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Java shaken by quake; 115 deaths reported YOGYAKARTA - A magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook central Java in Indonesia, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its Web site. At least 115 people died, Agence Press-France reported. The quake, centered about 26 kilometers (16 miles) south of Yogyakarta, struck at 5:54 a.m. local time, USGS said. Many houses and buildings collapsed and the tremors were felt in nearby cities as well on the north coast of the island, Agence France-Presse said. No tsunami has been reported from the quake.

At least 15 people died in Yogyakarta and five others were killed in Klaten, 25 kilometers east of Yogyakarta, as houses collapsed from the quake, ElShinta said. Hospitals in the earthquake area are filled with injured people, it said. Telephone lines to the area are out of order.

The airport in Yogyakarta will be closed until 9 p.m. local time because of damage to the runway and other facilities, Indonesia's Transport Minister Hatta Rajasa said on ElShinta radio. All domestic and international flights are being diverted to Solo, about 60 kilometers from Yogyakarta. Trains headed for Yogyakarta have been advised to stop operations for fear of landslides along the way, Rajasa said.

The earthquake struck an area about 40 kilometers north of Mount Merapi, which has been on the brink of an eruption since the authorities raised the alert to its highest level earlier this month. Marapi last erupted in 1994, killing 64 people and displacing 6,000 on Indonesia's most-densely populated island.

Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, has 129 active volcanoes. The nation's 18,000 islands are prone to earthquakes because the country sits along the Pacific Ocean's so-called ``Ring of Fire'' zone of active volcanoes and tectonic faults. The strongest earthquake in 40 years struck the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Dec. 26, 2004, resulting in a tsunami that devastated coastlines in countries including Thailand, Sri Lanka and India, leaving more than 220,000 dead or missing.

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Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2006 06:57 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink

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Quake-proof construction standards 'ignored'

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

In the wake of the tragedy in Yogyakarta, in which thousands died in collapsed houses and buildings, experts warned that earthquake-resistant construction standards must be strengthened to prevent future disasters.

"The number of victims in Bantul and Yogyakarta could have been minimized had they built quake-proof houses," said Surono, a geophysicist at the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center.

As of Monday afternoon the government put the death toll from Saturday's temblor at 5,200 in Yogyakarta and neighboring areas in Central Java. About two-thirds of the deaths occurred in the coastal Bantul regency, south of Yogyakarta.

Surono said Monday the proximity of population centers to the quake's epicenter contributed to the high death toll. Yogyakarta is about 37 kilometers from the epicenter, which was 33 kilometers beneath the sea.

Quake-resistant construction would at least have given people time to get out of houses and buildings before they collapsed, Surono told The Jakarta Post.

Wayan Sengara, an expert from the Department of Civil Engineering at Bandung Institute of Technology, said most houses in Yogyakarta sustained some structural damage in the earthquake, such as collapsed or cracked walls. But many of the more strongly constructed hotels in the city only suffered light damage, like broken windows.

A government decree issued in the 1970s and revised in 2002 requires local governments to follow quake-proof construction standards, which vary according to the different levels of seismic activity in their respective regions.

"Quake-proof construction increases the cost of a building by about 10 to 15 percent," Wayan said.

This extra cost is one reason the standards are often ignored, Wayan said, along with the government's failure to educate the public about the importance of quake-resistant construction. And though there are agencies to supervise building standards, it is thought contractors often get around these standards through bribes.

An expert in structural and earthquake technology at the Public Works Ministry, Suwandojo Siddiq, said pictures of 200 damaged houses in Yogyakarta showed they were all constructed from concrete, while more traditional building materials such as woven bamboo would be harmless in an earthquake.

However, given that concrete is now the preferred building material for houses, he said the best way to make houses quake-resistant was by using steel reinforcements.

"People build houses differently in Sumatra, Java and Kalimantan," Suwandojo said, adding quake-proof construction techniques should be adjusted to different areas of the country.

The director of construction at the Public Works Ministry, Antonius Budiono, said officials from the department traveled to the regions each year to monitor construction standards in different areas of the country and inspect buildings.

"Buildings should be checked every five years," he said.

Antonius said the Jakarta government had done the best job of enforcing construction standards. In 1996 a magnitude 6.0 earthquake resulted in minimal damage to high-rise buildings in the capital. (03)

The best example for quake resistant houses or buildings can be found in Japan. although last time it again went wrong in there



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The local government or anyone who can should advise homeless people or victims to move to relatives of them in other parts of the country or maybe abroad for a while. This might help



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Of course they can advice people to go abroad, but most people can hardl pay for their daily meal, let alone move to another country.



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On 31-05-2006 12:20 kostkar wrote:
The local government or anyone who can should advise homeless people or victims to move to relatives of them in other parts of the country or maybe abroad for a while. This might help


Sorry postkar, but this now typicaly a comment from someone that not live here.

I don't blame you or anything, I have lots of difficulties explaining my friends and family in Holland the situation most of the people live here....

But what you suggest will maybe work for 5% of the people that live around there...And that are the people that allready understand that that is the best thing to do....

Greetz



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Distaster tourism? Read for yourself.





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(Moderated) Posted @ 31 May 2006 17:28

For a comprehensive map where most damage occurred:

www.alertnet.org/thefacts/imag(...)5d772a79def44d_0.jpg

The epicenter was close to Imogiri

Right click --> "save as" to see the details



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Very detailed map that is. Now I can see my house is only less than 25 km away from the epicenter, but it's in the safe zone to the northwest.



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