Update: tsunami hits the remote Mentawai Islands, destroyed villages in the south of the island chain and sweeping scores out to sea. The authority informs that the surge reached as high as three meters and advanced as far as half kilometer inland. The scale of the destruction did not become clear until Tuesday, October 26, 2010 as rescuers and local officials crossed a Sumatran strait to reach the islands. At least 113 people killed, more than 500 are still missing and thousands survivors left homeless, the death toll expected to rise. Electricity and telecommunication system in the area are currently disconnected.
Figure caption: Destroyed houses at Betumonga village, Sipora island, Mentawai (Kompas)
Figure caption: A rescue team loaded a ship in Padang, West Sumatra on Tuesday to prepare for the evacuation and rescue of victims of the 7.7-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami. (New York Times)