It is now being reported that a second earthquake has rocked Indonesia, after yesterday's 7.6 in Padang. These are separate from the earthquake-caused tsunami that just ravaged part of Samoa and Tonga.
So many times, tragedy strikes in some far reach of the world, oftentimes a part of the world that we have major ties to as surfers. Usually, there's not much we can do, aside from donating during the aftermath relief.
But today, there is something you can do to save lives like, right now. We have boots on the ground. You can help today, by donating here..
According to reports from Surf Aid International
, many people are trapped alive beneath the rubble of buildings. Rescue workers can communicate with them, but need assistance in removing the debris. One such building is a school, with children trapped underneath.
SurfAid program director, Dr. David Lange fled from the American hotel during the earthquake, getting to safety while others were injured and killed. He is now part of the rescue effort.
"People are trapped and screaming for help but they are below huge slabs which will take heavy equipment to move. I saw dozens of the biggest buildings collapsed in town, most of the damage is concentrated in the commercial centre market, which was fully packed."
Whether you have been to Indonesia or plan on getting there, pretty much anything will help today. I'll give it to you again. Donate here..