By Taylor Paul
The most wave-rich area on earth just lived up to its other reputation as among the most seismically active.
On Monday, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake shook the Mentawai islands 175 miles south of Padang and sent a tsunami directly at the world’s most rippable left, Macaronis. To find out more than the recycled information we found on CNN and the World Wide Web, we rang a boat captain familiar with the region. He’s been in contact with people on the ground and in the water around the Mentawais since the quake hit,and what follows are excerpts from our conversation Tuesday afternoon.
In the captain’s own words:
“I don’t want to be quoted with my name.We don’t to be seen as trying to publicize ourselves through this tragedy. Also, I can’t vouch for everything I’m going to tell you,because it’s coming from the boat association that the western boats are all a part of down there. I believe it’s accurate, but I don’t want to sit here saying something that turns out not to be true because I don’t have firsthand knowledge.
The boats are all cooperating with each other. People dropped what they were doing and searched for the missing boats, and they picked up the guests from Macaroni resort. We’re now organizing with the government to take people who survey the damage to the most affected areas. The government, NGOs and the relief agencies need transport out there so the natural way is the charter boats.