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#30816 - 27 May 06 08:25 Yogyakarta Earthquake
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a 5.9 force earthquake occurred in the area surrounding merapi this morning, about 6am. lots of panic, but no reports of deaths as yet. damage at this point seems to be extensive but light.

one of my tukang says via sms "thank god all members of my family are safe, but my house fell down." wife#1 reports a few tiles off roofs in her area. wife#2 in solo says it was very strong, but no visible damage. "my room started swaying around 6 o'clock. it could really be felt. the iron roof was cracking, glasses fell, like being hit by storm winds. i just stood in a doorway. preparing myself."
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#30817 - 27 May 06 08:43 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Associated Press

Powerful earthquake rocks Indonesia
4 minutes ago

JAKARTA, Indonesia - A powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia's Java province early Saturday, scaring residents of one city and damaging some buildings, officials and witnesses said. There were no immediate reports of any injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck at 5:54 a.m. and was centered about 15 miles southwest of the city of Jogyakarta.

Witnesses said many residents of the city fled their homes after the temblor hit, damaging some buildings.

A magnitude 6 quake has the potential to cause severe damage.
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#30818 - 27 May 06 08:44 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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AFP

Earthquake injures hundreds in Indonesia

Several people have been killed and hundreds injured as a strong earthquake rocked the densely-populated southern coast of Indonesia's Central Java.

The quake, which registered 5.9 on the Richter scale, hit at 5:53am local time, around 37 kilometres south of the city of Yogyakarta.

"We have no figure yet, but yes, there are several people reported killed and hundreds of injured," Subiyakto, an officer with Yogyakarta province's police, said.

"We are still receiving reports from the various subdistricts."

Elshinta radio reports several hospitals in Yogyakarta re packed with people seeking treatment for injuries caused by collapsing buildings.

It says hundreds of houses partially or entirely collapsed in the Bantul and Kulonprogo districts south and southwest of Yogyakarta.


Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where the meeting of continental plates causes high volcanic and seismic activity.

- AFP
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#30819 - 27 May 06 08:47 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Reuters

Quake hits Indonesia's Yogyakarta, some casualties

24 minutes ago

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) - A strong earthquake shook Indonesia's ancient royal capital of Yogyakarta on Saturday morning, sending people fleeing from their homes and causing casualties, witnesses said.

One witness said he saw some people killed, and a hospital official told a radio station that 50 people had been admitted for treatment.
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#30820 - 27 May 06 09:30 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Reuters

At least 15 dead, hundreds injured in Indonesia quake

4 minutes ago

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) - An earthquake that shook the area around the ancient royal city of Yogyakarta early on Saturday morning has killed at least 15 people and left hundreds injured, hospital staff said.

In the town of Bantul, 55 km (34 miles) south of Yogyakarta, the local hospital's information officer, Kardi, said: "At least 10 people are dead, hundreds are hurt."

Earlier a hospital nurse in Yogyakarta had reported at least five deaths there from the quake, which happened just before 6 a.m. (2300 GMT) and had a magnitude of 6.2 according to the
U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake's epicenter was offshore, but Jakarta earthquake center official Fauzi said it did not cause a tsunami.
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#30821 - 27 May 06 09:31 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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CNN/AP

Three dead in Indonesia quake

Saturday, May 27, 2006 Posted: 0105 GMT (0905 HKT)

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia's Central Java province early Saturday, flattening buildings and killing at least three people, witnesses and officials said.

Scores of other people were injured.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck at 5:54 a.m. (2354 GMT) 25 kilometers (15 miles) southwest of the city of Yogyakarta.

A witness in the city told The Associated Press he had seen three bodies under the rubble of two houses and that scores of injured were being taken to the city's hospitals in pickup trucks.

Electricity and communications across the city were also down, police said.

Shortly before the quake, nearby Mount Merapi, which has been rumbling for weeks, sent out a massive cloud of hot gas and ash. It was not immediately clear if the eruption and the earthquake were linked, or if the eruption had caused any casualties.

Activity at Mount Merapi, one of the world's most active volcanoes, has picked up in recent weeks and almost all villagers living near the danger zone have been evacuated.

Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.
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#30822 - 27 May 06 10:01 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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the phone system is now down in yogyakarta. tried calling mobile numbers, fixed lines. they're all down. perhaps now being overloaded by people outside the province calling home to see if all is ok.
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#30823 - 27 May 06 10:24 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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#30824 - 27 May 06 11:24 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Reuters/AFP

Saturday, May 27, 2006. 12:45pm (AEST)

Widespread damage: Hundreds of homes have collapsed, killing 51 and wounding scores more.

51 dead in Indonesian quake

The death toll from an earthquake that has shaken the area around the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta has risen to at least 51 people.

The earthquake, which occurred just before 6:00am (local time) and had a magnitude of 6.2, has also injured hundreds.

Sumarno, an official in the morgue at Sarjito Hospital in Yogyakarta, said: "Thirty-six bodies have been brought to the morgue room."

In the town of Bantul near Yogyakarta, the local hospital's information officer, Kardi, said: "At least 10 people are dead, hundreds are hurt."

A nurse at Muhammadiyah Hospital in Yogyakarta reports at least five deaths there from the quake.

Many houses and buildings have collapsed.

Tremors have been felt in various cities, as well as on the north coast of the island.

The Plan International aid agency's regional disaster co-ordinator in Java, Brook Wiseman Ross, says many locals say the quake is the biggest they have ever felt.

"I was personally [shaken] from my bed, furniture was falling, concrete chunks started falling from my hotel room as people were running out in panic in their bedclothes," he said.

"Clearly many buildings were damaged immediately.

"I moved on to check on some safety of my staff in other buildings, I could see that the damage was extensive across the city."

Police say they cannot provide an immediate casualty toll because the local headquarters in Yogyakarta, around 400 kilometres east of the capital Jakarta, has been hit by a blackout following the quake.
Tsunami fears

The quake's epicentre was offshore but earthquake centre official Fauzi says it has not caused a tsunami.

However, police chief Sampurnojati has told El Shinta radio that the earthquake has been followed by tidal waves.

He did not give further details but the idea has caused panic in the nation, which was one of the worst hit by the 2004 Indian ocean tsunami.

The radio report says thousands of people have fled coastal areas for higher ground.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where the meeting of continental plates causes high volcanic and seismic activity.

An official at the meteorological office says the quake is not related to the Mount Merapi volcano, which has been rumbling in recent weeks.

- Reuters/AFP
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#30825 - 27 May 06 11:45 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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the entire phone network is down throughout central java. electricity is also down, according to radio reports.

apparently there was another quake at about 10am.

the jogja kraton has suffered damage, as have the benteng and DPR building.

hotel ibis (next to malioboro mall) has also sustained damage.
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#30826 - 27 May 06 11:54 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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SBY has declared a state of emergency, and will visit yogyakarta tomorrow. he will use the airport in solo (60km from jogja) because adisucipto airport has been damaged.
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#30827 - 27 May 06 12:21 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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thick volcanic ash is starting to rain down on Magelang, on the western side of merapi. meteorologists claim there is no connection between this and the earthquake. but then, the BMG here are complete morons. (truly, no kidding)
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#30828 - 27 May 06 12:27 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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AAP

Strong earthquake kills 104 in Indonesia

By IRWAN FIRDAUS, Associated Press Writer

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia - A powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia's Central Java province early Saturday, killing at least 104 people and injuring scores, hospitals said. Buildings were flattened.

In the chaos that followed the magnitude 6.2 quake, rumors of an impending tsunami sent thousands of people fleeing to higher ground in cars and motorbikes. The city is around 18 miles from the sea. But Japan's Meteorological Agency said there was no danger of a tsunami.

The quake also triggered heightened activity in the region's deadly Mount Merapi volcano, which has been spewing out clouds of hot ash, gas and lava for several weeks, a scientist said.

The quake struck at 5:54 a.m. 15 miles southwest of the city of Yogyakarta, causing damage and casualties there and in at least two other nearby population centers, officials said.

At the city's Sardjito hospital, there were at least 36 dead bodies, a staffer at the morgue said. At least 58 other corpses were laying in Bethseda hospital, Subandi, a morgue official there said. Bantul hospital said it had at least 10 bodies.

"Some people are in critical condition," said Subandi, who goes by a single name. "We are overwhelmed with bodies."
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#30829 - 27 May 06 12:38 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Strong earthquake kills 211 in Indonesia

By IRWAN FIRDAUS, Associated Press Writer

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia - A powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia's Central Java province early Saturday, killing at least 211 people and injuring scores, hospitals said. Buildings were flattened.

In the chaos that followed the magnitude 6.2 quake, rumors of an impending tsunami sent thousands of people on the island of Java fleeing to higher ground in cars and motorbikes. The city of Yogyakarta on Java is around 18 miles from the sea and about 250 miles east of the capital, Jakarta. But Japan's Meteorological Agency said there was no danger of a tsunami.

The quake also triggered heightened activity in the region's deadly Mount Merapi volcano, which has been spewing out clouds of hot ash, gas and lava for several weeks, a scientist said
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#30830 - 27 May 06 12:49 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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at the rate bodies are being reported, it would not surprise me if many hundreds more have been killed, especially in bantul, south of yogyakarta city.
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#30831 - 27 May 06 13:11 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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i was just now able to contact wife#1 in jogja (sleman). apparently the city is in chaos. lots of people in the streets, and extensive damage. i still can't contact other people by phone; lines are constantly busy. electricity is still down there, and most people in jogja are still unaware of the real extent of the damage.
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#30832 - 27 May 06 13:30 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Strong earthquake kills 309 in Indonesia

By IRWAN FIRDAUS, Associated Press Writer

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia - A powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia's Central Java province early Saturday, killing at least 309 people, injuring scores, and flattening buildings.

The magnitude 6.2 quake struck at 5:54 a.m. 15 miles southwest of the city of Yogyakarta, causing damage and casualties there and in at least two other nearby population centers, officials said. Yogyakarta, on the island of Java, is around 18 miles from the sea and about 250 miles east of the capital, Jakarta.

In the chaos that followed the quake, rumors of an impending tsunami sent thousands of people on Java fleeing to higher ground in cars and motorbikes. But Japan's Meteorological Agency said there was no danger of a tsunami.

The quake also triggered heightened activity in nearby Mount Merapi volcano, which has been spewing out clouds of hot ash, gas and lava for several weeks, a scientist said.

Five hours after the quake struck, at least 291 bodies had been recovered, and the death toll was expected to climb, morgue officials told The Associated Press by telephone.

"Please tell the central government to send help, we need help here," said Kusmarwanto of Bantul Muhammadiyah Hospital, the closest hospital to the quake's epicenter.

"There so many casualties. Houses ... are flattened. Many people still need to be evacuated," he said, adding that his hospital alone had 39 dead bodies and the numbers were rising.

"We are overwhelmed with bodies," said Subandi, a morgue official at Bethseda hospital in Yogyakarta.

Witnesses at hospitals said hundreds of injured were arriving for emergency treatment, many with broken bones and cuts.

TV footage showed damaged hotels and government buildings, and several collapsed buildings.

The quake cracked the runway in Yogyakarta's airport, closing it to aircraft until at least Sunday while inspections take place, Transport Minister Hatta Radjasa said.

Electricity and communications were also down in parts of the city, police said.

"It felt really powerful, and the whole building shook," said Narman, a receptionist who goes by one name at a hotel in Yogyakarta. "Everyone ran from their rooms."

The quake's epicenter was close to the Mount Merapi, which has been rumbling for weeks. Activity increased as a result of the temblor, with one eruption soon after the earthquake sending debris some 2 miles down its western flank, said Subandrio, a vulcanologist monitoring the peak.

"The quake has disturbed the mountain," he said.

There were no reports of injuries as a result of the eruption.

Activity at Mount Merapi, one of the world's most active volcanoes, has picked up in recent weeks and almost all villagers living near the danger zone have been evacuated.

Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

A magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004, under the sea off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra Island triggered a tsunami that killed more than 131,000 people in nearby Aceh province, and more than 100,000 others in nearly a dozen other countries.
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#30833 - 27 May 06 13:31 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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oh my GOD!!.. 200 + bodies !! i can't believe it!! .. i'm just so worried, i hope there wont be anymore earthquake coming (esp.. with the volcano ready to burst..)

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#30834 - 27 May 06 13:57 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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#30835 - 27 May 06 14:06 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Oh my GOD, it's very big earthquake ever happen in Yogya?
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#30836 - 27 May 06 14:18 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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yes, looks quite bad. telephone connections are still very difficult, thus i suspect the eventual death toll could very well double. looks like there is extensive damge -- much more than initially thought -- and this will impact heavily on the sultanate.
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#30837 - 27 May 06 15:18 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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toll now 450, and rising.
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#30838 - 27 May 06 15:36 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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toll now 1700, and rising.
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#30839 - 27 May 06 15:52 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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At least 1,600 dead in Indonesian quake: Red Cross

by Bhimanto Suwastoyo 8 minutes ago

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) - At least 1,600 people were killed and thousands injured when a strong earthquake rocked Indonesia's densely-populated island of Java, the social affairs ministry said.

A figure of 1,606 fatalities was based on tallies compiled from five districts in Yogyakarta and Central Java provinces, Desi Desmawati, an official at the ministry's disaster relief center, told AFP.

Hospital officials in the densely-populated ancient city of Yogyakarta, located near the simmering Mount Merapi volcano, told AFP that the death toll could rise as more bodies were uncovered in the rubble.

The 6.2-magnitude quake struck early in the morning, sending thousands of terrified residents running for higher ground amid false rumors of a tsunami like the one that devastated the country in December 2004.

"I was shaken from my bed," Brook Weisman-Ross, regional disaster coordinator for the children's charity Plan International, told the BBC.

"As furniture was falling, concrete chunks started falling from my hotel room as people were running out in panic in their bedclothes," he said.

"The earthquake was felt to be massive -- larger than the locals here say they've felt in their lives."

Heru Nugroho, spokesman for the state-run Sardjito hospital in Yogyakarta, located around 400 kilometres (250 miles) east of the capital Jakarta, told AFP 1,500 victims were being treated at the hospital, many of them in the hallways.

Many houses and buildings collapsed and tremors were felt in various cities as well as on the north coast of the island.

The quake also forced the closure of Adisucipto airport in Yogyakarta, Detikcom news portal said. The airport was badly damaged, with the roof of an airport section collapsing and at least one person trapped, Metro TV reported.

It showed workers trying to release a person trapped in the rubble of the building. It was not known if the person was still alive.

Flights have been diverted to the nearby city of Solo.

Meteorologists said the quake measured 5.9 on the Richter scale, but both US and Hong Kong monitors registered it at 6.2. Seismologists said the quake would not increase the likelihood of an eruption at Merapi.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered Health Minister Siti Fadillah Supari and Social Affairs Minister Bachtiar Chamsyah to travel to Yogyakarta immediately to oversee rescue efforts.

"The President is deeply concerned," presidential spokesman Andi Malarangeng told a press conference.

Malarangeng said that the president also ordered military chief Air Marshal Djoko Suyanto to send in troops to help evacuate victims.

Yudhoyono himself was to visit the region on Sunday, he said.

Yogyakarta province police chief Bambang Hari Sampurnojati told local radio that the earthquake was reportedly followed by tidal waves, striking panic in a nation that was one of the worst hit by the 2004 Indian ocean tsunami.

"We panicked when we heard that there was a tsunami. We were ready to flee," Yogyakarta resident Clemon Cilik told the state Antara News agency.

Weisman-Ross was in the area working on the evacuation of residents living near Mount Merapi, which has been spewing heat clouds amid fears of an imminent eruption. Some 20,000 people were staying in emergency shelters.

"Aftershocks could potentially do more damage to the buildings that are weak," he told CNN.

The quake hit just before 6:00 am (2300 GMT Friday) around 40 kilometres south of Yogyakarta.

An official on duty at the Panti Rapih general hospital in Yogyakarta said that "hundreds of people are being admitted and they continue to come."

He said most had cuts and broken bones and came from areas south of the city such as Bantul and Gunungkidul.

Witnesses told Elshinta radio that hundreds of houses partially or entirely collapsed in the Bantul and Kulonprogo districts south and southwest of Yogyakarta.

A worker at the Muhammadiyah hospital said about 100 were being treated there, including some outside. "There are fatalities but we don't know how many," the staffer told AFP.

Damage was hampering the rescue effort, Sampurnojati said, with police headquarters in the city cut due to a blackout following the quake.

"Electricity is out and communication is difficult," he told ElShinta.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where the meeting of continental plates causes high volcanic and seismic activity.

An official at the meteorological office said the quake was not related to the volcano, which has been rumbling in recent weeks.

Scientists have warned that although the magma flow that forms a dome at the Merapi peak appears to be weakening, the structure may collapse and spew out millions of tonnes of volcanic rock and lava.
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#30840 - 27 May 06 15:54 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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My sympathy to all affected over there. I hope there is something we can do. for the time being all I can see is you are in our thoughts.

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#30841 - 27 May 06 18:20 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Now the news is reporting over 2,200 people killed. This is so distressing. As a forum I would be proud if we could work out some way to make donations to those affected. As long as whtever we can rais goes to the people and not to the pocket. Anyone have any suggestions as to how we can raise donations.
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#30842 - 27 May 06 18:26 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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there's only one way to guarrantee that money will reach where it's needed, and that's to go there and dole it out yourself. no agencies here, govt or private, have any integrity whatsoever.
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#30843 - 27 May 06 18:31 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Indonesia earthquake kills more than 2,500

By IRWAN FIRDAUS, Associated Press Writer

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia - A powerful earthquake flattened homes and buildings in central Indonesia early Saturday, killing more than 2,500 people and injuring thousands more in the country's worst disaster since the 2004 tsunami.

The magnitude 6.2 quake struck near the ancient city of Yogyakarta 250 miles east of the capital, Jakarta, around dawn as many people slept, causing death and damage in several nearby towns.

TV footage showed damaged hotels and government buildings, and several collapsed buildings. Roads and bridges were destroyed, hindering efforts to get the wounded to hospitals. Some phone lines also were cut.

"It felt really powerful, and the whole building shook," said Narman, a receptionist at a hotel in Yogyakarta. "Everyone ran from their rooms."

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered the army to help evacuate victims, as panicked residents ran into the smoldering streets, many clutching young children. He said he would head to the disaster zone in Central Java province later Saturday.

Nine hours after the quake struck, the number of dead stood at 2,517, said Direvan, an official in the Social Affairs Ministry's task force office, with two-thirds of the fatalities occurring in the devastated district of Bantul.

"The numbers just keep rising," said Arifin Muhadi of the Indonesian Red Cross, adding that nearly 2,900 people were hurt.

In the chaos that followed the quake, rumors of an impending tsunami sent thousands of people on Java fleeing to higher ground in cars and motorbikes. But Japan's Meteorological Agency said there was no danger of a killer wave.

Doctors struggled to care for hundreds of injured people lying on plastic sheets, straw mats and even newspapers outside the overcrowded hospitals, some hooked to intravenous drips dangling from trees.

"We need help here," said Kusmarwanto of Bantul Muhammadiyah Hospital, the closest hospital to the quake's epicenter, adding that his hospital alone had 39 bodies.

"There so many casualties. Houses ... are flattened. Many people still need to be evacuated," he said.

At nearby Dr. Sardjito Hospital, health officials tallied 60 dead, but more bodies were lined up in the hallway and some family members were taking them home before they could be added to the official toll.

"We have hundreds of injured people, our emergency care unit is overwhelmed," said Heru Nugroho.

The quake cracked the runway in Yogyakarta's airport, closing it to aircraft until at least Sunday while inspections take place, Transport Minister Hatta Radjasa said.

Officials said they did not know yet if the 9th century Buddhist temple, considered one of the seven wonders of the world, was affected in the quake.

In hardest hit Bantul district, Subarjo, a 70-year-old food vendor, was sobbing next to his dead wife, his house destroyed.

"I couldn't help my wife ... I was trying to rescue my children, one with a broken leg, and then the house collapsed. I couldn't help my wife," he said weakly.

"I have to accept this as our destiny, as God's will," he added.

The quake's epicenter was close to Mount Merapi, which has been rumbling for weeks and sending out large clouds of hot gas and ash.

Activity increased on Saturday, with one eruption that came soon after the quake sending debris some 2 miles down its western flank, but Bambang Dwiyanto of the Energy and Mineral Ministry said the two events did not appear to be directly related.

Almost all people had already been evacuated away from the volcano's danger zone, and there were no reports of injuries as a result of the eruption.

Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

A magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004, under the sea off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra Island triggered a tsunami that killed more than 131,000 people in Aceh province, and more than 100,000 others in nearly a dozen other countries.
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#30844 - 27 May 06 18:53 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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ok, now here's something that will get the yogyakarta mystics' hormones galloping. The exact epicentre of the quake was situated on the highly mystical place of parangtritis beach, furthermore, within metres of where the annual pelabuhan ritual is held.

if you draw a straight line from the point of the epicentre through the centre of the universe (aka the kraton, palace of the sultan of yogyakarta), you arrive at ... merapi.



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#30845 - 27 May 06 19:42 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Well done Kuku. I told my wife who is in Jkta right now that Merapi will blow. I didnt realise the relationship but just had a gut feeling. They say there is no relationship between the quake and Merapi but I think all that goes on below the earths surface is related. One reaction down there must influence another. Hopefully the gas outlet from Merapi after the first quake was the reaction but one study i did today was that there were two other quakes at around 4.5 on the scale several hours later.
Its like the human body. Eat bad food and all hell lets loose throughout the body.
Look at the 3-4 quakes around Indonesia in the last 10-14 days. Maybe there is a way of predicting the next one!!
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#30846 - 28 May 06 07:54 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Hey Guys, just wanted to say to those in Java right now, Hope you are all ok, and your family and friends. And to anyone involved in the going's on in East Timor, take care, and godspeed.

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#30847 - 28 May 06 08:04 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Search for Java quake survivors

A frantic search for survivors is continuing after a strong earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Java, killing more than 3,000 people.
Thousands more were injured when the quake, measuring 6.2, flattened buildings south of the city of Yogyakarta, near Java's southern coast.

Families spent the night outdoors after losing their homes, while a series of aftershocks added to people's fears.

Many people are still believed trapped under rubble and collapsed buildings.

The area struck by the quake is densely-populated. The Indonesian Red Cross estimates some 200,000 people fled their homes after it hit early on Saturday morning.

I was jarred awake by my entire house shaking. My large bed was jumping inches from side to side

Kevin Freedman, Yogyakarta


At least 2,900 people were seriously injured, leaving hospitals struggling to cope, while survivors prepared mass graves to bury their dead relatives.

The worst devastation was in the town of Bantul, south of Yogyakarta city, where an official said more than 2,000 people had been killed.

Aid appeal

The Red Cross launched an appeal for $10m (7.7m euros), as world leaders sent condolences and pledged aid.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/5023874.stm
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#30848 - 28 May 06 09:50 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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The toll is up to 3500. Past experience shows you can double that when the final numbers come in.

The Australian Military has offered aid. It isnt enough, but nothing ever is.

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#30849 - 28 May 06 13:30 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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My friend sms-ed me just then, she heard that the news in Australia predicted another earthquake is going to follow. She asked me whether that's true, and i'm not sure, as i haven't been out all night, (just woken up). Did you guys hear anything?

Her grandma is in Yogya, and she's planning to travel to yogya to find her, but she's worried about this news of more earthquake..

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#30850 - 28 May 06 15:36 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Strong earthquakes in PNG......

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#30851 - 28 May 06 15:51 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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there seem to be knock-on effects happening all around the pacific.
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#30852 - 28 May 06 19:53 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Reuters

Indonesian quake death toll at 4,611

JAKARTA (Reuters) - The death toll from the Indonesian earthquake has reached 4,611, the country's social affairs department said on Sunday.

The 6.3 magnitude quake struck at dawn on Saturday, devastating the Bantul area near the ancient royal city of Yogyakarta, about 440km (270 miles) east of the Indonesian capital Jakarta.
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#30853 - 28 May 06 19:54 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Indonesia quake survivors search for food

By CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press Writer

BANTUL, Indonesia - Thousands of survivors dug through their crumpled homes Sunday in search of food and clothing Sunday after a powerful earthquake killed more than 3,700 [now 4,611] people in Indonesia's densely populated Java island.

Most of the dead were buried in village graveyards within hours of the disaster Saturday, in line with Islamic tradition. Villagers dug mass graves and village heads recorded the names of the victims so they could be added to the official death toll.

The 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck as many people were sleeping, injuring thousands in the nation's worst disaster since the 2004 tsunami. It also triggered fears that a rumbling volcano nearby would erupt.

The quake badly damaged the world famous 9th century Prambanan temple complex, where scores of stone blocks and carvings lay scattered, an archaeologist said.

The disaster zone stretched across hundreds of square miles of mostly farming communities in Yogyakarta province. The worst devastation was in the rice-farming town of Bantul, where more than 2,400 people were killed and 80 percent of the homes were flattened.

"I have to start my life from zero again," said Poniran, whose 5-year-old daughter Ellie was killed.

Poniran dug up his still-breathing daughter from the rubble of her bedroom, but she died in a hospital awaiting treatment along with hundreds of others.

"Her last words were 'Daddy, Daddy,'" he said.

Tens of thousands of people spent the night Saturday in any open space available — streets, cassava fields, even the narrow paths between rice fields. Power and telephone service was out across much of the region, adding to the terror of aftershocks.

About 450 aftershocks had shaken the region as of midday Sunday, with the strongest measuring magnitude-5.2, said Handi, an official at the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency who uses only one name.

Survivors searched the ruins of their homes on Sunday for anything still usable and complained that they hadn't received any aid.

"We're short of everything — clothes, food, water, all are gone. We are poor people, but our lives still matter," said Budi Wiyana, 63, whose house was destroyed.

Doctors struggled to care for the injured, hundreds of whom were lying on plastic sheets, straw mats and even newspapers outside overcrowded hospitals, some hooked to intravenous drips dangling from trees.

Bloodstains littered the floor at Yogyakarta's Dr. Sardjito Hospital, along with piles of soiled bandages and used medical supplies.

"We are short of surgeons," said Alexander, a doctor who goes by one name. "There are still so many critically injured people here."

In several villages, residents told reporters there were no people or bodies still trapped under the rubble of the houses, mostly simple brick and wood structures.

In Peni village on Bantul's outskirts, villagers set up simple clinics to treat injuries, but were hampered by shortages of medicine and equipment. A group of women cooked catfish caught in a nearby pond for dozens of people huddled under a large tent.

The earthquake hit at 5:54 a.m., caving in tile roofs and sending walls crashing down. Survivors screamed as they ran from their homes, some clutching bloodied children and the elderly.

It was the latest in a series of disasters to hit Indonesia — including the 2004 tsunami that ravaged Aceh province, terrorist attacks, a widening bird flu outbreak and the threat of eruption from nearby Mount Merapi.

The quake's epicenter was 50 miles south of Mount Merapi, and activity increased soon after the temblor. A large burst spewed hot clouds and sent debris cascading some two miles down its western flank. No one was injured because nearby residents had already been evacuated.

Bambang Dwiyanto of the Energy and Mineral Ministry could not say whether the quake caused the volcanic activity but warned that it could trigger a larger eruption.

"It will influence the activities of Mount Merapi, particularly in the lava dome," said Dwiyanto, head of the ministry's geological division.

Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. It has the largest number of volcanos in the world — 76.

International agencies and other nations pledged millions of dollars of aid.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered the army to evacuate victims and arrived with a team of Cabinet ministers to oversee rescue operations.

At least 3,765 people were killed in the quake, command post officials from the affected districts told The Associated Press. The only foreigner reported killed or injured was a man from the Netherlands.

Bantul is about 1,390 miles southeast of Aceh province, where 131,000 people died in a December 2004 tsunami triggered by a magnitude-9.1 earthquake under the sea.

The Prambanan temple, a
UNESCO world heritage site, will be closed to the public until archeologists are able to determine whether the quake damaged the foundation or tilted the shrines, said Agus Waluyo, head of the Yogyakarta Archaeological Conservation Agency.

"Stone walls collapsed, parts of a couple of monuments fell. It will take months to identify the precise damage," he told The Associated Press.

Not long after Javanese rulers constructed the Hindu temple, it was abandoned for unknown reasons and began to deteriorate.

Reconstruction of the compound began in 1918 but is unfinished.

Officials said the famed 7th century Borobudur Buddhist temple, one of Indonesia's most popular tourist attractions, was not affected by the quake.

Close to 1 million tourists visit the temples every year.
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#30854 - 29 May 06 06:32 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Rain compounds Java quake misery



Footage from Java
Survivors of an earthquake that killed more than 4,600 people on Indonesia's island of Java are spending a second night outdoors.
Driving rain has forced some to return to the rubble of their homes.

Many bodies are still thought to be trapped under debris and rescuers say the odds of finding survivors are slim.

An aid operation is gathering speed in the worst-hit areas around Yogyakarta, where 20,000 people are said to have been hurt and 200,000 left homeless.

The quake, measuring 6.3, struck on Saturday morning, flattening buildings in a densely-populated area south of the city of Yogyakarta.

A major relief operation has swung into motion, with teams from across the country and abroad arriving in the disaster zone.

The UN's World Food Programme says it has begun delivering truckloads of high-energy rations to the worst-hit districts of Bantul and Klaten.

However, news agencies also reported local officials saying aid distribution on the ground was slow.

"The problem now is that we are short of tents, many people are still living on the streets or open areas, " Reuters quoted a field officer of the Yogyakarta disaster task force as saying.

Heavy rain late on Sunday made conditions worse for those left homeless by the quake.

United Nations aid agencies are due to meet in Geneva on Monday to plan humanitarian relief for the country.

The agencies, including Unicef, the World Food Programme, the World Health Organization and the International Red Cross, have already begun distributing some relief supplies but say much more will be needed.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/5025874.stm
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#30855 - 29 May 06 07:52 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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There is a theory, (and a movie) called “the six degrees of separation”. It is based upon a simple numeric fact that if we all know 25 people, than we can never be more than 6 links away from everyone in the world (the world population today is 6,518,755,247, which is 25x25x25x25x25x25 = 6103515625.

I just received a call from an ex GF in Jakarta. Cindy’s father died last year, and she is really close to her mother. She told me that her mother was in Jogja when it happened. She is slightly injured by OK.

I am just one degree of separation away from the horror of a natural disaster.

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#30856 - 29 May 06 11:36 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Saturday morning in Jogja... just got home and fell asleep at 5am after partying all night when the quake happened. My reflex was running to my baby niece to carry her out while shouting my sis name to wake her up. Anyways, I guess we were too fine and okay in the middle of a devastating disaster. Only had one roof tile off and got the electricity back at noon while other areas still have blackout. Flew back to Jakarta from Solo yesterday and now I'm still knackered...
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#30857 - 29 May 06 11:41 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Originally posted by KuKuKaChu:
at the rate bodies are being reported, it would not surprise me if many hundreds more have been killed, especially in bantul, south of yogyakarta city.
Yeah, it's so sad, my cousin who lived in Bantul with his wife who got pregnant (7 month) and his kid 3 year old and grandpa and grandma, for a half day I couldn't contact them, just whish that they're safe, the phone line so busy, finally in the night I can contact them and thanks God they're safe, but their neighbour.....has gone away!!!! I'm crying when they told me this.

Our pray and helps in here has always with you peoples
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#30858 - 29 May 06 12:28 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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ANTARA

Adi Sutjipto airport reopened but restricted

Jakarta (Antara News) - PT Angkasa Pura (AP) I, which is running the Adi Sutjipto airport in Yogyakarta is considering to reopen the airport, but restricted to the airlifting of humanitarian assistance to places in Central Java province in the wake of the earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale which struck on Saturday morning.

"This morning a survey was conducted for such a possibility. Tim of AP I and the government are already there," Secretary of PT AP I, Markus Tries Tuwo said here on Sunday morning.

Adi Sutjipto airport had been closed to flights since the earthquake struck on Saturday morning, and some 6,300 passengers per day and 40 flights were diverted to Adi Soemarmo airport in Solo and to Ahmad Yani airport in Semarang.

Markus said if it has been decided to reopen the airport, only aircraft of certain types could be able to land, because the runway is now 2,200 m shorter than normal because of cracks.

He also cannot tell when the airport would be reopened to commercial aircraft.

Two people were killed at the airport and already handed over to their relatives, while one heavily injured and nigh lightly.

The material loss of the airport caused by the tremor had been estimated at Rp4.6 billion, and the loss as the result of idleness per day reached Rp151.25 million.(*)
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#30859 - 29 May 06 12:59 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Hey.. Everyone....My heart goes out to all of U who have family or friends in yogja. I my self have and ex sister in-law with all her kids in yogja, that i hope and pray are okay. The newspaper here said that about 3,700 people were killed and thousands were wounded, it is consider the worst disaster since the tsunami in 2004.They also said it was felt as far as Jakarta. THANK YOU to those of u that are keeping the rest of us inform of what's going on over there by posting the information on this chat site so the rest of us over here can at lease keep inform of the progress..... Please keep up the GOOD WORK.....We most be strong, in this hour of pain, for GOD is ALWAYS with US..and we most seek his comfort in these time of sorrow for are friends and family....

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#30860 - 29 May 06 21:50 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Monday, May 29, 2006

Seismographs investment/donation please!

The running texts of Indonesia's TV stations has apparently been focusing on the number of casualties and the amount of money donated by dignitaries like...Kalla Family Rp2 billion, Prayogo Pangestu Rp500 million, Boy Thohir Rp100 million, Indra Bakrie Rp500 million, etc...or the announcement from big companies in what they claimed corporate social responsibilities like...Company A to rebuild the school, company B to rehabilitate the mosques and hospitals...donates tents or boxes of instant noodles, tea, mineral water...etc...But I'm awating texts like...smart guy donates a seismograph or scholarships for students in the earth science...

I decided to run the text after reading Kompas.com report quoting Surono, an officer at Yogyakarta's branch of Badan Meteorologi dan Geofisika (BMG)---Indonesia's USGS.
Surono disclosed that Indonesia has no seismograph installed to measure the earth's movement in southern belt of the quake line of Java Island. Surono believes USGS even has that and that explains why USGS and BMG have different figures about the earthquake in Yogyakarta that kills more than 3,800 people and more than 10,000 people injured. Reconstruction costs were predicted at least US$110 million. Worse, as reported by Tempointeraktif.com, the quake also hit the main building of monitoring devices for Merapi Volcano and that's scared people there as no information available on the possible deadly eruptions from the active volcano.

Back to to the seismograph issue. USGS reported the epicentrum of the quake at 17 km beneath the surface, while BMG said it's 33 km below the surface.

Last year, both China and Japan committed to donate dozens of new seismographs to Indonesia aftermath the tsunami that killed more than 120 thousand people in Aceh. The National Earthquake Center has also planned to install more than 100 new seismographs in 10 locations. But somehow the country missed the southern part of Java Island?

I believe the cost of such seismograph is nothing compared to Minister Sugiharto's plan to spend US$337 million to buyback 25.5% shares of cement manufacturer PT Semen Gresik Tbk from Cemex SA and even a peanut compared to the cost to build East Kalimantan Governor's residence of US$7 million (to match Hollywood stars heh...).
Seismograph investment is one thing. But the country is apparently lack of expertise in the sector. So, scholarships dedicated to this field of expertise would be a great way to help prepare a better prevention management in the future.

City planning should be improved as well, especially on public housing technology in quake sensitive areas in the country. (Remember that the crash of the buildings or roofs were the main cause of misseries in Yogyakarta quake)
At the high-level public policy sphere, president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono who runs the administration from Yogyakarta for three days, should take a new approach toward BMG. We can't aford to keep treating BMG as a periphery agency. We need to empower BMG to be our USGS and play a more important role for the economy and the people.

I remember few years ago when I visited a cigarette factory in Central Java. The owner said he was relying very much on weather reports from Australia to provide more accurate information to tobacco farmers. "The farmers need accurate weather reports to schedule planting or harvesting. We spend a lot of money to buy those reports from Australia, but we just can't stand to see them suffer from bad harvest season," the cigarette businessman said.

That's how important the information about the mother nature for the economy. I wonder how much money industries like construction, offshore oil and gas, mining, airlines, or sea transportation have to pay in US dollars for so many years just because of our ignorance on such an important institution.
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#30861 - 29 May 06 22:04 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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AP

Activity at Mount Merapi volcano triples

YOGYAKARTA (AP): Activity at Mount Merapi volcano has tripled since Saturday's earthquake, and a large eruption is still possible, a volcanology official said Monday.

"The earthquake has caused instability in the lava dome," said Subandriyo, chief of the Merapi volcanology and monitoring office. "There is still a chance that a big eruption might occur," he said.

The rumbling volcano spit out lava and hot clouds Monday morning, sending debris avalanching four kilometers down the mountain, he said.

Since Saturday's powerful nearby earthquake, the volcano has spewed hot clouds an average of 150 times a day, compared to 50 times before, he said.

The 3,000-meter volcano has been rumbling and spewing smoke and lava for weeks. Earlier this month, residents in the danger zone were ordered to evacuate.

Many fear the quake will trigger an eruption of one of the world's most active volcanoes. Mount Merapi, which means "Fire Mountain," has erupted scores of times in the last 200 years, often with deadly results.

Clive Oppenheimer, of the University of Cambridge'sVolcanology Group, earlier said external factors could trigger or accelerate an eruption.

"It's certainly possible a good shake from the earthquake could destabilize" the lava dome, Oppenheimer said.

A lava dome is a mound-shaped accumulation of slow-moving lava on a volcano. Its collapse can release a highly dangerous pyroclastic flow -- a fast-moving burst of high-temperature gases and rock fragments that can burn anything in its path. (***)
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#30862 - 30 May 06 04:35 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Race against time in Java quake

The task of helping survivors of Saturday's earthquake on the Indonesian island of Java is "a race against the clock", the United Nations has warned.
Emergency workers and supplies are arriving but the UN's top relief co-ordinator Jan Egeland told the BBC the task was "enormous".

Driving rain is hampering relief work after the disaster which killed at least 4,295 people and injured 20,000.

And activity at nearby erupting volcano Mount Merapi is said to have increased.


See a map of Pacific Ring of Fire
UN aid agencies meeting in Geneva say field hospitals, shelter, medicines and clean water are the top priorities after the 6.3 quake which struck on Saturday morning.

OFFERS OF AID
Japan: $10m (£5.4m) plus troops
UK: $5.5m via UN, $1.8m via Red Cross
Middle East: $13m in total from Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kuwait
Pledges from EU, US and China
Appeals by Red Cross, Save the Children


International offers of aid

They want to make sure the operation gets under way quickly and efficiently and that there is no duplication, the BBC's Imogen Foulkes reports.

The UN appealed for three field hospitals to be sent to the region within three days.

Among other measures being taken:


The Red Cross is sending 10,000 tents and Unicef is supplying school tents

A UN co-ordination centre has been set up at Yogyakarta Airport, close to the disaster zone

The World Food Programme has begun giving out emergency rations and Unicef is distributing 40,000 litres of clean water a day
Many aid agencies already have supplies in the region because of the threatened volcanic eruption, our correspondent notes.

Seeking shelter

Buildings in and around Yogyakarta were flattened in the earthquake, leaving about 130,000 people homeless, according to Unicef.

Heavy rain has forced some to return to their destroyed houses in search of some kind of shelter despite the threat of further building collapses.

The quake probably affected "hundreds of thousands", Mr Egeland told the BBC's World Today programme.

In an interview with CNN, the UN relief co-ordinator added that he expected relief to reach people faster than after the 2004 tsunami disaster, which killed at least 130,000 in the western province of Aceh.

"This time I think it's going to be easier because Java is not as remote as Aceh," he said.

Governors of the areas hit by the quake have put the death toll at 4,295 in contrast to earlier estimates of about 5,000.

Many bodies are still thought to be trapped under debris and rescuers say the odds of finding survivors are slim.

Some two-thirds of the victims died in Bantul, a town south of the ancient royal city of Yogyakarta.


Aid agencies and the military are working together to get aid to surrounding towns and villages.

Hospitals are overwhelmed and hundreds of victims are having to be treated outdoors.

One BBC News website reader in Yogyakarta, Kirsty, said she had visited a hospital and witnessed operations being performed "on the floor, atop bamboo mats or mattresses".

Temple damaged

Thousands of people have been evacuated from around Mount Merapi, close to Yogyakarta, where volcanologists report a three-fold increase in activity since the quake.


Columns crashed to the ground at the Prambanan temple

Subandriyo, chief of the Merapi volcanology and monitoring office, said there was a chance of a "big eruption".

Indonesia is in a zone known as the Pacific Ring of Fire, which is prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity.

Yogyakarta is the former Javanese royal capital and home to historic temples and palaces.

Intricate carved reliefs in its renowned Prambanan Hindu temple were sent crashing to the ground by the quake, which undid years of restoration.

However, the 7th Century Borobudur Buddhist temple survived intact.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/5026680.stm
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#30863 - 30 May 06 04:47 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Java quake aid getting through

There is a definite sense the relief operation for Saturday's earthquake in Java is moving up a gear - there is more urgency, more energy.


In the town of Imogiri, the long clear up is under way
South of Yogyakarta, in the town of Bintul, the car park of what used to be the local mayor's house has become the co-ordination centre for the relief effort.

Lorries are coming in and going out all the time. A group of soldiers is loading boxes of noodles into the back of a lorry ready to be taken to the affected villages.

The Indonesians are in charge of this operation, and the military are very much at the centre of that effort. But there is a significant international presence here as well.

Ronny, from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), says 20 trucks are being used to deliver aid donations to surrounding towns and villages.

"It will get as soon as possible to the people who really, really need," he says.

Eduoard Beigbeder, from Unicef, says each emergency had its own challenges. "Right now it is to deliver water and to deliver the non-food items so that the people get shelters," he explains.

He says aid agencies have learned from the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami to better co-ordinate efforts.

"There is a network among the agencies who know each other and understand how to work [together]. We as well have learned our own lessons from the tsunami emergency," he said.

Rubble and bricks

In the surrounding villages, aid is most desperately needed. In one small village, surrounded by farm land, almost every building has been either partially destroyed or completely collapsed.

Piles of rubble, bricks and wood lie everywhere, while people sit outside in makeshift shelters.

"There are a couple of buildings still standing but people are too afraid to go back in because they are afraid something will happen. And its been hard for them to leave now because they don't have any place to live," one man says.

Villagers say they have not seen any major help from the government yet. The military had come here and pulled some of the dead bodies from the rubble, but they did not bring any food and water.

One man asks us if we can go and tell the authorities that the village needs help.

In the small town of Imogiri, a military truck and a bulldozer are beginning the work of clearing some of the debris.

Three bodies were pulled from the rubble yesterday, but local people do not think anybody else is trapped inside.

So they are starting to remove the rubble. And this is the kind of work that is going to go on now for the next few days and weeks. But at least help is beginning to arrive.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/5027286.stm
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#30864 - 30 May 06 06:56 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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The sudden loss of a friend can have serious effects upon our outlook and well being. Life is a tenuous thing, and we usually fail to appreciate how brief it really is.

Although everyone handles situations differently, there are a number of stages that we normally go through upon hearing of the loss of someone we know. Shock, disbelief, grief, blame, are all emotions that will go through our mind.

If we try to contain these thoughts, we suffer more, and we suffer longer.

If you have lost someone, or are upset by the Jogjakarta tragedy, please talk to someone about it. Even me.

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#30865 - 30 May 06 09:52 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Quote:
Originally posted by hanabi:
Saturday morning in Jogja... just got home and fell asleep at 5am after partying all night when the quake happened. My reflex was running to my baby niece to carry her out while shouting my sis name to wake her up. Anyways, I guess we were too fine and okay in the middle of a devastating disaster. Only had one roof tile off and got the electricity back at noon while other areas still have blackout. Flew back to Jakarta from Solo yesterday and now I'm still knackered...
where exactly in jogja were you when the earthquake hit?
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#30866 - 30 May 06 10:42 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Originally posted by Sausage Master Polar Bear:
The sudden loss of a friend can have serious effects upon our outlook and well being. Life is a tenuous thing, and we usually fail to appreciate how brief it really is.

Although everyone handles situations differently, there are a number of stages that we normally go through upon hearing of the loss of someone we know. Shock, disbelief, grief, blame, are all emotions that will go through our mind.

If we try to contain these thoughts, we suffer more, and we suffer longer.

If you have lost someone, or are upset by the Jogjakarta tragedy,

You're right babe and we should be thankful that we're still alive and healthy here

please talk to someone about it. Even me.
You're so sweet babe.
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#30867 - 30 May 06 11:20 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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the earthquake in Yogya was the sadness for everyone who really cared...
sometimes I can't believe with paranormal, but I'm still remember when Mama Laurent said..that there will the disaster in April or in May in 2006...
The sorrow of yogya was the sorrow all of us, let's prayed for them who became casualties, hopefully they will stay sober and patient..Amin
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#30868 - 30 May 06 11:59 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Quote:
Originally posted by KuKuKaChu:
Quote:
Originally posted by hanabi:
Saturday morning in Jogja...
where exactly in jogja were you when the earthquake hit?
I was in Gejayan, northern ring road. I've been to an earthquake simulation in Kobe, Japan, and now I think it felt the same. The sounds, the shakes, and it lasted only in a few seconds.
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#30869 - 30 May 06 13:47 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Are you ok lovely Hanabi??? I hope so, I'm so sorry to hear that.
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#30870 - 30 May 06 13:59 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Quote:
Originally posted by jokgirl:

sometimes I can't believe with paranormal, but I still remember when Mama Laurent said..that there will be the disaster in April or May in 2006...
She said there will be some more...
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#30871 - 30 May 06 14:37 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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hope that's the last disaster in indo..
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#30872 - 30 May 06 15:09 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Originally posted by Macan Tutul:
Are you ok lovely Hanabi??? I hope so, I'm so sorry to hear that.
Thanks MT, but I'm very okay. Not much damage received. One neighbor had the balcony collapse from second floor. Some friends who stayed at the Sheraton Hotel and the Melia Hotel had been evacuated as the room plafonds fell down. Most casualties were in southern parts of Jogja.
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#30873 - 30 May 06 17:31 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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ohhh..so sorry to hear that hana darling...
i'm so sad also, coz one of the casualties is my friend and her child frown
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#30874 - 31 May 06 04:55 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Aid flow begins for Java victims

Emergency aid has begun to arrive in the Indonesian island of Java for the victims of Saturday's earthquake.
But many survivors are facing a fourth night without relief supplies as driving rain and congested roads hamper access to more remote areas.

The number of dead now stands at 5,698, the social affairs ministry says.

The 6.3 magnitude earthquake near the ancient southern city of Yogyakarta left thousands more injured and as many as 200,000 without homes.

Donations from around the world arrived throughout Tuesday as the relief operation involving at least 22 countries gathered pace.

The aid, brought in by a succession of planes landing at Yogyakarta's main airport, were unloaded into warehouses.

The UN has set up a coordination centre close to the airport to bring order to the flow of goods.

More international medical teams have flown in to help treat the injured, including personnel from the US, Japan and a 40-strong team and five tonnes of medical supplies from China.

A Singaporean field hospital has already begun to treat patients, as fears of a health crisis appear to be receding.

The UN's top humanitarian coordinator, Jan Egeland, praised the huge aid effort as having made "enormous progress".

"The most critical need is medical assistance and after that it's water and sanitation, and third is emergency shelter," he told the Associated Press.

Distribution problems

But many areas are still waiting for aid deliveries.

On roads around Yogyakarta, people were begging motorists for money.

"Our village has many victims, houses are all destroyed and we have not received aid from the government," a teenage boy, Jumadi, told Reuters news agency.

"What else can we do?" he said.

The UN coordinator in Bantul, hardest hit by the earthquake, said the problem is not a shortage of aid but a problem of "distribution networks".

"The problem is how to bring these goods to those who really need it," he told the BBC's Barbara Plett.

OFFERS OF AID
Japan: $10m (£5.4m) plus troops
UK: $5.5m via UN, $1.8m via Red Cross
Middle East: $13m in total from Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kuwait
Pledges from EU, US and China
Appeals by Red Cross, Save the Children


International offers of aid

One man, Trimoseh, whose house in Prenggan village near Bantul was destroyed, said he had very little food or water.

"Until now we haven't had any aid," he told Reuters. "But we are not angry, we are just hungry. We will wait for food."

The Asian Development Bank has promised $60m (£32m) in aid and loans to help the affected region.

The Indonesian government has pledged an initial 12kg of rice per family, and 200,000 rupiah ($21) for each survivor to cover clothing and household goods, and compensation for damaged houses.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono warned on Monday he would not tolerate corruption with aid money, saying: "Don't misappropriate one dollar."

And after visiting the affected areas, he added: "We have to improve co-ordination... I saw in many areas that there are many things that need to be speeded up."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/5028500.stm
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#30875 - 31 May 06 06:48 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Its no surprise that the aid is flowing slowly! At CKG last night, Aid Workers from all over were arriving, this however did not stop the bungling at the airport with their visa's being questioned. Thet did not look like tourists or smugglers, they wore clearly marked gear explaining they were search, rescue and health workers. NOTE to PB, they flew economy!

Worse, when the search dogs, that had flown half way around the world arrived in the baggage area certain members of Indo's finest started baiting them!

As I left they were still held up, no doubt waiting for someone to arrive with the brown envelope!
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#30876 - 31 May 06 09:35 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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ANTARA

Australia send 80 skilled personnel to Yogyakarta

Jakarta (Antara News) - More than 80 Australian skilled personnel will be sent to Yogyakarta soon including natural disaster experts, 27 surgeons, anesthetists, and logistic personnel.

The Australian Foreign Office disclosed Tuesday night that the 80 skilled personnel were headed by a representative of AusAID.

The team along with 12 tons of equipment, including medicines and orthopedic instruments estimated at 200,000 Australian dollars, will be flown to Indonesia on Tuesday.

The experts and skilled personnel will bring Australia`s humanitarian aid to the victims of the strong quake measured at 5.9 on the Richter scale which struck Yogyakarta and Central Java killing about 5,000 people and seriously damaged 45,000 buildings, to a value of 7.5 million Australian dollars.

AusAID had been operating in Yogyakarta since the trembler struck the area on Saturday morning, for setting priorities in medical assistance and logistics.

Australia has also provided assistance to the Muhammadiyah Moslem organization and local NGOs as well as UN agencies in support of medical programs and food supplies to areas hardest hit by the disaster. (*)
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#30877 - 31 May 06 09:36 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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AFP

Geologists warn Indonesia quake could awaken nearby volcano

by Bhimanto Suwastoyo Tue May 30, 7:18 AM ET

JAKARTA (AFP) - Geologists have warned that simmering Mount Merapi volcano could blow its top in the wake of the powerful quake that devastated swathes of Indonesia's main island of Java.


"Theoretically as well as statistically, there is a very large possibility that tectonic activities trigger or increase volcanic activities," Syamsulrizal, who works at Indonesia's national vulcanology office, said Tuesday.

Quake activity near a dormant volcano may "switch it on," while already active volcanoes could see more intense rumblings, said the head of the office's department for disaster risk evaluation.

Since Saturday's 6.3-magnitude earthquake, seismologists have noted increased flows of lava and heat clouds at Merapi, just north of the temblor's epicentre.

Authorities had already issued a red alert ahead of a possible eruption and shelter camps were set up to house more than 24,000 people evacuated from its slopes.

Most of those have since returned home to tend flocks and crops as attention has switched to the humanitarian crisis to the south where 5,400 were killed, thousands more injured and 200,000 left homeless by the quake.

There are fears that an eruption could further devastate the area and strain the stretched quake relief effort.

"Because a volcano's activities are linked to its system of fluid dynamics, any temblor would certainly have an effect," said Gede Suwantika, who heads the quake monitoring section of the vulcanology office in Yogyakarta.

He said the high magma pressure inside the volcano could rise further as one of the two tectonic plates that meet under the Indian Ocean south of Java slides under the island, as happens in a quake.

"Statistically, this rising activity is already shown by the much higher frequency of heat clouds emitted by Merapi during the post-earthquake period," he told AFP from Yogyakarta, just 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Merapi.

Earthquakes are caused by movements, often very slight, of parts of the earth's crust. The movements release energy and produce the shockwaves which cause the earth tremors.

Volcanic activities occur when fluid magma finds its way to the surface.

In the early hours of Tuesday, Merapi sent out 10 heat clouds and 120 lava trails, some of them two kilometers long, said Tri Yani of the vulcanology office in Yogyakarta.

Plumes of smoke were seen rising some 900 metres (3,000 feet) into the air -- nearly double the height seen the previous day.

After calming down for a few days, Merapi belched significant heat cloud torrents shortly after Saturday's temblor.

On Monday, Merapi sent out 186 lava trails and 88 heat clouds, Yani said.

Suwantika said Indonesia's volcanic and tectonic channels followed the same lines along the boundaries between different tectonic plates, perhaps explaining why Merapi would become more active following the earthquake.

Scientists have warned that the main danger posed by Merapi is the deadly heat clouds, which can travel some 100 kilometers an hour with sustained temperatures of up to 600 degrees Celsius, incinerating everything on its path.

Merapi, one of the most active of the 130 volcanoes considered dangerous across the Indonesian archipelago, killed 66 people in its last major eruption in 1994.

Its deadliest eruption in recent times occurred in 1930, when more than 1,300 people perished.

The volcano's relative period of calm last week prompted many of the 22,000 people evacuated earlier in the month to return home. Only 2,000 people remained in temporary shelters around the peak on Tuesday.
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#30878 - 31 May 06 09:40 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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See how that lot get through CGK! I await with baited breath!
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#30879 - 31 May 06 09:47 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Quote:
Originally posted by Dilligaf:
Its no surprise that the aid is flowing slowly! At CKG last night, Aid Workers from all over were arriving, this however did not stop the bungling at the airport with their visa's being questioned. Thet did not look like tourists or smugglers, they wore clearly marked gear explaining they were search, rescue and health workers. NOTE to PB, they flew economy!

Worse, when the search dogs, that had flown half way around the world arrived in the baggage area certain members of Indo's finest started baiting them!

As I left they were still held up, no doubt waiting for someone to arrive with the brown envelope!
this is exactly why Okusi is offering to organise visas free-of-charge for relief workers! the same fun-and-games happened at the time of the tsunami, when immigration parasites in jakarta and medan made a killing with "fines" and "fees".
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#30880 - 31 May 06 21:13 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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ABC/Reuters

Wednesday, May 31, 2006. 10:15pm (AEST)

Assessment: 45,000 homes have been destroyed in the earthquake

By Shane McLeod in Yogyakarta

An Australian medical team has arrived in Yogyakarta to join relief efforts after last weekend's earthquake in the Indonesian city.

The team of 27 include surgeons, paramedics, anaesthetists and logistics experts.

It arrived this evening and will begin briefings before starting work in two local hospitals.

Dr Michael Novey says the team is ready to respond to a range of situations.

"What we're now seeing is secondary and sort of tertiary aspects of trauma where there's infections and wounds that need to be really treated," he said.

"And that's a very important thing to do that, and that's a role which we designed to set up for and to provide for a vast number of people."

Twelve tonnes of medical equipment is due to arrive tomorrow, as part of $7 million in aid pledged by the Australian Government.

Other medical teams are already in place helping to deal with victims of the quake, some of whom are just arriving at hospitals in the major centres.

Work is under way to return those who have been treated to their home villages, but in some areas the destruction is so extensive shelters will have to be built before that can happen.

Local officials estimate 45,000 homes have been destroyed in the earthquake with more than 100,000 buildings suffering damage.

Aid agencies are working to assess immediate priorities for their assistance programs.

Saturday's 6.3 magnitude earthquake, centred just off the Indian Ocean coast near Yogyakarta, has killed 5,846 people and left 130,000 homeless.

Hardest hit is Bantul, where entire villages were levelled and homes reduced to piles of wood, tiles and tin.

There are no signs of disease, but medicines were being sent to affected areas to prevent diseases like measles and malaria.

Some survivors said they still lacked basic aid.

-ABC/Reuters
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#30881 - 31 May 06 21:15 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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i wonder if PB is going to be airlifted into jogja?
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#30882 - 31 May 06 21:31 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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World Bank

World Bank Assisting Government to Assess Losses and Support Reconstruction in
Yogyakarta


Jakarta, May 30, 2006 -- The President of the World Bank, Mr. Paul Wolfowitz, has promised the full support of the World Bank Group for reconstruction in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Yogyakarta.

As the humanitarian relief effort gathers pace, the World Bank will focus immediately on assisting the Government of Indonesia in the preparation of a full assessment of the earthquake damage and losses to determine the overall needs for the coming phase of rehabilitation and reconstruction. The Government
is aiming to table a report by mid-June when the Consultative Group for Indonesia will hold its annual meeting between the Government and donor
partners.

Yesterday, the Government of Indonesia and the World Bank chaired a meeting of over 100 donors to begin the coordination of the reconstruction phase.

Discussions are now underway on the major task of repairing vital infrastructure and rebuilding houses. To ensure the most rapid and effective
delivery of this assistance, the Government and the Bank are discussing how to reallocate the resources of existing projects with already established networks in Yogyakarta and Central Java.

Through community-driven projects such as the Kecamatan Development Program and Urban Poverty Program, there are already up to 500 professional facilitators on the ground that can be mobilized to work with communities to channel assistance
in a transparent and accountable manner to high priority needs, such as housing and local infrastructure. “The local communities in Yogyakarta and CentralJava are among the strongest in Indonesia, even after this horrible tragedy, “said Country Director Mr. Andrew Steer. “We are working to ensure that they
get funds into their own hands quickly and efficiently to take charge of their own recovery.”

Already, efforts to restructure and refocus existing programs in supporting provincial health care provision, community infrastructure, and rural water supply are underway by which the Bank could reallocate $50-60 million to reconstruction in Yogyakarta. Other sources of funding including grants are also being actively discussed especially for rebuilding houses. “We will do our
utmost to ensure there are enough funds for the recovery and reconstruction,” said Mr. Steer, “but the challenge will to find mechanisms that make the most of the incredible wealth of talent and experience already existing across this
historic and important region.”

Contacts:
In Jakarta: Prabha Chandran & Wiwiek Sonda
Tel :(62 21) 5299-3084/ 3146, pchandran@worldbank.org
wsonda@worldbank.org

In Washington: Mohamad Al-Arief
Tel: 1-202-458-5964; malarief@worldbank.org
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#30883 - 31 May 06 21:37 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Still got to get through CGK! One guy I know had lost bags on last nights flight! He waited for 2 hours before they "ound" his cases! The rescue team were still there arguing their way out!

WTF!
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#30884 - 01 Jun 06 04:57 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Java earthquake toll passes 5,800

Medical assistance is a top priority
Indonesia has upped the death toll from the earthquake which hit the island of Java on Saturday to more than 5,800.
Large quantities of aid started flowing into affected areas, and the UN spoke of "enormous progress" being made.

But many survivors spent a fourth night without shelter or supplies, as congested roads hampered access to more remote areas.

The 6.3 magnitude quake near the city of Yogyakarta left thousands injured and as many as 200,000 without homes.

Donations from around the world have continued to arrive as the relief operation, involving at least 22 countries, gathered pace.

The aid supplies, brought in by a succession of planes landing at Yogyakarta's airport, were unloaded into warehouses before being trucked south.

The UN has set up a co-ordination centre close to the airport to bring order to the flow of goods.

More international medical teams have flown in to help treat the injured, including personnel from the US, Japan and a 40-strong team and five tonnes of medical supplies from China.

A Singaporean field hospital has been treating patients, and fears of a health crisis appear to be receding, aid workers say.

The UN's top humanitarian co-ordinator, Jan Egeland, said the aid effort had made "enormous progress".

"The most critical need is medical assistance and after that it's water and sanitation, and third is emergency shelter," he told the Associated Press.

Distribution problems

But many areas are still waiting for aid deliveries.

On roads around Yogyakarta, people were begging motorists for money.

"Our village has many victims, houses are all destroyed and we have not received aid from the government," a teenage boy, Jumadi, told Reuters news agency.

"What else can we do?" he said.

The UN co-ordinator in Bantul, hardest hit by the earthquake, told the BBC the problem was not a shortage of aid but a problem of "distribution networks".

"The problem is how to bring these goods to those who really need it," he said.

One man, Trimoseh, whose house in Prenggan village near Bantul was destroyed, said he had very little food or water.

"Until now we haven't had any aid," he told Reuters. "But we are not angry, we are just hungry. We will wait for food."

The Asian Development Bank has promised $60m (£32m) in aid and loans to help the affected region.

The Indonesian government has pledged an initial 12kg of rice per family, and 200,000 rupiah ($21) for each survivor to cover clothing and household goods, and compensation for damaged houses.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/5032458.stm
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#30885 - 01 Jun 06 06:25 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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#30886 - 01 Jun 06 07:59 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Quote:
Originally posted by Dilligaf:
Still got to get through CGK! One guy I know had lost bags on last nights flight! He waited for 2 hours before they "ound" his cases! The rescue team were still there arguing their way out!

WTF!
"Welcome to Indonesia!" smile

Somebody, a long-time resident in for a visa, asked me last night, "Why do I stay here? Why do I put up with this shit?"

He's thinking about moving to Sudan smile
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#30887 - 01 Jun 06 09:58 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Indo isn’t so bad. No military coups (at least not yet). No cannibalism (Unless you are in West Papua), no major gun problem, no major kidnap problem, no one throws spears at you (apart from West Papua) smile smile smile

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#30888 - 01 Jun 06 11:50 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Five hotels close due to Saturday's earthquake

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Five star-rated hotels in Yogyakarta have closed for an indefinite period of time due to the severe damage caused by Saturday's devastating earthquake.

Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association chairperson Wiryanti Sukamdani said the star-rated hotels that had temporarily closed to allow for repairs were the Sheraton, Jayakarta, Quality, Ibis and Melia Purosani hotels.

Although damaged by the disaster, none of the five hotels had reported injuries to guests.

"The reopening of the hotels will depend on the how badly they were damaged and the length of time needed to renovate the buildings," Wiryanti said in a briefing on the country's tourism industry.

She said that seven other four and five-star hotels in the quake-stricken city were still operating as normal, while all non star-rated hotels were in good condition.

"The earthquake seriously affected those hotels that have four stories or more," Wiryanti said.

The association was unable to provide estimates of losses as yet, she added.

Wiryanti said that right after the 5.9-on-the Richter-scale earthquake hit the city, most hotel guests checked out. However, she noted that since Tuesday, visitors had been coming back to Yogyakarta and booking into hotels there.

"Currently, hotels with 50 to 60 rooms have an average occupancy rate of 80 percent," she said.

Wiryanti said that the high occupancy rate was due to a reduction in the number of hotels operating and an influx of aid workers into Yogyakarta.

Wiryanti said that the association would request the government to allow severely damaged hotels that had to temporarily close to defer payment of hotel tax and electricity bills.

The association would also ask the Manpower and Transmigration Ministry to allow the hotels to temporarily lay off their employees, she added.

She said that in spite of the earthquake, Yogyakarta's tourism prospects were still very good.

"People from outside Yogyakarta will want to see what the earthquake did to the city with their own eyes," she explained. (08)
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#30889 - 01 Jun 06 12:29 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Since the earthquake incident in yogya, me and few of friends tried to gather the fund and usable second-hand clothes to be contributed to earthquake casualties,directly..even I didn't come to yogya and joint with my friends..
but I felt so sad with the casualties,coz they didn't got something as they wish..
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#30890 - 01 Jun 06 18:20 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Yogya and all the problems, need our suport materially, empaty and simpaty....

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#30891 - 01 Jun 06 18:32 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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yeah you're rite rsi, have you any plan go yogya?
maybe they need your support..at least doa from you..
me and my self, I have nothing to do.. I only give much doa for them, hope they still sober and patient smile
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#30892 - 02 Jun 06 04:11 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Java quake death toll increases

The number of people killed in the earthquake which hit the island of Java on Saturday has increased to more than 6,200, Indonesian authorities say.
At least 30,000 people have been injured and more than 105,000 homes destroyed or damaged, leaving hundreds of thousands of people displaced.

However, authorities say they expect the figures to rise as further damage assessment is carried out.

The UN says aid is now getting through to most areas.

But a UN official said hospitals were struggling to cope with the numbers of injured.

"Most of the hospitals are functioning, but are overloaded. There is a lack of space in the hospitals," Charlie Higgins, the UN's humanitarian co-ordinator in Yogyakarta, the city worst affected by the disaster, told AFP news agency.

"It's getting out the basic medical supplies to the hospitals that is important," he said.

Aid efforts

As hospitals remain overcrowded and delivery of aid has been hampered by bad weather, some locals have been forced to spend a fifth night without shelter.

A field hospital set up by the US in Sewon, south of Yogyakarta, is expected to become fully operational on Thursday.

The UN's top humanitarian co-ordinator, Jan Egeland, was optimistic about the aid effort.

"Of course there are villages and people who have not yet got assistance because there are hundreds of thousands of severely affected people in a big area and we're less than a week into the emergency."

"I think the Indonesia system works. It has been working very well," he said.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who spent four days in the region, said he had enough confidence in the relief efforts to return to the capital, Jakarta.

The 6.3 magnitude quake hit the ancient city of Yogyakarta early on Saturday.

The region is close to the volcano Mount Merapi which has been spewing lava and ash for some weeks.

The Asian Development Bank has promised $60m (£32m) in aid and loans to help the affected region.

The Indonesian government has pledged an initial 12kg of rice per family, and 200,000 rupiah ($21) for each survivor to cover clothing and household goods, and compensation for damaged houses.

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#30893 - 06 Jun 06 04:06 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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UN plans six-month quake relief

Indonesia's earthquake survivors will need a six-month relief operation costing more than $100m, UN officials have said.
Georg Peterson, from the WHO, said the challenge in the short term was to get people out of crowded hospitals to prevent the spread of infection.

Friday prayers were held in the area for the first time since the quake hit, killing at least 6,200 people.

Many Javanese believe last Saturday's disaster was a warning from God.


"The height of the emergency phase will continue, I would expect, for another week to two weeks, and at the most be completed in a month," Charlie Higgins, UN aid co-ordinator in the area, told a news conference.

"The area, although not large, is constricted and there are many difficulties in moving relief to difficult areas," he said.

But an estimated $100m ($78m) will be needed over the next six months, and nearly half of that money should go toward housing, according to the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs.


Religion plays an important role in many locals' lives

Thousands of local Muslims attended prayers on Friday.

In the village of Giwangan, on the southern outskirts of Yogyakarta, a special prayer leaflet was distributed entitled "Disaster and How to Face It", quoting a passage from the Koran saying natural disasters were God's will.

"We want to make peace inside by praying and being closer to God," local merchant Iskak, 40, told the French news agency AFP.

"The earthquake is because God would like to give a warning to people, that it is the fault of humankind."


Sukasdi, a 51-year-old police officer, said his survival had strengthened his faith.

"I feel that my life is more valuable because my life has been given to me by God. I feel much closer to God and I can face the situation in a more peaceful way," he said.

At least 30,000 people were injured and more than 105,000 homes destroyed or damaged by the quake, leaving hundreds of thousands of people displaced.

Mr Peterson, from the World Health Organization, said that many of those who had died in recent days were elderly people who had suffered complications from their injuries or infections of their wounds.

The 6.3 magnitude quake hit the ancient city of Yogyakarta early on Saturday.

The region is close to the volcano Mount Merapi which has been spewing lava and ash for some weeks

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#30894 - 06 Jun 06 12:10 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Indonesia plans massive immunizations in earthquake zone

BANTUL, Yogyakarta (AP) Indonesia prepared Tuesday to immunize tens of thousands of earthquake survivors against tetanus and measles, as a nearby volcano sent out fresh clouds of searing hot gas clouds and lava streams.

The Mount Merapi volcano added concerns in the area of central Java hardest hit by the 5.9 magnitude earthquake, which killed at least 5, 857 people and injured more than 30,000.

Activity at the mountain, which has a history of deadly explosions, increased after the quake, the latest in a string of natural disasters to hit the world's fourth most populous nation in recent years.

Health workers are concerned that the estimated 647,000 people displaced by the May 27 quake -- a third of whom are living in makeshift shelters with no toilets or running water -- are vulnerable to disease.

On Wednesday, the government and the World Health Organization were to begin immunizing all children under 5 in the quake zone against measles, said Harsaran Pandey, a WHO spokeswoman.

All adults in the quake zone would also receive a booster dose of tetanus vaccine, she said.

"There are lots of nails poking around that people can be cut on," she said.

Tetanus is an infection that usually originates from a contaminated wound, often a cut or deep puncture wound. It is fatal in more than 30 percent of cases, with even higher rates in the developing world.

Pandey said there had already been one suspected case of the disease.

On Monday, some 200 trucks, each filled with 4,000 kilograms of rice destined for the disaster zone, left the city square in the ancient royal capital of Yogyakarta.

"The government will ensure everybody gets food," said Vice President Jusuf Kalla, promising 10 kilograms of rice per person each month until survivors' houses were rebuilt.

The international relief effort has picked up pace in recent days, although aid has yet to reach some remote areas. The United Nations has appealed for US$103 million for recovery efforts over the next six months.

Indonesia is prone to seismic upheaval because of its location on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. (***)

Indonesia plans massive immunizations in earthquake zone
BANTUL, Yogyakarta (AP) Indonesia prepared Tuesday to immunize tens of thousands of earthquake survivors against tetanus and measles, as a nearby volcano sent out fresh clouds of searing hot gas clouds and lava streams.

The Mount Merapi volcano added concerns in the area of central Java hardest hit by the 5.9 magnitude earthquake, which killed at least 5, 857 people and injured more than 30,000.

Activity at the mountain, which has a history of deadly explosions, increased after the quake, the latest in a string of natural disasters to hit the world's fourth most populous nation in recent years.

Health workers are concerned that the estimated 647,000 people displaced by the May 27 quake -- a third of whom are living in makeshift shelters with no toilets or running water -- are vulnerable to disease.

On Wednesday, the government and the World Health Organization were to begin immunizing all children under 5 in the quake zone against measles, said Harsaran Pandey, a WHO spokeswoman.

All adults in the quake zone would also receive a booster dose of tetanus vaccine, she said.

"There are lots of nails poking around that people can be cut on," she said.

Tetanus is an infection that usually originates from a contaminated wound, often a cut or deep puncture wound. It is fatal in more than 30 percent of cases, with even higher rates in the developing world.

Pandey said there had already been one suspected case of the disease.

On Monday, some 200 trucks, each filled with 4,000 kilograms of rice destined for the disaster zone, left the city square in the ancient royal capital of Yogyakarta.

"The government will ensure everybody gets food," said Vice President Jusuf Kalla, promising 10 kilograms of rice per person each month until survivors' houses were rebuilt.

The international relief effort has picked up pace in recent days, although aid has yet to reach some remote areas. The United Nations has appealed for US$103 million for recovery efforts over the next six months.

Indonesia is prone to seismic upheaval because of its location on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. (***)

Indonesia plans massive immunizations in earthquake zone
BANTUL, Yogyakarta (AP) Indonesia prepared Tuesday to immunize tens of thousands of earthquake survivors against tetanus and measles, as a nearby volcano sent out fresh clouds of searing hot gas clouds and lava streams.

The Mount Merapi volcano added concerns in the area of central Java hardest hit by the 5.9 magnitude earthquake, which killed at least 5, 857 people and injured more than 30,000.

Activity at the mountain, which has a history of deadly explosions, increased after the quake, the latest in a string of natural disasters to hit the world's fourth most populous nation in recent years.

Health workers are concerned that the estimated 647,000 people displaced by the May 27 quake -- a third of whom are living in makeshift shelters with no toilets or running water -- are vulnerable to disease.

On Wednesday, the government and the World Health Organization were to begin immunizing all children under 5 in the quake zone against measles, said Harsaran Pandey, a WHO spokeswoman.

All adults in the quake zone would also receive a booster dose of tetanus vaccine, she said.

"There are lots of nails poking around that people can be cut on," she said.

Tetanus is an infection that usually originates from a contaminated wound, often a cut or deep puncture wound. It is fatal in more than 30 percent of cases, with even higher rates in the developing world.

Pandey said there had already been one suspected case of the disease.

On Monday, some 200 trucks, each filled with 4,000 kilograms of rice destined for the disaster zone, left the city square in the ancient royal capital of Yogyakarta.

"The government will ensure everybody gets food," said Vice President Jusuf Kalla, promising 10 kilograms of rice per person each month until survivors' houses were rebuilt.

The international relief effort has picked up pace in recent days, although aid has yet to reach some remote areas. The United Nations has appealed for US$103 million for recovery efforts over the next six months.

Indonesia is prone to seismic upheaval because of its location on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. (***)

http://www.thejakartapost.com/detaillgen.asp?fileid=20060606105642&irec=0
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#30895 - 07 Jun 06 15:14 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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From The Jakarta Post http://www.thejakartapost.com/detailheadlines.asp?fileid=20060607.B01&irec=2

What's with this post-disaster xenophobia?

Endy M. Bayuni, Jakarta

Unbelievably, it's happening again. No sooner than foreign troops (mostly medical personnel) and volunteers had set foot in Yogyakarta to help victims of the May 27 devastating earthquake, people in high positions in Jakarta were demanding to know how soon it would be until they left and whether there was a need for their presence beyond the present.

The same fuss was made during the massive international relief operation in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam in December 2004.

Vice president Jusuf Kalla then literally gave marching orders for all foreign troops to leave Indonesia within three months, amid allegations, again made by politicians in Jakarta, that these troops were conducting espionage on behalf of their governments. Others were concerned the largely Western foreign volunteers were out to convert the mainly Muslim Acehnese to Christianity en masse.

This time around, there are no such allegations of spying or proselytizing. Yogyakarta, unlike Aceh then, is not a conflict zone, and it has a sizable Christian population. The foreign personnel are mainly medical workers, not members of the armed forces.

But still, the fact that questions about the presence of foreigners and about their length of stay were raised at all, mostly by people in Jakarta rather than by victims in Yogyakarta, at a time like this is revealing, if not disturbing.

It shows the prevailing xenophobic sentiments among some senior government officials and politicians. It's a sentiment that must be so overwhelming that they cannot even refrain from publicly raising the issue in the first place.

The correct Indonesian way is never to question the presence of guests who have come with the noblest of intentions. Most of us have been taught from childhood that it is simply downright rude to even ask guests when they plan to leave, for such a question is tantamount to a request for them to leave. And these are no ordinary guests. They have come to help us in a time of crisis and despair.

It is therefore perplexing that some people in key government positions are even contemplating the question, when surely there must be other, far more pressing issues to deal with in helping the victims of the quake, including restoring their livelihoods and becoming better coordinated, than worrying about the presence of a bunch of well-meaning foreigners.

Their claim that there are already too many doctors and too many make-shift hospitals in Yogyakarta does not conform with the barrage of news stating that many victims of the quake are still not getting the medical attention they need one week after the disaster.

Even if their claim is true, isn't it better to have a surplus of doctors, medicine and hospital facilities than to have a shortage? At a time like this, there can never be enough doctors and medicine.

And even if it is true that Yogyakarta does not need any more foreign medical personnel, is it really for the host nation to decide when they should leave? These foreign troops and volunteers would not stay a day longer than necessary and most will move on to the next tragedy in another part of the world once their services are no longer needed here.

They have been here less than one week and we have already made them feel that they have overstayed their welcome.

Around the same time last week, just as Singaporean volunteers, who were among the first to arrive in Yogyakarta, were busy attending to the injured, some members of the House of Representatives in Jakarta had the audacity to call on the government not to send an envoy to the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore because of the latter's reported reluctance to sign an extradition treaty with Jakarta.

Their timing could not have been worse.

And since these demands were made by people in leadership positions, Indonesia once again comes across as an ungrateful nation to the outside world. That was the impression we created after the Aceh tsunami and it is exactly the image we are projecting again this time around.

Usually, a crisis brings out the best of us. In Indonesia, a big tragedy, like the Aceh tsunami or the Yogyakarta quake, consistently exposes the ugly side of us.

When the quake struck Yogyakarta last week, the government wasted no time in appealing for international help. But only a few days later, we are virtually telling them, we'll take your money and aid, but please go now.

The ugly xenophobic within apparently got the better of us once again.

Whatever happened to the Indonesian, or even Javanese, courtesy that we often pride ourselves on?

A simple "thank you" surely would have been much nicer.
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#30896 - 08 Jun 06 13:25 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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15,000 flee from Indonesia's Mount Merapi

By ROBERT KENNEDY, Associated Press Writer

MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia - Indonesia's most dangerous volcano spewed a spectacular roiling cloud of hot gas and ash down its southern slope Thursday, sending more than 15,000 villagers fleeing to safety, scientists said.

Mount Merapi has been venting steam and ash for weeks, but the Thursday morning burst was the largest yet, with billowing, dark gray clouds avalanching 3 1/2 miles down its slopes, said Sugiono, an Indonesian vulcanologist who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

It was one of a series of powerful explosions early Thursday.

Some scientists say a powerful May 27 earthquake that killed more than 5,700 people in an area just 25 miles south of Mount Merapi may have contributed to the volcano's volatility in recent weeks.

The rumbling mountain's lava dome has swelled, raising concerns that it could suddenly collapse and send scalding clouds of fast-moving gas, lava and rocks into areas that have yet to be evacuated.

"A lot of people are panicking," said Sutomo, a government official at the scene, adding that 3,500 people had fled Sleman district on Merapi's southern side, some running and others piling in trucks and heading to nearby towns at the base.

Another 12,000 left their villages in Magelang district on the west side, officials said.

The government raised Merapi's alert to the highest level three weeks ago and started evacuating thousands of people living within four miles of the crater to government shelters, schools and camps. Some people refused orders to leave, however, saying they wanted to tend to their livestock and crops on the volcano's fertile slopes.

Stubborn villagers said Thursday that the latest burst would not scare them off.

"We are worried, but we won't leave," a villager named Supriatun told The Associated Press by mobile phone. "As long as the hot clouds do not reach us, we won't leave our village."
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#30897 - 09 Jun 06 07:34 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Merapi more than just a mountain
By Jonathan Head
BBC News, Yogyakarta


Local people say they know what to expect from the volcano
If you believe in the significance of anniversaries, there could still be plenty to fear from Mount Merapi, the volcano on Java which has been spewing out ash and lava for the past three weeks.

Travel a short distance west of the mountain, and you come across the magnificent Buddhist monument of Borobudur.

It was built during the eighth and ninth centuries, but its breathtaking reliefs and stupas were hidden from the rest of the world for eight centuries, after a massive eruption by Merapi covered it with ash.

The year was 1006, the last time the volcano really blew its top.

Since then Merapi has been very active, but confined itself to smaller eruptions that only endanger those living on its upper slopes.

'Nothing dramatic'

And despite the anniversary, that is all the vulcanologists believe it is going to do this time.

The millions of people crowded lower down, under Merapi's shadow, are not at risk from a Krakatoa-style cataclysm. But the mountain is still unpredictable; its cone is steep and fragile.

Mystic defies volcano alert
So the government is trying to persuade the several thousand who live in higher villages that they must stay in the temporary camps, set up in schools and public buildings.

It is not having much success. Although all the roads leading up into the danger zone are now barred by police road-blocks, they invariably allow local residents to go back to their villages to look after their homes and livestock.

When we drove nervously up to the highest village on Merapi's southern slope, all the men were sitting there, apparently unconcerned by all the volcanic activity 1,000 metres above them.

We know this mountain, they said. We don't believe it's going to do anything dramatic.

Ignored

Most of the women, children and elderly are still hanging on in the camps, but their patience is wearing thin.


People are tired of camp life and want to go home
There is a pretty well-oiled relief operation looking after them, but still they are starting to complain about the food, the cramped sleeping quarters, and an assortment of ailments afflicting the children. They want to go home.

You would think the experience of a neighbouring village 12 years ago would counsel more caution. Then there were eruptions on a similar scale to those of the past three weeks, and they were also ignored by local people.

Sixty died horrible deaths after being engulfed in a scalding cloud of gas that spewed suddenly out of the crater.

But the local people do not listen to government officials. They listen to Marijan, the old "gate-keeper" to the volcano who enjoys an intimate spiritual relationship with Merapi.

He insists there is nothing to worry about, and he has refused official pleading that he set an example to everyone else and come down from the danger zone.

Sacred site


Mt Merapi is sacred to the people of central Java
Merapi is much more than just a mountain to the people of central Java.

It is seen as a representation of the sacred Mount Meru of Hindu mythology, or as the home of more ancient Javanese spirits, and as one of the forces governing the fortunes of the old royal city of Yogyakarta, along with Ratu Kidul, the treacherous goddess of the south seas.

The Sultan of Yogyakarta, although a devout Muslim like most of his subjects, pays homage to these forces in yearly rituals.

Benign or malevolent, they are something people here have lived with for so long it is difficult for them to take the warnings of the vulcanologists that seriously.

If Merapi does live up to its reputation for dangerous unpredictability, there is still a chance that someone will get hurt.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4994464.stm
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#30898 - 16 Jun 06 04:51 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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NGOs in new plea for Java funds

Agencies say 1.5 million people could be homeless
Six aid organisations have issued a new appeal for funds to help survivors of last month's earthquake in Indonesia.
Relief operations are "hamstrung because of a lack of funds from donors", the agencies said in a joint statement.

David MacDonald of Oxfam said that the scale of the disaster was much greater than originally thought.

The Indonesian government has estimated that up to 1.5 million people have been left homeless.

It puts the number of homes destroyed at 156,964, with another 183,741 homes severely damaged, the statement said. The figure of 1.5 million people is based on an average of five people per house.

"The number of homeless people and extent of the damage is higher than after the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia," said Johan Kieft, emergency response team leader for CARE Indonesia.

'Different scenario'

The statement comes from Oxfam International, Islamic Relief, World Vision, CARE Indonesia, CARDI/IRC and Plan International.

The UN said on 1 June said more than $100m (£54m) would be needed for relief work over the next six months. Only $21m of that had been promised so far, the statement said.

"Donors responded swiftly in the initial stages," says Mr MacDonald, country programme manager for Oxfam Indonesia, "but now we need them to evaluate their commitments to reflect ongoing urgent needs for the basics such as shelter, water and sanitation."

Oxfam spokesman in Yogyakarta Harriet Binet confirmed that estimates of those left homeless had risen dramatically.

"In the early days, there wasn't accurate assessment and evaluation done by appropriate authorities," she told the BBC. This was because officials were focusing on the immediate relief effort, she said.

"We are looking at a totally different scenario now," she said.

More than 5,700 people died in the earthquake that hit central Java province on 27 May, according to the latest Indonesian government estimates.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/5083488.stm
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#30899 - 30 Jun 06 07:28 Re: Yogyakarta Earthquake
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Tsunami funds to help Nias quake victims

Thursday June 29, 10:08 PM

Some of the $1 billion committed by the federal government to help rebuild tsunami-affected Indonesia has been diverted to help earthquake victims in Yogyakarta and Nias.

A report on Australian aid funds says $147 million has been spent to date rebuilding communities in Aceh devastated by the tsunami which hit the region on Boxing Day 2004.

But of the $1 billion in tsunami assistance announced by Prime Minister John Howard on January 5 last year, $63 million has been earmarked for other reconstruction and development purposes.

In a joint statement, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and Treasurer Peter Costello said all of the $1 billion had been allocated, although not all of the money would reach tsunami victims.

"All of these funds have now been allocated to high-priority reconstruction and development activities, both within and beyond tsunami-affected areas," they said.

The ministers said $30 million of the tsunami funds would go towards rebuilding infrastructure around Yogyakarta damaged by the May 27 earthquake which killed 5,800 people.

"This assistance will help restore and rebuild schools, health facilities and housing, as well as assisting people in re-establishing livelihoods," their statement said.

The $30 million for Yogyakarta is on top of the $7.5 million the Australian government has committed in emergency and relief assistance.

Australia will also contribute $33 million towards reconstruction work in Aceh and Nias, comprising $10 million to rebuild roads and schools and $23 million to provide housing.

The federal government and Indonesia established the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Reconstruction and Development (AIPRD) in response to the tsunami.

The ministers used the report's release to announce all Indonesian development assistance would now come under the AIPRD, bringing to $2 billion the amount of Australian aid going to our northern neighbour over five years.

The report praises the efforts to date in restoring infrastructure and services in Aceh.

"Some 18 months after the tsunami the progress of reconstruction is impressive," it says.

"Markets are functioning again, children are back at school, new teachers have been trained, the main hospital and seaport are functioning and village infrastructure and homes are being rebuilt."

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