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Island focus: Tsunami fears keep residents in hills

  • The Jakarta Post

Padang   /   Mon, February 4 2019   /  01:37 am

A string of strong earthquakes that hit Mentawai Islands regency, West Sumatra, on Saturday evening, triggered panic among residents who rushed to higher ground to avoid a potential tsunami.

Haunted by a tsunami that devastated the regency nine years ago, Supri Lindra, a resident of Sikakap city, North Pagai Island, said he and his family fled from their home near the beach to stay with relatives living in the hilly part of the island.

He said many Sikakap residents had moved to higher ground because of a 5.3- and 6.1-magnitude earthquake that jolted the island on Saturday at 4:03 p.m. and 4:27 p.m., respectively.

Some chose to stay near their homes, rolling out mats outside as they were reluctant to sleep indoors.

“All of us are still traumatized,” Supri said, remembering the tsunami that hit North Pagai and South Pagai islands on Oct. 25, 2010, following...