about both events.

The first video is about the 2007 earthquake / Tsunami and gives a view of the living conditions and damage on the Mentawai islands.


The second short video of  Al Jazeera describes the damage in Padang Indonesia after the earthquake on September 30 2009.

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