Residents of Pidie Jaya regency in Aceh might experience more aftershocks from a 6.5-magnitude earthquake that hit the region on Dec. 7, but many of them have decided to stand up and quickly restart their lives.
Although some people still live in a number of evacuation shelters, many locals can already be seen continuing their normal activities. Traders are reopening their stalls while many students are already back in school. Residents Zulkarnaen and Rohimah have even decided to go ahead with their plan to tie the knot in a modest ceremony.
The earthquake, which killed more than 100 people and displaced thousands from their homes, has not made locals lose hope, as they are eager to start over once Mother Nature calms down. [hwa]