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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Indonesia massive M 7.7 Earthquake and Tsunami – latest news (2)

Pasapuat Village, North Pagai, Mentawai Islands - Click on the picture to go to the Vivanews article

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 2” 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.

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

Click on the picture to go to the Metronews site

October 27 – 15:54 UTC UPDATE
Excerpt from an article of Antara news
Only some of the dead bodies have been buried by their families.
Around 20 bodies were seen being buried after a SAR (Search and rescue) team discovered them on Wednesday.
He said the burial took place in a simple ceremony at a family cemetary.
More bodies were not yet buried or even evacuated as the SAR team was not big enough.
A lot of bodies at swamps were not yet evacuated.
77 people had been seriously injured.

October 27 – 15:30 UTC UPDATE
Excerpt from an article in the JakartaGlobe
The toll from a tsunami which smashed into Indonesia rose sharply past 270 on Wednesday as rescuers reached the remote islands hit hardest by the disaster and found scenes of devastation.
At least 10 villages were flattened when the tsunami triggered by a 7.7-magnitude offshore earthquake pounded the Mentawai islands late Monday off the west coast of Sumatra.
We’ve recovered 272 bodies. At least 412 people are still missing,” West Sumatra provincial disaster management official Ade Edward told AFP.
Survivors said they had no warning that the three-metre (10-foot) wave was bearing down on the Mentawais, a popular destination for foreign surfers but otherwise a poor and neglected outpost in the vast Indonesian archipelago.
Borinte, 32, a farmer from Detumonga village on the coast of North Pagai island, said he managed to stay alive by clasping to a piece of wood. His wife and three children were killed.
“About 10 minutes after the quake we heard a loud, thunderous sound. We went outside and saw the wave coming. We tried to run away to higher ground but the wave was much quicker than us,” he told AFP.

October 27 – 14:14 UTC UPDATE
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.

October 27 – 13:57 UTC UPDATE
Reuters just reported that the death toll from Monday’s tsunami that struck remote islands in Indonesia’s Sumatra province has risen to at least 282 people, and another 411 are still missing.

October 27 – 13:35 UTC UPDATE
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. Click here for the article

October 27 – 10:02 UTC UPDATE
VIVAnews
, a well informed local news source in Indonesia, is reporting that number of confirmed casualties reaches more than 200. They changed their records  after they had a phone call with Mr. Joskamatir, Chairman of the Disaster Management Agency of  the Pagai Islands.
Other information of the 10:02 update from VIVAnews is still correct.

October 27 – 11:41 UTC UPDATE
Navy ships packed with medicine and food and rescuers in helicopters headed on Wednesday to remote Indonesian islands that were pounded by a 10-foot tsunami, sweeping away villages and killing at least 154 people.
Rough seas and bad weather (… ER) have hampered relief operations, leaving villagers to fend for themselves for nearly two days. With not enough people to dig graves, corpses littered beaches and roads, according to district chief, Edison Salelo Baja. Fisherman were scouring waters in search of survivors.
The fault line that ruptured Monday on Sumatra island’s coast also caused the 2004 quake and monster Indian Ocean tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.
Read the full article in JakartaGlobe

October 27 – 10:02 UTC UPDATE
VIVAnews
, a well informed local news source in Indonesia just published new information on the Mentawai / Pagai tsunami.
Although there are conflicting numbers depending on the source, the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) just reported 166 people confirmed killed by the tsunamis.
Hamlet Munte village had a dead toll of 58 people so far.
Dusun Malakopak claimed 56 lives.
Other villages which have been hard hit by the tsunami were Dusun Silabu, Munte Baru Baru, Malakopak and Betumonga.
70 injured people are currently hospitalized in Sikupap.
Aid teams made a plea for urgent additional help and medicines.
Injured people are currently treated with primitive means in makeshift camps as most of their wooden and bamboo houses are destroyed.
Bodies are net yet buried and have temporarily been covered for further action.
This is the most complete report we could read so far.

October 27 – 07:46 UTC UPDATE
Xinhua news reports that the dead toll has gone up to 152 people confirmed killed by the Tsunami and 400 still missing.  15 people were reported as seriously injured.
SAR teams have reported that 3 elementary schools, one junior high school, five worship houses and five bridges as well as 291 houses were destroyed. This is only a temporary report.

October 27 – 07:46 UTC UPDATE
Statement by President Obama on the Indonesian tsunami
Michele and I are deeply saddened by the loss of life, injuries, and damage that have occurred as a result of the recent earthquake and tsunami in West Sumatra. At the same time, I am heartened and encouraged by the remarkable resiliency of the Indonesian people and the commitment of their Government to rapidly assist the victims. As a friend of Indonesia, the United States stands ready to help in any way. Meanwhile, our thoughts and prayers are with the Indonesian people and all those affected by this tragedy.
White House statement webpage

October 27 – 07:46 UTC UPDATE
Indonesian Vice President Boediono on Wednesday urged for priority on tsunami refugees in Mentawai Islands of West Sumatera province, detikcom online news reported.
West Sumatra is really prone area of earthquake as a year ago the same incident struck the province.
Therefore, it needs a very concrete alertness, he said, adding that the refugees must be handled first.
Source : Xinhua

Click on the picture to read the Jakarta Post

October 27 – 05:46 UTC UPDATE
First pictures of totally devastated villages are appearing in Jakarta Post.
It took almost 2 days before Indonesian Search and Rescue workers reached the Pagai Islands (which Earthquake Report does not understand !).
The vast devastation of some shore villages is now confirmed with the first aerial pictures coming out.
On the picture a Flattened village: The Jakarta Post photo shows a village flattened by Monday’s earthquake triggered tsunami on Pagai island, West Sumatra, on Wednesday. Rescuers battled rough seas Tuesday to reach remote Indonesian islands pounded by the three-meter tsunami that swept away homes, and killed dozens of people.

October 27 – 00:54 UTC UPDATE
After Monday’s quake and tsunami, many panicked residents fled to high ground and were too afraid to return home.
That could account in part for the more than 500 people still missing, said Hendri Dori, a local lawmaker, adding: “We’re trying to stay hopeful.”
Hundreds of wooden and bamboo homes were washed away on the island of Pagai, with water flooding crops and roads up to 600 yards (meters) inland. In Muntei Baru, a village on Silabu island, 80 percent of the houses were badly damaged.
With few relief workers able to get to the hardest-hit islands – reachable only by a 12-hour boat ride – fishermen searched for the living and dead. Corpses lay unburied because there was not enough outside help to dig graves, according to the Mentawai district chief, Edison Salelo Baja.
Excerpt of an article in the Jakarta Post – Read the full article

October 27 – 00:22 UTC UPDATE
Aftershocks continue to rattle the greater Pagai Islands area.
Aftershock east of Pulau Sipura, another Mentawai island. This is the first time since the major shock that the epicenter was that far north. Other major +6 quakes are possible because of the major movement of the plates.

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
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 massive M 7.5 earthquake – the latest news

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.
The earthquake informative page as published in the beginning can be found here.

Click on the picture to read the Jakarta Post

October 27 – 05:46 UTC UPDATE
First pictures of totally devastated villages are appearing in Jakarta Post.
It took almost 2 days before Indonesian Search and Rescue workers reached the Pagai Islands (which Earthquake Report does not understand !).
The vast devastation of some shore villages is now confirmed with the first aerial pictures coming out.
On the picture a Flattened village: The Jakarta Post photo shows a village flattened by Monday’s earthquake triggered tsunami on Pagai island, West Sumatra, on Wednesday. Rescuers battled rough seas Tuesday to reach remote Indonesian islands pounded by the three-meter tsunami that swept away homes, and killed dozens of people.

October 27 – 00:54 UTC UPDATE
After Monday’s quake and tsunami, many panicked residents fled to high ground and were too afraid to return home.
That could account in part for the more than 500 people still missing, said Hendri Dori, a local lawmaker, adding: “We’re trying to stay hopeful.”
Hundreds of wooden and bamboo homes were washed away on the island of Pagai, with water flooding crops and roads up to 600 yards (meters) inland. In Muntei Baru, a village on Silabu island, 80 percent of the houses were badly damaged.
With few relief workers able to get to the hardest-hit islands – reachable only by a 12-hour boat ride – fishermen searched for the living and dead. Corpses lay unburied because there was not enough outside help to dig graves, according to the Mentawai district chief, Edison Salelo Baja.
Excerpt of an article in the Jakarta Post – Read the full article

October 27 – 00:22 UTC UPDATE
Aftershocks continue to rattle the greater Pagai Islands area.
Aftershock east of Pulau Sipura, another Mentawai island. This is the first time since the major shock that the epicenter was that far north. Other major +6 quakes are possible because of the major movement of the plates.

October 26 – 16:50 UTC UPDATE
Nine Australians and a Japanese man were in the area aboard surf charter boat MV Southern Cross when the quake struck.
Fears had been growing for the vessel, skippered by Australian Chris Scurrah and Japanese Akinori Fujita.
But the men finally made contact with their Padang-based company Sumatran Surfariis (Surfariis) on Tuesday night.
“They are now safe, they have been found,” staff member Yuli Rahmi told AAP.
“They only lost their phone signal, they didn’t even feel any tsunami.”
The men were now on land on the island of South Pagai
, Ms Rahmi said.
Earlier, humanitarian organisation SurfAid International had been coordinating a search for the vessel.
Read the full Nine News article from the Australian TV station

Southern Cross surfers boat who is missing

October 26 – 15:52 UTC UPDATE
New intermediate report on casualties : 113 people killed, 502 still missing.
Yesterdays earthquake becomes more and more a catastrophe for the people and their goods on the North Pagai and South Pagai Islands.
Medical teams and Search and Rescue teams have been sent to the islands (why so late ? ).
80 percent houses at Betumonga village have been destroyed.

October 26 – 14:30 UTC UPDATE
In September 2007, South Pagai was struck by and even bigger earthquake !
On September 21, 2007, an 8.4 earthquake struck Sumatra near South Pagai Island, producing a cluster of six small new islands, and enlarging others by uplift. A large portion of Indonesia is seismically active; the number, size, submergence and emergence and shape of islands continues to evolve. (Source Wikipedia)
Why have the authorities not learned from the 2007 earthquake.
It astonishes Earthquake-Report.com that no wave monitoring equipment was installed since then.
Although the time lapse of the wave striking the islands only 15 minutes after the earthquake, a fast detection system might have saved the lives of many people. Wave height estimates from calculated models have been proved to underestimate the wave heights.

October 26 – 13:04 UTC UPDATE
Reuters report 101 people killed during the massive earthquake.
Hundreds still missing
.

October 26 – 12:45 UTC UPDATE
24 hours after the massive earthquake and adjacent Tsunami struck the Pangai Islands, it is still not certain what the final result will be. The current situation reads as follows :
At least 41 people are killed while 380 others are missing,a speaker of regional parliament of Kepulauan Mentawai regency, was quoted as saying.
High tides have hindered the rescue work, preventing the rescuers from reaching the stricken area.
Detikcom online news reported that the government has no equipment to monitor waves in Mentawai.
A report said that the height of the waters reached 3 meters high in Silabu village at North Pagai Mentawai island, head of crisis center of Health Ministry named only Mujiharjo told Xinhua on Tuesday.

October 26 – 12:15 UPDATE

Nine Australians and a Japanese man who were believed to be aboard the Southern Cross were missing on Tuesday.
The missing group of surfers were on a traditional wooden boat, the Southern Cross, skippered by an Australian Chris Scurrah and Japanese Akinori Fujita.
SurfAid, a charity set up a decade ago to help villagers in the Mentawai region, said the boat was believed to be close to the quake’s epicentre.
Dave Jenkins, SurfAid’s founder, said Scurrah had “been around here for a long time. He knew to contact in if he could. So that’s why we’re extra concerned.”
A search and rescue mission for the Southern Cross had been launched, Jenkins said.
“We do have increasingly worrying reports of quite high numbers of people who are missing in villages,” he said, adding that he hopes to have accurate information on the missing boat by Wednesday.
Australia waited anxiously for news of its missing nationals.

The remote Mentawai islands are popular with surfers searching for big waves and pristine beaches.
Read the full Nine News Australia report here

October 26 – 11:55 UTC UPDATE
Area is jolted by continuous aftershocks measuring up to M 5.3.

A Mentawai village.

An old picture of the native tribes on the islands - Image via Wikipedia

October 26 – 09:22  UTC UPDATE :
Dead toll rises further on the Pagai Islands
Rescue teams found at least 4 bodies after a tsunami hit the islands.
VIVAnews just reported 21 people confirmed killed, 240 still missing.
REUTERS who is citing official sources is talking now about 40 people killed and 380 still missing.
Earthquake-report.com fears that the dead toll will even rise further tomorrow.  Soon it will be dark on the islands and we will have to wait another 12 hours before rescue teams can search again during daylight.

October 26 – 10:11 UTC UPDATE
Nine Australian surfers still missing
At least nine Australian surfers are missing after a powerful undersea earthquake triggered a tsunami in a popular surfing area in Indonesia’s west.
The Sumatran Surfariis charter boat company on Tuesday said it was still trying to contact its Southern Cross vessel 16 hours after the 7.7-magnitude quake hit the Mentawai Islands, west of Sumatra.
“There is one boat that we haven’t been able to make contact with, the Southern Cross,” Yuli Rahmi, a staff member of the Padang-based company, told AAP.
“Among the passengers there are nine Australian citizens.”
Read the full report + view the video footage of the Australian TV here

October 26 – 09:22  UTC UPDATE :
3 people confirmed killed (based on local informants of VIVAnews).  Hundreds are still missing and did not show up so far.  Officials indicate that people might have fled in the forest and had not return to their villages because of fear for huge aftershocks and other tsunamis. It will take at least 1 more day before we will have reliable data on the total damage, injured and killed people.
Damage has been reported on both North Pagai and even more on South Pagai. Most information comes from North Pagai, which was further away from the epicenter than South Pagai.
Official emergency services only have certainty about 1 casualty but confirm that their data is far from complete.
Pagai Islands are very scarcely populated and have only fishing villages and some surfer resorts.
One of these resorts ‘Macaroni resort‘ was heavily damaged by the earthquake. Officials also said that they had no news of a number of ships that must have been floating in the earthquake epicenter area and near the islands.
Officials are talking about waves of 1.2 meter. However eywitness reports from Australian surfers were telling stories of waves up to 3 meter high.
Earthquake-report.com has stated from the very beginning that South Pagai was most at risk for this earthquake.
We will report more news if it has a added value and when it is reliable.

October 26 – 07:52 UTC UPDATE :
160 people missing after Tsunami
As feared from the very beginning by Earthquake-Report.com the earthquake ravage would be far greater than initially expected. For many hours their was no news of the villages of the Pagai Islands, but as daylight began reports were coming out of damaga and casulaties.

Reuters just revealed that at least 160 people, mainly woman and children, were missing on one of the islands.

Excerpt of a just published Jakarta Globe article
A major 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck off the west coast of Indonesia on Monday, seismologists said, causing localized waves in the remote area.
A tsunami warning was issued, and while it was later withdrawn and no casualties were confirmed, a group of Australian visitors reported that their boat was destroyed by a “wall of white water” crashing into a bay.
The undersea quake hit Indonesia’s Kepulauan Mentawai region at 9:42 pm at a shallow depth of 20.6 kilometers, the US Geological Survey said.
Mudjiharto, the head of Health Ministry’s Crisis Center, told the Jakarta Globe that two locals from Sipora Island had been confirmed dead on Tuesday.
There were also reports that 80 percent of the homes in two villages had been flattened.
“There are many fatalities and missing people, but we are still counting.”

Read the full article by clicking here

October 26 – 05:45 UTC UPDATE
Australian surfers fled to the trees when a tsunami struck the Pagai islands.

Australian surfers were carried more than 200m inland when a tsunami destroyed the boat they were on off the Indonesian island of Pagai.

The three-metre high tsunami destroyed the charter boat, though the 15 people aboard managed to survive by clinging to floating objects.

The group were then forced to climb trees to avoid more large waves coming inland after a major 7.5-magnitude earthquake, Nine News reported.
Read it all in 2 articles from Australia’s NINE news   +

Australians OK after boat wrecked in quake

October 26 – 05:20 UTC UPDATE :
We have been able to get some new information from VIVAnews a local Indonesian newspaper.
Although the story is far from complete, residents on the islands are starting to tell the story.
A local tsunami of 1 to 1.5 meter high has destroyed a uncertain number of houses.
At least 2 people died and 1 is missing on some islands in South Pagai, after the earthquake struck in the Mentawai Islands on Monday.
The first information from the islands was  (not surprisingly) disclosed to Australia’s NINE news by a number of surfers who were on a boat in the vicinity of the islands. Suddenly and shortly after the earthquake struck, a wall of water of nearly 3 meter high was rolling to the coast.

23:14 UTC UPDATE :
2 more aftershocks. One of M 4.9 at 22:10 UTC and another one of M 6.2 a couple of minutes ago at 22:59 UTC. After analyzing satellite pictures we assume that the most important inhabited village is located at the northern side of South Pagai. This location has not been directly hit so far. On the satellite pictures we can see e limited number of modern buildings.

19:52 UTC UPDATE :
Powerful M 6.1 aftershock strikes the same area. If the preliminary epicenter location is confirmed, this aftershock would be much nearer to the shores of Pagai South.
Read the detailed report on this aftershock here

19:43 UTC UPDATE :
Impressive seismograms from stations all over the world.
Awaiting more information on South Pagai, we hope our readers will take a look at the LIVE SEISMOGRAM OVERVIEW page from USGS.  All the seismographs all over the world are coloring black from this massive earthquake. From Alaska to Antarctica, all seismographs picked up the waves from the Mentawai Islands quake. The waves did travel through the  earth.

18:57 UTC UPDATE :
USGS has increased the Magnitude of the earthquake to M 7.7. This makes this (shallow) earthquake one of the most powerful that occurred this year and even more powerful than the Haiti and the China earthquakes, both with huge numbers of casualties. Contrary to what most agencies are reporting at the moment, this earthquake will have shock-waves from at least VII MMI (very strong shaking).  Local Indonesian Sumatra press has still no news from the Pagai islands. They indicate that the mainland did not experience a big earthquake which was previsioned from the beginning by the seismology agencies.
We guess that it will take another 8 to 12 hours before mainland can make more inspections during daylight.

17:40 UTC UPDATE :
Still no news from the Pagai Islands. Local Sumatra Padang press is mentioning 3 aftershocks measuring +5 Magnitudes.
Many witnesses confirmed that NO tsunami was seen on the beaches. Local residents did ran on the streets with the first shock and some of them went immediately refueling their cars to be ready in case a new heavy shock with a tsunami treat would hit the coast.

16:57 UTC UPDATE :
Mentawai islands : a surfer’s paradise.
The Mentawai Islands are one of the most consistent surf destinations in the entire world. The power of southern Indian Ocean storms is turned by the prevailing SE trades towards these amazing islands and amplified. The result is surf that is remarkably consistent and of unsurpassed quality. During the southern hemisphere winter, (late April to early November) the Indian Ocean is an over-active, groundswell machine.
A big number of surfer locations with connected holiday accommodation is present on the islands. Click on this link to see the locations of a specialized surfer’s website.

16:20 UTC UPDATE :
No news from the islands which where the most hit. We maintain our RED earthquake level as we predict that the shaking would have been very strong on South Pagai. Luckily, this island is scarcely populated. The lack of modern cities with stone and concrete buildings can be the fortunate element in this massive earthquake. As far as we can see, most villages on the islands are rather primitive and have wooden houses. Lets hope that this earthquake will not come in our extensive list of “deadly earthquakes”.

16:04 UTC UPDATE :
2 Aftershocks measuring M 5.2 have hit the same greater epicenter area. We expect that many more aftershocks will hit the same area the coming hours, days and even weeks

15:44 UTC UPDATE : INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT LIFTS TSUNAMI ALARM.
As expected by Earthquake-report.com, the Indonesian government has lifted the tsunami alarm quite soon. All simulations gave only limited tsunami waves on nearby islands which have been reached soon after the first very heavy shock.

Origin of the earthquake
The Mentawai Islands lie above tha Sunda megathrust, a seismically active zone responsible for many great earthquakes. This megathrust runs along the southwestern side of Sumatra island, forming the interface between the Eurasian Plate and Indo-Australian Plate.
Earthquake and tsunami activity has been high since the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.
In 1833, the region was hit with an earthquake possibly similar in size to the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake[2] and also another large one in 1797.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 7.5
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 – Australians surfers safe and well

Nine Australians and a Japanese man were in the area aboard surf charter boat MV Southern Cross when the quake struck.
Fears had been growing for the vessel, skippered by Australian Chris Scurrah and Japanese Akinori Fujita.

But the men finally made contact with their Padang-based company Sumatran Surfariis (Surfariis) on Tuesday night.
“They are now safe, they have been found,” staff member Yuli Rahmi told AAP.
“They only lost their phone signal, they didn’t even feel any tsunami.”
The men were now on land on the island of South Pagai
, Ms Rahmi said.

Earlier, humanitarian organisation SurfAid International had been coordinating a search for the vessel.

Read the full Nine News article from the Australian TV station

The story before

Nine Australians and a Japanese man who were believed to be aboard the Southern Cross were missing on Tuesday.
The missing group of surfers were on a traditional wooden boat, the Southern Cross, skippered by an Australian Chris Scurrah and Japanese Akinori Fujita.
SurfAid, a charity set up a decade ago to help villagers in the Mentawai region, said the boat was believed to be close to the quake’s epicentre.
Dave Jenkins, SurfAid’s founder, said Scurrah had “been around here for a long time. He knew to contact in if he could. So that’s why we’re extra concerned.”
A search and rescue mission for the Southern Cross had been launched, Jenkins said.
“We do have increasingly worrying reports of quite high numbers of people who are missing in villages,” he said, adding that he hopes to have accurate information on the missing boat by Wednesday.
Australia waited anxiously for news of its missing nationals.

The remote Mentawai islands are popular with surfers searching for big waves and pristine beaches.
Read the full Nine News Australia report here

 

 

South Pagai struck by and even bigger earthquake in 2007 – no lessons learned ?

Mentawai jungle house (Indonesia)

In September 2007, South Pagai was struck by and even bigger earthquake !

On September 21, 2007, an 8.4 earthquake struck Sumatra near South Pagai Island, producing a cluster of six small new islands, and enlarging others by uplift.
A large portion of Indonesia is seismically active; the number, size, submergence and emergence and shape of islands continues to evolve. (Source Wikipedia)

Why have the authorities not learned from the 2007 earthquake ?
It astonishes Earthquake-Report.com that no wave monitoring equipment was installed since then.
Although the time lapse of the wave striking the islands was only 15 minutes after the earthquake, a fast detection system might have saved the lives of many people. Wave height estimates from calculated models have been proved to underestimate the wave heights.
GDACS ( a great alert system) gave wave heights up to 50 cm.
The Indonesian government called immediately a Tsunami alert, but the big question remains : Do the systems reach also remote travel resorts and small fishing villages.
A lot of questions to be answered in the aftermath of this earthquake and Tsunami.
So far not enough witness reports have been collected to create a good picture of all the realtime facts.

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Dead toll rises further on the Pagai Islands

Rescue teams found at least 4 bodies after a tsunami hit the islands.
VIVAnews just reported 21 people confirmed killed, 240 still missing.
REUTERS who is citing official sources is talking now about 40 people killed and 380 still missing.
Earthquake-report.com fears that the dead toll will even rise further tomorrow.
Soon it will be dark on the islands and we will have to wait another 12 hours before rescue teams can search again during daylight.

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Indonesia massive M 7.5 earthquake – second big M 6.2 aftershock

Earthquake Report comment :
Again a powerful shallow aftershock. The strongest so far.
Preliminary records show that the epicenter is again located on the southern edge of South Pagai.
After analyzing satellite pictures we assume that the most important inhabited village is located at the northern side of South Pagai. This location has not been directly hit so far. On the satellite pictures we can see a limited number of modern buildings.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : M 6.2
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 05:59:53 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 21.5 km
Geo-location(s) :
Near the southern tip of South Pagai, Mentawai Islands, Indonesia
205 km (125 miles) WNW of Bengkulu, Sumatra, Indonesia
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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

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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