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


Quake Damages houses in Sumbawa Island
August 11, 2008, 2:38 pm
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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.

Strong Quake Hits Maluku of Indonesia
May 25, 2008, 1:13 pm
Filed under: Earthquake, Tsunami

No tsunami after 6.7 magnitude quake jolts Maluku

Ambon,(ANTARA News) – The head of the Geophysic Station in Ambon, Benny Sipolo, said that there would be no tsuname to happen after a 6.7 magnitude earhquake jolted Maluku Tenggara Barat district at about 10:05 on Saturday.

“We have monitored the possibility of tsunami at the time when temblor shook the area,” he said.

The epicenter was detected in 7,41 degree southern latitude and 129,66 western longitude or about 194 km Southwest of Saumlaki city.

The location of the quake was about 72 km below the sea level, so that it would not trigger tsunami.

As to the material losses, Benny said there was no such report from the local administration or people.

“Perhaps the people need to exercise more caution on possible aftershocks and hence they are called not to go fishing first,” he said.(*)




Indonesia Heading for Disaster in 2050
May 19, 2008, 6:25 pm
Filed under: Earthquake, Flood, Forest Fires, Hightide, Landslide, Mud Volcano, Mudflow, Storm, Tsunami

Indonesia Heading for Disaster in 2050

TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: Indonesia should reduce its energy consumption or a large disaster will occur in 2050. The use of energy is alleged as the main cause of earth’s temperature rise of 6.4 celcius degree over the last century.

“The year 2050 will be critical ,” said State Minister for the Environment, Rahmat Witoelar in a general lecture on climate change and sustainable development at the Faculty of Social and Political Science (FISIP) University of Indonesia, today.

Rahmat quoted a conclusion from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) saying that the increase of global temperature since the 20th century is caused mainly by the increased concentration of green house gases because of human activity.

He explained that because of the temperature increases, seven large rivers in the world will be dried out, including the Ganges river in India and Yellow River in China.

He added that the access road to Soekarno-Hatta airport will be flooded permanently due to global warming.

To slow the global warming process, Rahmat recommended a ‘green’ lifestyle for Indonesia, by reducing electricity and fuel usage. “I suggest the government and building providers in Jakarta to design skyscrapers that are energy-save friendly,” said Rahmat.

Historical Maps of Natural Hazards and Disaster in Indonesia
April 15, 2008, 9:15 pm
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Indonesia hits by three earthquakes on Wednesday morning
March 12, 2008, 1:48 pm
Filed under: Earthquake, Tsunami

Bandarlampung (ANTARA News) – Three mild earthquakes hit Indonesia on Wednesday morning, namely respectively in Mukomuko, Bengkulu Province, and Sorong, Papua Province.

The first quake shook Mukomuko, Bengkulu, at a magnitude of 5.2 on the Richter Scale. Occurring at 6.45 am local time, the quake was located around 118 km southwest of Mukomuko, and at a depth of 13 km below the Mukomuko sea.

The quake`s epicenter was at 3.56 degrees southern latitude and 100.70 degrees eastern longitude.

At 7.58 am local time on the same day, another earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale again jolted Mukomuko waters, Bengkulu Province.

The second earthquake`s epicenter was located at 3.71 degrees southern latitude and 100.54 degrees eastern longitude, about 141 km southwest of Mukomuko, at a depth of 38 km below the sea level.

Both earthquakes on Sumatra Island did not triggered any subsequent tsunami.

The third earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale jolted Papua waters, at 8.32 am Western Indonesian Time (WIB), but it did not cause a tsunami. The quake was located 332 km northeast of Sorong, Papua Province, at a depth of 30 km beneath the Papua waters. (*)