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.


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
Filed under: Earthquake, Flood, Forest Fires, Hightide, Landslide, Mud Volcano, Mudflow, Storm, Tsunami

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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. (*)

Data Compilation of Natural Disasters in Indonesia, 2008
March 12, 2008, 9:25 am
Filed under: Earthquake, Flood, Forest Fires, Hightide, Landslide, Storm, Tsunami

Natural Disasters in Indonesia

January to February 2008