The earth shakes again

I was outside running errands most of the afternoon. When I came home, a neighbour said there were tremors shaking the condo.

Didn’t realise it was this bad though. AFP said via International Herald Tribune nearly an hour ago….

JAKARTA: A massive earthquake shook Indonesia on Wednesday, killing seven people, injuring 100 and triggering a small tsunami that hit one city on the island of Sumatra, the authorities said. Tsunami warnings were issued for much of the Indian Ocean region.

The 8.2-magnitude quake off Sumatra badly damaged buildings along the coast and could be felt in at least four countries, with tall buildings swaying as far as 2,000 kilometers away, or 1,200 miles.

It was followed by a series of powerful aftershocks, the strongest of which registered at a magnitude of 6.6 and triggered a second tsunami alert for Indonesia, the meteorological agency reported.

Indonesians die by the thousands every year due to strife, earthquake, volcano eruption, floods and in 2004, a huge tsunami. This proud nation has known a lot of suffering. Yet life goes on for its brave, resilient people.


6 thoughts on “The earth shakes again

  1. Sis,

    The longer I live here, Sis, the more I respect them. Landslides, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes floods – you name it – in the face of disaster they just quietly presevere and pick themselves up again. We Malaysians are a far blessed lot and there’s a lot we have to learn… Many years on I wouldn’t be surprised if Indonesians find their footing again and emerge as an economic force to be reckoned with. We Malaysians better take note… That’s why I think it pays for Malaysians to be nice to their bigger tetangga…

  2. Mat Salo.

    Lots of wisdom in what u have said. A pragmatic foreign policy is needed in ensuring strategic as well as friendly relations with our neighbours. But then who has the foresight? Who is pragmatic enuff in this Cabinet? None of those who matter, are.

    Jay and Elviza,

    yes, the Indons deserve admiration not only for their fortitude in the face of adversity after catastrophic adversity, but also their pride.

    Thanks for visiting peeps!

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