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Originally posted by Ptolomeo
Sorry, Beachcoma I didn´t know you had posted it already.
Originally posted by Ptolomeo
If an ATS member speaks Indonesian, here is the link for the full information published by a local newspaper on the 17th of March.
Translated from Indonesian by Beachcoma
Tsunami Devastates Buru Island
116 houses were swept away, 157 severely damaged, three people died.
AMBON -- An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the richter scale shook the province of Maluku, Tuesday (3/14) at 16.05 WIT [Jakarta Time], clearly resulted in a tsunami 5 meters high at Buru Island. The problem is, the damage on Buru Island was just confirmed on Thursday (3/16).
Due to the effects of the wave, as many as 116 homes of the citizen of Pela Village, Batabual District, Buru were swept away. The village is now decimated, and deserted, because its citizens decided to seek refuge on the hills. At this moment, a total of 1,200 citizens are refugees in that district.
The quake damaged hundreds of homes of citizens in five villages in that district, and one village in Ambalau Island District. In Batu Jungku Village, as many as 54 homes of citizens were damaged. Aside from that, one SMP building and one mosque was also damaged. Three citizens of this village died, that is Amir Rahawarin (40), Wa Ona (6) and a baby. Another person, Ridwan Letsoin suffered injuries due to falling rubble.
Meanwhile in Waimorat 30 homes were damaged, Waelawa 61 homes, Waimoli six homes and one school, and in Ilath, the capital of Batabual District, six homes were damaged. Furthermore on Ambalau Island, which is part of Kabupaten Buru Province, as many as 19 homes were damaged because of the quake.
[To sum it up, the rest of the article up to the summary explains how various politicians and representatives are making an appearance and handing out food and medicine.
The article also mentions that part of the reason why this was reported so late was because the rest of the island was busy making preparations for the arrival of the Indonesian President who was expected to arrive for a speech or rally on Friday (3/17).
For this reason, the district representative and a contingent of reporters only arrived at the area on Thursday. It was then that he realized the extent of the devastation.
The article also mentions that the death toll is very low because the minute the citizens felt the quake, they ran for high ground. The refugees are still in various emergency government shelters and do not dare return for fear of a subsequent tsunami even though food supplies are running short]
* A quake measuring 6.4 on the richter scale occured on Tuesday (3/14) at 16.05 WIT. Swept away 116 rumah, damaged 157 and killed three people.
* As soon as the quake happend, citizens immediately sought out high-ground to avoid being hit by the sea wave.
* Bupati Buru Representative, Bakrie Lumbessy just inspected the quake location, Thursday (3/16) and brought help.
* Citizens are still seeking refuge in hill districts for fear of subsequent tsunamis.