At 9 o'clock yesterday morning, Harapan Rainforest was struck by a strong earthquake, measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale. It followed just hours after another strong quake caused devastation in the city of Padang, about 400km to the northwest, where more than 1,000 lives have already been lost.Fortunately, there has only been minor damage at Harapan Rainforest, and project activities are continuing as normal. However, some Harapan Rainforest staff do have families in Padang and have been given the opportunity to contact their relatives, and travel to Padang if necessary. Hopefully, they will all be safe and well.
The map shows the epicentre of the earthquake as a red star. Harapan Rainforest lies about 200km to the east of the epicentre.