Tragedy in the Pacific Belt

by Ayrea | October 1, 2009 | Newsletters 0 Comments

Two earthquakes once again cause mass devastation around the pacific.

October 1, 2009

The death tolls from two powerful underwater earthquakes less than a day apart were expected to continue climbing as residents of the islands of Samoa and the Indonesian island of Sumatra began to dig out from the natural disasters that tore through their cities and villages.

The earthquake that struck western Indonesia on Wednesday killed at least 200 people in the coastal city of Padang alone, according to news reports.

Mother and Daughter stare at the devestation.

Mother and Daughter stare at the devestation. - by James Wray

Thousands more were believed trapped in an estimated 500 buildings that toppled or were damaged in the quake, measured at magnitude 7.6.

The undersea quake was followed by a powerful, shallow inland earthquake this morning with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It hit about 150 miles south of Padang. Shallow, inland earthquakes generally are more destructive, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injures.

The Jakarta Post reported that roads leading to the Sumatran city of 900,000 had been cut off by debris but the local airport reopened early today.

At least 120 people died in Samoa and American Samoa after a magnitude 8 earthquake struck at dawn Tuesday sending four waves, each 15 to 20 feet high, crashing up to a mile inland, according to news reports.

“All of us at ELI 360 and our office in Jakarta express our condolence to families who have lost loved ones and have been left displaced,” said Erik Presley, president of ELI 360.

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