As the traumatised people of Sumatra salvage what they can after Wednesday’s and Thursday’s earthquakes, the Indonesian island has been hit by a further tremor registering 6.9 on the Richter Scale. Another Tsunami warning has been issued as the survivors try to pick up the pieces of what was once their homes, but a series of strong aftershocks, as many as forty are continuing to frighten many.
Aid began to arrive within 24 hours after the first quake and relief teams are now attempting to asses the damage. Wednesdays’s 8.4 quake was the world’s largest this year and struck out at sea some 130 kilometres south-west of the city of Bengkulu. The second registering 7.8, later struck near the city of Padang.
At least 13 people have been killed and nearly 50 injured with hundreds of homes along Indonesia’s western coast having been destroyed. Thousands of people are reported to have spent several nights sleeping in the open or seeking refuge in tents along the road sides waiting for the aftershocks to subside.