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05 Oct 2009 description
report Mercy Corps

Portland, OR - Mercy Corps staff have been working quickly and diligently to respond to the devastation wrought by two enormous disasters in the Asia-Pacific region: the earthquakes on the Indonesian island of Sumatra and the tsunami in the Samoan Islands.

Two successive earthquakes struck western Indonesia last Wednesday, collapsing markets, schools and other buildings, and causing mudslides that buried entire villages in some parts of Sumatra. Indonesian officials report more than 600 confirmed deaths, and that number is likely to rise with thousands of people still feared to be …

30 Sep 2009 description
report Mercy Corps

Portland, OR - Mercy Corps is responding to two earthquake-related disasters in the Asia Pacific region: in tsunami-wracked Samoan Islands and on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, where an emergency team is on its way to the epicenter of a 7.6-magnitude quake.

Samoa was slammed Tuesday night by a tsunami generated by an 8.0-magnitude quake. Mercy Corps is helping through a local partner on the ground. News agencies report that the death toll may reach 100.

A powerful earthquake struck western Indonesia today, collapsing buildings and causing landslides in coastal cities and towns.