Table of Contents
- 2016 March • Earthquake Strikes Mentawai Island
- A Decade of Tsunami Relief: Author chat with Nadine Hoover of Friends Peace Teams
- Tunas Baru Preschool’s First College Graduate!
- 2015 FPT-AWP Annual report
- Update: How you can help the people of Barak Induk
- People of Barak Induk once again under attack
- 2015 June • News from Joglo Preschool
- Minute approved on 2 June 2015 by the AWP Working Group
- Nepal Earthquake Relief Log
- Visiting communities to listen to stories of loss and repair destroyed hopes for survival
- Nepal Relief Update
- Nepal Earthquake Appeal Letter
- First batch of relief support is distributed in Nepal
- Stay at the FPT Guesthouse in Pati, Indonesia
- Silaturahmi: The Power of Visiting
- News from Palestine and Israel
- Exploratory Workshop: Connecting with Australia’s First Peoples
- Community Reading Room and the Barak Induk New Generation AVP Team
- Floods in Pati, Central Java
- “Power of Goodness” has come under the care of FPT-AWP
- Good News for Global Drinking Water!
- AWP Fall 2013 Newsletter
- PeaceWays Newsletter Fall-Winter 2013-14 issue
- News August 3 2013
- News June 26 2013
- News from Nanik at Peace Place
- News April 1 2013
- News February 25 2013
- Activities at Peace Place in February 2013
- Report to Australia Yearly Meeting January 2013
- Peace Is Possible 16 January 2013
- Petrus sent us a letter from Peace Place in Central Java today.
- News August 2012
- News August 1, 2012
- News June 2012
- News May 2012
- Expanding from Indonesia to Asia West Pacific!
- News 12 April 2011
- Peace is Possible 9 March 2011
- News 14 Dec 2010
- News 25 Nov 2010
- News, 10 Aug 2010
- News 20 July 2010
- News 15 April 2010
- News 8 March 2010
- Water Filters 21 Jan 2010
- News 18 Jan 2010
- Teacher Update 18 Jan 2010
- News 27 Oct 2009
- News 19 Sept 2009
- News 15 May 2009
- News 16 April 2009
- News 28 Feb 2009
- News 15 Feb 2009
- News 9 Feb 2009
- News 14 Jan 2009
- PIPA Letter to Indonesian Government January 2009
- News 12 Dec 2008
- News 13 Nov 2008
- Request for Teachers
April 27 2008
- News 13 April 2008
2016 March • Earthquake Strikes Mentawai Island
After the 8.3 earthquake struck Mentawai island on 2 March 2016, I tried to contact our friends there, but we could not get through on the telephone.
I did receive information that Pak Joko, head of the Board for Women and Children’s Empowerment (BPMPKB) and learned that he was safe in South Tuapejat Sipora. There was no tsunmai or damage in his area. We continued to try to contact Homelia and Juniarni, two women who trained at Peace Place and returned to open preschool and parenting education based on nonviolence.
Juniarni lives in a village that had no cell phone signal even before the earthquake. She walks about seven kilometers to Sioban to make a phone call. We continued to try to contact them to see how they and their communities and schools faired.
For reference, I am in Central Java and the Island of Mentawai is off the coast of West Sumatra. It takes about five hours from Semarang to fly to Padang, West Sumatra because we have to transit in Jakarta. Then I must travel by speed boat from Padang to Mentawai for about 3.5 hours, and the boat does not run every day, even in good weather. So, when the cell service is cut off, it takes a great deal of time to get news to and from Mentawai.
We did receive word of Pak Joko from a friend who is on the island and has a satellite phone. In his area there were no casualties, but we continued to take the time to confirm information from other areas on the island.
The people of Mentawai are predominantly Christian and are known to not receive needed resources even under the best of conditions. For this reason we are particularly concerned that we offer this group attention and support when they are in need. And encourage others to do the same.
While it was difficult to make contact, about two weeks after the earthquake, I was finally able to call three friends in Mentawai. They said that there were power outages. And when the earthquake occurred on March 2, they lost communication using satellites. They are working to repair communications. Friends in the Mentawai have communicated that today they are in comfortable circumstances: no damage or casualties from the earthquake on March 2. But there were some reports that in some places on the day of the earthquake people were running toward a higher location in anticipation of a tsunami. It was determined that the epicenter was 682 km west-southwest of the Mentawai Islands, with a depth of 10 kilometers.
The photo below was taken in Mentawai after they rebuilt from the tsunami that occurred 10 October 2010. That earthquake occurred on the same fault that produced the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. The 2010 earthquake was widely felt across the provinces of Bengkulu and West Sumatra and resulted in a substantial localized tsunami that struck the Mentawai Islands (from Wikipedia).
Thank you for your concerns and support at this scary time.