Updated Oct. 1: As seen in the comments down below, Padang (the jumping off point for the Mentawais) is in chaos. Buildings have toppled down trapping thousands, and the death toll is steadily climbing. Yesterday I spoke to Anna Knox from Carlsbad, CA. who was looking for her son, Trenton. She last spoke to him at noon Padang time, just hours before the quake hit and hasn’t heard from him since. There were also reports that Laguna Beach pro surfer Jon Rose was missing, but according to a post below from what looks like a family member, he is okay and looking at ways to help out. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims of both Padang and the Samoan tsunami and any information regarding missing peoples whereabouts or status are greatly appreciated.
A day after an earthquake struck near American Samoa another trembler sent residents scrambling for shelter in this town that is used as a jumping off point for surfers going to the Mentawais. Anthony Marcotti from Kandui Resort reported to us that everything was okay in the Mentawais, but that Padang was a disaster.”It’s pouring rain, there’s no power, it’s middle of the night, and there’s a lot of confusion. Hotels have been destroyed and we’re just very concerned for everyone’s safety,” he said after talking via skype to his partner Jordan who somehow had an internet connection.
Here’s what CNN reported on it:
JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) — A major earthquake in Indonesia killed at least 75 people Wednesday, according to a Red Cross disaster report, citing an official report from the country’s vice president.
Thousands may be trapped by collapsed buildings and houses, said Rustam Pakaya, the head of Ministry of Health’s crisis center.
It struck at around 5 p.m. local time, about 33 miles (53 kilometers) from Padang, the capital city of West Sumatra. Padang is home to more than 800,000 people.
The earthquake, which had a magnitude of 7.6, according to the U.S Geological Survey, caused widespread power and phone outages, making it difficult for authorities and aid organizations to evaluate damage