After reading Mr. Jarwadi’s “Melawan Lupa Mengingatkan Kita” (in Bahasa Indonesia), I remember about the earthquake that stroke our province – Yogyakarta – exactly four years ago. It was one of most devastating natural disaster in decades. At that moment I was on duty as National Chief of Webmaster & Documentation Division of SCORE – CIMSA at UNISSULA’s Medical Faculty, Semarang.
I was on third floor of student’s dormitory – just when I about to change clothes – the building shocked crazily without warning as was a train passing by inside. As I remember, the shock wave only about 15 – 30 seconds, but was frightening enough.
Everybody run out the building as soon as the quake seemed to be settled. We all worries, since the issue of tsunami was spreading among us – well, Semarang is not far away from the sea. But the surprise was just about to come. The morning news said the centre of earthquake was in Yogyakarta – our home, its a great earthquake that stroke the southern region of Yogyakarta.
We are member of CIMSA who came from Jogja started to call their family, relatives, friends – anybody that they can & remember to reach at that moment. I can still reach a friend at my dorm back at Yogyakarta via cellular phone on the early morning, just after the news – he said everything fine. But a couple hours later, not a single call can reach Jogja (a short for Yogyakarta)! Everybody seemed to be panic not knowing what was going on their family at home.
My family & relatives tried to reach me cellphone so many times, since they did thing I was in Jogja at that moment, and for hours I have to receive the same kind of call, and explained the same thing again & again.
On the afternoon, all loco from Jogja had an emergency meeting with loco from others provinces. They decided to send half member of medical students back to Jogja. And the rest half, stayed for finishing our duty as soon as possible.
Our NORE who was my classmate chose to stay in Semarang, he decide to wrapping all schedule meeting in short course. I understood his decision that regeneration for our organization can’t be done by long distance courses. We done three days scheduled meeting just in less than 24 hours, while we force our self and our junior on some night classes.
When I came back to Jogja, I found the southern districts got a great physical damage due to the earthquake impact, there were the area with the greatest damage among all other. My university were got some physical damage to, some hi-tech devices were damage due to short-current.
It was an apocalypse for the Jogja regency, but today Jogja has gain again the strength to move forward. But we can still the psychological effects until today in local stories, from they who experienced the nightmare of Jogja’s earthquake.
I believe this small province will keep moving forward with the strength of its’ own people.
Picture of Janti Bridge on rainy morning with Mt. Merapi as the background.