Indonesia Earthquake Relief Update
Day One - September 12, 2007
Today an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 8.2 hit Bengkulu, South Sumatra. The 15 kilometer (12 miles) deep quake is just 64 miles west off the coast. It was reportedly felt all the way to Jakarta and Padang. Five aftershocks greater than 5 on the Richter Scale have been reported since the initial quake. The government issued a tsunami warning to local residents, which has since been canceled.
Rusmin, resident of Bengkulu described the situation, "People are panicked and are afraid to enter their houses. It is still dark so, we do not know if our friends or family are still alive or not."
HOPE worldwide-Indonesia staff member, Robin Silalahi spoke with his brother who lives in smaller city of Ketahun, two hours from Bengkulu. He reported his house was damaged, while his neighbor's house was destroyed. Residents are in panic and without shelter as night falls in this region.
Charles Ham, Executive Director, HOPE worldwide-Indonesia reports they are monitoring the situation closely. The team is currently mobilizing local disaster relief volunteers scheduled to arrive in Bengkulu at noon on Thursday, September 13 with aid and medicines. The organization is also providing 5,000 pounds of additional aid including medical and hygene kits.
September 12- The Earthquake Hits
September 13- Help Arrives
September 14- Overcoming Obstacles
September 20- A Letter from HOPE worldwide Indonesia
October 1- What is Next?
October 19- Increased Volcanic Activites Endanger Thousands
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