On Sunday morning January 4, 2009 at 4.43 am local time, a 7.6 Richter Scale earthquake hit Northern Papua, Indonesia. The epicenter was between Sorong and Manokwari at the depth of 35 km . The earthquake was followed by over dozens of aftershocks above 5.0 Richter scale. At least 4 persons were reported dead, 5 injured while close to one thousand persons were displaced to the hills in fear of tsunami. Telephone communications has been shut down, and many fears that number of casualties will be even more when communications are restored.
A small scale tsunami was reported to have taken place in Japan as a result of the earthquake with no report of damage or casualty yet. HOPE worldwide Indonesia is sending a team on January 5, to assess the situation on the ground and to provide medical services if needed. Indonesia has been a vulnerable part of the world as 2004 Tsunami and many other earthquakes that followed the list of natural disasters in the country.
For further information or to support our efforts, please contact:
Charles M. Ham, country director
[email protected] or 628161834574 (cell)
353 W. Lancaster Avenue Suite 200
Wayne, PA 19087