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  • Indonesia Jul 7, 2019

    Indonesia Issues Tsunami Warning After Molucca Sea Quake

    Indonesian authorities issued a tsunami warning after a strong earthquake struck late Sunday night in the Molucca Sea between North Sulawesi and the Maluku archipelago. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.9 quake was centered 185 kilometers (115 miles) southeast of Manado at a depth of 24 kilometers (15 miles). A graphic posted on Twitter by Indonesia’s geophysics agency...

  • Twitter Jul 7, 2019

    Indonesia Issues Tsunami Warning After Molucca Sea Quake

    Indonesian authorities issued a tsunami warning after a strong earthquake struck late Sunday night in the Molucca Sea between North Sulawesi and the Maluku archipelago. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.9 quake was centered 185 kilometers (115 miles) southeast of Manado at a depth of 24 kilometers (15 miles). A graphic posted on Twitter by Indonesia’s geophysics agency...

  • Associated Press Dec 28, 2018

    Weather Hampers Efforts to Inspect Indonesia Tsunami Volcano

    Bad weather and a massive ash column hampered efforts to assess whether Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau volcano island could trigger another deadly tsunami as authorities said Friday the search for victims in the worst-affected province will continue into January. Indonesia’s disaster agency said that 426 people died in the Sunda Strait tsunami that struck Sumatra and Java without warning on Saturday....

  • Associated Press Dec 27, 2018

    Indonesia Widens Exclusion Zone Around Island Volcano

    Indonesia raised the danger level for an island volcano that triggered a tsunami on the weekend, killing at least 430 people in Sumatra and Java, and widened its no-go zone. The country’s volcanology agency said Thursday that the Anak Krakatau volcano’s alert status had been raised to the second highest level and the exclusion zone more than doubled to a...

  • Associated Press Dec 26, 2018

    Indonesia Says Avoid Coast Near Volcano, Fearing New Tsunami

    Indonesian authorities urged people to avoid the coast in areas where a tsunami killed at least 430 people over the weekend in a fresh warning issued on the anniversary of the catastrophic 2004 Asian earthquake and tsunami. The big waves that followed an eruption on a volcanic island hit communities along the Sunda Strait on Saturday night. The eruption of...

  • Associated Press Dec 25, 2018

    Survivors of Indonesia Tsunami Still Jittery as Death Toll Rises

    Panicked residents, police and soldiers in this remote fishing village clobbered by a devastating weekend tsunami ran to higher ground Tuesday, shouting “Water is coming! Water is coming!” and reciting verses from the Quran as emergency messages were broadcast over mosque speakers. It proved to be a false alarm, but a similar frenzy broke out in Tanjung Lesung, another tsunami-stricken...

  • Associated Press Oct 8, 2018

    Indonesia Scientist Predicted Quake, Government Knew of Risk

    When the violent shaking from a massive magnitude 7.5 earthquake finally stopped, Selvi Susanti stood up and realized something strange was happening. First, she saw the ground suddenly begin to sink. Then the pavement split beneath her feet like a broken dinner plate and started to rise. Terrified, she clung to a small sliver of asphalt and surfed a river...

  • food Oct 3, 2018

    Signs of Life Detected in Rubble of Quake-Hit Indonesian Hotel

    A French rescue team said Thursday it has detected a possible sign of life under the rubble of a hotel in Indonesia’s Sulawesi island nearly a week after it was hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunami, as the death toll rose to more than 1,500. Philip Besson, a member of the French organization Pompiers de l’urgence, said the team’s...

  • The Associated Press Sep 28, 2018

    Over 800 Dead in Indonesia Quake and Tsunami; Toll May Rise

    Rescuers struggled Sunday to reach victims in several large coastal towns in Indonesia that were hit by an earthquake and tsunami, and authorities feared that the toll of more than 800 confirmed dead would rise. With the area largely cut off by damaged roads and downed communications lines, military and commercial aircraft were delivering some aid and supplies to the...

  • Associated Press Oct 1, 2018

    Burials Begin in Indonesia, Desperation Grows for Survivors

    As officials began burying hundreds of dead in a mass grave Monday, thousands of survivors of a devastating earthquake and tsunami converged on the airport of this heavily damaged Indonesian city and clamored to leave, saying there was little to eat and their homes were unsafe. The confirmed death toll of 844, mostly from the city of Palu, is expected...

  • New York Oct 2, 2018

    Desperation Explodes to Anger as Indonesia Quake Toll Climbs Past 1,200

    Desperation exploded into anger four days after an earthquake and tsunami severely damaged parts of an Indonesian island, with residents Tuesday showing frustration at the pace of rescues, grabbing food from damaged stores and begging Indonesia’s president to help them. The confirmed toll exceeded 1,200 dead with hundreds severely injured and still more trapped in debris. “Pay attention to Donggala,...

  • spokesman Aug 20, 2018

    Quake Swarm Jolts Stricken Indonesian Islands, Killing at Least 12

    Multiple strong earthquakes killed at least a dozen people on the Indonesian islands of Lombok and Sumbawa as the region was trying to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people. A shallow magnitude 6.9 quake that hit about 10 p.m. was one of several powerful earthquakes Sunday in the northeast of Lombok that also caused...

  • spokesman Aug 9, 2018

    Indonesian Island Hit by 3rd Strong Earthquake as Death Toll Tops 300

    The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week Thursday as the official death toll from the most powerful of the quakes topped 300. The strong aftershock, measured at magnitude 5.9 by the U.S. Geological Survey, caused panic, damage to buildings, landslides and injuries. It was centered in the northwest of...

  • food Aug 8, 2018

    Indonesia Quake Deaths Top 130, Aid Effort Intensifies

    Aid began reaching isolated areas of the Indonesian island struggling after an earthquake that killed at least 131 people as rescuers Wednesday doubled down on efforts to find those buried in the rubble. Volunteers and rescue personnel were erecting more temporary shelters for the tens of thousands left homeless on Lombok by the magnitude 7.0 quake on Sunday evening. Water,...

  • spokesman Jul 29, 2018

    Indonesian Earthquake Kills at Least 14, Injures More Than 150

    A strong and shallow earthquake early Sunday killed at least 14 people and injured more than 160 on Indonesia’s Lombok island, a popular tourist destination next to Bali, officials said. The quake damaged more than 1,000 houses and was felt in a wider area, including on Bali, where no damage or casualties were reported. The U.S. Geological Survey said the...

  • Australia Feb 19, 2018

    Indonesia’s Sinabung Volcano Unleashes Towering Ash Column

    Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes on Monday. There were no fatalities or injuries from the morning eruption, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said. The volcano, one of three currently erupting in Indonesia, was dormant for four...

  • Indonesia Sep 27, 2017

    Fearing Imminent Eruption of Bali Volcano, Thousands Flee as Tremors Intensify

    The exodus from a menacing volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali is nearing 100,000 people, a disaster official said Wednesday, as hundreds of tremors from the mountain are recorded daily. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said more than 96,000 people have now fled the area around Mount Agung in the northeast of the island. Villagers began leaving in...

  • Indonesia Feb 2, 2017

    Giant Lava Stream Explodes into Ocean in Hawaii

    In this Feb. 1, 2017, video, a dramatic and dangerous stream of lava from Kilauea Volcano is pouring out of a sea cliff on Hawaii Island, splashing into the Pacific Ocean below and exploding upon impact.

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