We are fine and safe here in Jakarta after yesterday’s earthquake off the coast of Sumatra. It’s about 1000 miles away from where we are, and we didn’t feel a thing. Also, the island of Sumatra blocked any waves that might have been headed our way.
We’re not sure what the coverage has been like at home, but it’s the only story on all the local and international news stations. Every time we check the number of dead rises which is very depressing.
Here in Indonesia, the problem has been communicating with the worst hit areas. The epicenter was off the coast of Aceh, the region at the northern tip of Sumatra. This area has had considerable unrest amidst the separatist movement that has been active over the last decade, and thus there is not much in the way of an established communications infrastructure. So the news is slowly trickling out, and government officials were rushing there yesterday to try and asses the damage. This morning the news was reporting about 4000 dead there, but this could be a gross underestimate.
But we’re fine here, business as usual in Jakarta.