The new village after the tsunami on 10 October 2010 in Hamlet Sao, Bosua village, a sub-district south Sipora, Mentawai Islands. Photo: April 2015 by Petrus
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).