Tsunami early warning system launched in Indonesia
November 14, 2008, 2:12 pm
Filed under: Tsunami

The 11 November launch in Jakarta of the Indonesia Tsunami Early Warning System (InaTEWS) was welcome news throughout the archipelago, but perhaps most of all in Aceh.


The province hardest hit by the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, in which about 170,000 people died, is still rebuilding homes and livelihoods devastated by the disaster.


“In many places, the situation is better than it originally was, but in some places it is not yet as good as it used to be,” Pieter Smidt, head of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) mission in Sumatra, told IRIN.


Smidt heads ADB’s tsunami recovery project in Aceh. He said Indonesia’s Aceh and Nias Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Agency, or BRR, would end its mandate in April 2009. About US$6 billion had been invested in Aceh’s reconstruction so far, he said.


“This [InaTEWS] is definitely a very good investment from the international community and the government,” Smidt said.


The early warning system can reportedly predict and disseminate news of a possible tsunami within five minutes of an earthquake, according to the National Meteorology and Geophysics Agency.


“This will give people around 30 to 40 minutes to evacuate and save their lives,” said Edie Prihanto, assistant to the deputy for technological needs analysis at the Ministry for Technology and Research.


Prihanto told IRIN they began developing InaTEWS in 2005, after the government decided that a warning system had to be developed “at any cost”. The meteorology agency said about 57 percent of Indonesia’s 81,000km of coastline was vulnerable to tsunamis.


The system, which consists of buoys linked to detectors on the seabed, was developed at a cost of 1.4 trillion rupiahs ($130 million). Germany contributed 45 million Euros ($56 million) to the project, while China, Japan, the USA and France contributed equipment and technical assistance.


Since 2005, the government has been conducting tsunami preparedness drills in various parts of the country every year on 26 December – the annual anniversary of the 2004 tsunami.


Landslides killed 10 People in West Java of Indonesia
November 14, 2008, 1:56 pm
Filed under: Landslide

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Ten people have been killed and seven are missing feared dead after a landslide triggered by heavy rain crushed parts of two villages in Indonesia, an official said Friday.

The landslide destroyed 30 houses Thursday in the Cianjur district of West Java, local disaster response official Yadi Supriyadi told AFP.

“This accident devastated all of us and we fear that the missing are dead already,” he said.

“The destroyed houses were mostly frail wooden houses, the traditional houses of the area.”

Some 200 residents and officials have been using hoes and crowbars to try to dig their neighbors and loved ones out of the rubble, he said.

More sophisticated rescue equipment was on its way. (*)

Strong Quakes struck North Sulawesi of Indonesia, Tsunami warning issued
November 17, 2008, 1:18 am
Filed under: Earthquake
Indonesia issues tsunami warning after quakes


JAKARTA, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Indonesia issued a tsunami warning after two strong earthquakes struck in the area of northern Sulawesi, the country’s meteorological agency said via a telephone text message on Monday. 

A magnitude 7.7 quake struck in the Gorontalo area of Sulawesi island at a shallow depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the agency said. 

It said a second 6.0 magnitude quake struck shortly afterwards in northern Sulawesi. 

The U.S. Geological Survey said the second quake, at 1734 GMT, was 5.6 magnitude at a depth of 9.9 km (6.2 miles), 83 miles northwest of Gorontalo. 

Indonesia launched a new hi-tech system on Tuesday aimed at detecting a potential tsunami and providing faster alerts in a region battered by frequent earthquakes. 

The sprawling archipelago of some 17,000 islands, which lies in the seismically-active “Pacific Ring of Fire”, was hit by a devastating tsunami four years ago that left an estimated 170,000 people dead or missing in Aceh province. (Reporting by Telly Nathalia, Writing by Ed Davies; Editing by Janet Lawrence

Jakarta may be flooded in January
November 10, 2008, 2:40 pm
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11 Jakarta districts may be flooded in January:

BMG warns

The Jakarta Post ,  Jakarta   |  Mon, 11/10/2008 1:28 PM  |  Jakarta

The government’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) has warned that torrential rains will hit Jakarta in January and February next year, potentially flooding 11 districts in three municipalities around the capital.

Endro Santoso, head of BMG’s climatology and air quality information division, on Monday said heavy rains of up to 100 millimeters per day could occur during those months.

“Some 11 districts are prone to heavy flooding during these months,” he said as quoted by Antara news agency.

These districts are Cengkareng, Grogol, Petamburan and Kalideres in West Jakarta; Kebayoran Baru, Mampang Prapatan and Pasar Minggu in South Jakarta; and Cipayung, Ciracas, Kramatjati and Makasar in East Jakarta.

Endro said the heavy rains would begin in Jakarta in December. He also said there were possibilities of the city facing strong winds prior to the storms.

The rainy season is expected to end in February next year in northern Jakarta and in May in the southern parts of the city. (dre)

Samarinda Flood Spreading
November 10, 2008, 2:32 pm
Filed under: Flood

Samarinda Flood Spreading

Samarinda, E Kalimantan (ANTARA News) – The flood that hit the East Kalimantan provincial capital of Samarinda over the past week has been spreading to six villages in two subdistricts.

By Sunday at least 4,547 houses in North Samarinda and Samarinda Ulu subdistricts were inundated compared to 3,989 houses in North Samarinda last Saturday, according to data from the disaster mitigation command post.

“Yesterday (last Satrurday) only four villages in North Samarinda subdistrict were flooded. But by Sunday afternoon the flood has spread and inundated part of Sidodadi and Gunung Kelua villages in Samarinda Ulu subdistrict,” rescue worker Gusti Ahmad said.

He predicted more and more areas would be flooded as the Mahakam River which flows through the city continued to overflow.

“The flood water has shown no sign of receding. The water level is likely to rise as the Mahakam River usually overflows ahead of the full moon,” he said.

An Antara journalist observed the water level in a number of flooded roads including Jl. Ruhui Rahaya, dr Sutomo, M. Yamin and PM Noor continued to increase on Sunday, forcing the traffic police to close the roads.

The water level on the roads reached 30 cm-50 cm.(*)



Quake Damages houses in Sumbawa Island
August 11, 2008, 2:38 pm
Filed under: Earthquake

Quake damages houses on Indonesia’s Sumbawa island 07 Aug 2008
04:23:58 GMT
Source: Reuters
A shallow earthquake shook Indonesia’s Sumbawa island on Thursday,
damaging several hundred houses, but there was no tsunami warning or
immediate reports of casualties, officials said. The U.S. Geological
Survey put the quake’s magnitude at 5.7, while Indonesia’s
meteorology and geophysics agency said it was 6.6 on the Richter

The epicentre of the quake was 51 km (31.69 miles) northeast of
Sumbawa island at a depth of 10 km, according to an official at the
Indonesian agency.

There were at two aftershocks reported in the area later on Thursday.

Slamet Wijoyo, an official at the Indonesian meteorology agency,
said 200 houses were severely damaged in a village in the Pekat area
on Sumbawa about 40 km from the epicentre.

Another official at Indonesia’s disaster management centre said 75
houses were damaged in the Sanggar area in Dompu regency.

No casualties were reported. Indonesia suffers frequent earthquakes
lying in an area of intense seismic activity where several tectonic
plates collide.

Droughts hit rice fields in Central Java
July 2, 2008, 3:56 pm
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Droughts hit rice fields in C. Java

Semarang, Central Java (ANTARA News) – Droughts have hit 19,177 hectares of rice fields in Central Java causing harvest failures on a total of 3,589 hectares of the paddies, a provincial food crop afficial said.

The droughts had hit rice fields in 24 districts, damaging rice plants aged between 10 days and 90 days, Siti Narwanti, head of the Food Crops and Horticullture Protection Center of Cenral Java`s Food Crops and Horticulture Office, said here Tuesday.

She said the droughts had hit plants on rain-fed rice fields where farmers had actually been suggested to grow food crops other than rice during the current dry season.

The drought-hit districts included Semarang, Grobogan, Sragen, Karanganyar, Sukoharjo, Wonogiri, Boyolali, Pekalongan, Brebes, Tegal, Pemalang, Banyumas, Purbalingga, Cilapcap, Banjarnegara, Pati, Blora, Rembang, Purworejo, Kebumen and Wonosobo.

Harvest failures occurred in Sragen, Rembang, Semarang, Banyumas and Cilacap.

According to Siti, the harvest failures occurred only on 0.74 percent (480,000 hectares) of rice fields in Central Java in June, 2008.

Other rice fields were irrigated with water from wells and rivers in an effort to save them until harvest time, she said.

Besides rice fields, droughts also hit 667 hectares of corn fields but the crop was safe to harvest, she said, adding that as the corn was still too young on being harvested, it would only be used as fodder. (*)