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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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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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Quake hits Indonesia's Yogyakarta, some casualties

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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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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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