Earthquake and Tsunami Hit the Mentawais
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Emergency supplies heading for Sikakap, North Pagai. Photo. Jossi Syahrial/SurfAid
Padang 6.00am: A 7.5 magnitude earthquake has struck just south of the Mentawai
Islands sending a 2-3 metre (6-10 foot) tsunami into the southern island of Pagai Selatan.
The quake hit at 9.42pm local time on Monday 25
October. As we post this news, it is just coming dawn in the islands so
we don’t know what damage or injuries have occurred in our villages.
However, SurfAid’s Mentawai Program Manager Tom Plummer, who is in
Padang, believes the southern Mentawai may be trashed. He filed this
report which is directly from the crew of the surf charter boat, D’Bora.
in from D’Bora. 0100 Tuesday 26 October. There was a tsunami wave
washed through Maccas; debris everywhere. Midas (one of the surf
charter boats) in flames on the beach. We have all guests and crew
Soon after Tom filed this report:
was a 7.5 earthquake here around 21.42 on Monday 25 October. It created a
three-metre high tsunami which washed through Macaronis Bay where Midas
and Freedom were parked. Midas was hit by Freedom and caught on fire.
All guests jumped overboard. D'Bora picked up Midas guests who are all
safe apart from suffering some smoke inhalation and minor scratches.
Midas guests and crew were washed into the jungle and took more than an
hour to find their way back to the beach, where they were picked up by
D'Bora's tender. The surf guide on D'Bora, Joey Melroy, said that there
was a lot of debris floating in the water including bar stools and other
pieces of furniture from Macaronis Resort. No news of the state of our
village at Silabu as it is night time.”
Macaronis Photo. Nathan Smith/Quiksilver
Silabu Village. Low lying villages face tsumani risk. Photo. Bob Barker