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New DPR and DPD members officially sworn in The official swearing-in of the new members of the House of Representatives (DPR) and Regional Representatives Council (DPD) and the Peoples Consultative Assembly (MPR), who won the 2014 elections, took place here on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 01 October 2014 19:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to develop trans-Sumatra toll road The Trans-Sumatra Toll Road Development Project will soon commence following the signing of the order by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY).

Posted in Infrastructure @ 19 September 2014 18:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Invalidation of citizenship of those supporting ISIS demanded The Muhammadiyah Youth organization urged the government to declare invalid the citizenship of Indonesians supporting Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). There were 20 Indonesians, former terrorist convicts, had reportedly left for Iraq to join ISIS.

Posted in Religion @ 06 August 2014 10:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


VP visits Bengkulu to observe Pancasila birthday Vice President Boediono visited Bengkulu to observe the birthday of the state Pancasila ideology in the province and to tour a number of historic places where President Soekarno was once exiled.

Posted in General @ 01 June 2014 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Citilink denies planning to acquire Tiger Air Mandala Low-cost airlines Citilink Indonesia had denied speculations that it will acquire Tiger Air Mandala, saying that an acquisition is a complex process. The statement of the Citilink CEO also clarified several news reports about the preparedness of the airline company to acquire Tiger Air Mandala.

Posted in Travel @ 30 April 2014 16:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Detachment 88 foils bomb package smuggling attempt Polices Anti-terror Special Detachment, Detachment 88, is reported to have foiled a bomb package smuggling attempt that was sent via freight services from Surabaya to Makassar.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 March 2014 18:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least Rp2 trillion needed to repair battered roads At least Rp2.12 trillion would be needed for the repair of roads battered by heavy flooding and landslides all over the Indonesia. The cost is for emergency repairs around Rp510.32 billion and permanent repairs around Rp1.517 trillion, highway construction director general Djoko Murjanto said here.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 30 January 2014 10:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


3,500 police officers to be deployed at flood-hit areas The Police Headquarters will deploy 3,500 police officers at several areas in Indonesian that have been hit by floods, landslides, and volcano eruption. "The 3,500 policemen are from the Police Headquarters and Mobile Brigade," Commissioner General Badrodin Haiti, the head of the Police Headquarters Security and Maintenance Departement, stated here on Wednesday.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 January 2014 17:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Magnitude 5.5 quake hits West Sumatra An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale jolted West Sumatra province at 12.43 pm on Wednesday, according to Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 August 2013 17:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


297 hotspots for forest fires detected in Riau The Terra and Aqua satellite has detected 297 hotspots for forest fires throughout the Riau Province, according to the Pekanbaru meteorological, climatology, and geophysics station (BMKG).

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 August 2013 13:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Magnitude 6.1 quake hits Mentawai A magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit Pagai Selatan in the district of Mentawai islands, Sumatra, at 12.05 pm on Saturday. "The epicenter of the quake was 36 kilometer deep in the sea, 149 kilometers southeast of Mentawai islands, West Sumatra, or 164 kilometers southwest of Muko-Muko, Bengkulu, or 184 kilometers southwest of Sungai Penuh, Jambi," the spokesman of the Natural Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Sutopo Purwo Nuegroho, said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 July 2013 17:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Number of Sumatra's fire hot spots increases to 227 The number of hot spots from forest and plantation fires across Sumatra increased from 118 to 227 on Sunday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 24 June 2013 12:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police detain three students protesting fuel price hike Police in Bengkulu city on Monday detained three students protesting against the government`s plan to raise the prices of subsidized fuels.

Posted in Protests @ 17 June 2013 18:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BNPB to install tsunami early warning sirens in Bengkulu The Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) is to install six tsunami early warning sirens in six districts of Bengkulu, an official said. The sirens installment is a part of the tsunami shelter development program which will cost around Rp68 billion (6.8 million US dollar).

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 June 2013 20:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslides trapped cars in Bengkulu highway Rain-triggered landslides blocked and trapped a number of cars and motorcycles along a highway between the districts of Bengkulu Utara and Lebong.

Posted in Accidents @ 20 May 2013 10:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal immigrants from Iran detained in Bali`s hotels At least 95 illegal immigrants from Iran arrested in the sea off Benoa, Bali, on Sunday , have been detained in a number of hotels in this province. "No more place in our detention houses for the newly arrested illegal immigrants ," Head of the Denpasar Immigration Service Bambang Wisnu Wardana said here on Monday.

Posted in General @ 13 May 2013 18:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Total solar eclipse will occur on may 9-10 The Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has predicted a total solar eclipse that will occur on May 9-10, 2013.

Posted in General @ 03 May 2013 15:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


120 Sri Lankan immigrants refuse to return to their country Some 120 Sri Lankan immigrants stranded in the waters off the west coast of Sumatra island have refused to return to their social conflict-, civil war-affected homeland, a spokesman said.

Posted in General @ 31 March 2013 13:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Boat carrying Sri Lankan immigrants stranded in Mukomuko A boat with 120 Sri Lankan immigrants on board was stranded at sea around four kilometers off Air Rami Sub District, Mukomuko, Bengkulu Province, on Thursday. The boat ran out of fuel while sailing toward Australia, Jhoni Adi, the secretary of the Air Rami rural administration, said here on Friday.

Posted in General @ 29 March 2013 14:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


5.8-magnitude earthquake jolts Southwest Bengkulu An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale jolted Seluma (southwest), Bengkulu, at 3.46pm on Tuesday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 December 2012 04:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rabies cases growing in Bengkulu Bengkulu recorded growing number of cases of rabies, the city agriculture and animal husbandry office said. So far this year, 10 people were bitten by dogs and cats positively infected with the disease, Head of the Bengkulu Farm and Animal Husbandry Office Arif Gunadi said here Friday.

Posted in Health @ 14 December 2012 12:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods affect over 180 houses in Mukomuko At least 180 houses were flooded in the Pondok Batu village of the Mukomuko District on Monday, following incessant heavy rains on Saturday and Sunday. A total of 210 families were affected by the floods, said Syahrinal, Pondok Batu's Village Chief, on Monday.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 December 2012 18:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One more former legislator nabbed as law fugitive in Bekasi A special intelligence team of theAattorney General Office has succeeded in tracking down and arresting another former Bengkulu regional legislator as law fugitive.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 October 2012 11:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President asked to fire police chief A group of community leaders have urged President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to step in to settle conflicts between police and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Posted in Corruption @ 06 October 2012 09:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Magnitude 5.4 earthquake jolts south Bengkulu An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale jolted southern part of Bengkulu at 10.09 on Tuesday morning, Kotabumi Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) spokesman Chrismanto said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 21 August 2012 11:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mukomuko braced for powerful earthquake The Mukomuko district of Bengkulu province is likely to have a powerful earthquake and a devastating tsunami any moment, according to Mukomuko district head Ichwan Yunus.

Posted in Earthquake @ 22 June 2012 16:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'West Aceh needs more sirens for tsunami warning system' Chief of Aceh Disaster Mitigation Agency Teuku Ahmad Dadek said West Aceh district needs more sirens for tsunami early warning system in the area.

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 April 2012 02:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


30,000 ancient Chinese coins found in Bengkulu Local residents in Central Bengkulu district, Bengkulu province, Sumatra Island, found a jar containing ancient Chinese bronze coins that might date back 300 to 600 years, according to an official here Tuesday.

Posted in History @ 03 April 2012 14:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Merpati Nusantara opens several new routes Indonesian airliner Merpati Nusantara has opened a number of new routes. With these new routes, the airline is to compete more directly with fast-growing Lion Air which operate many flights to smaller destinations with their daugher-company Wings Air.

Posted in Travel @ 08 March 2012 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US satellite detects 61 hot spots in Sumatra The US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) has detected 61 hot spots on Sumatra Island, according to the Ketaping Padang meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency (BMKG).

Posted in Environment @ 22 January 2012 01:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Facebook blamed for higher divorce rate The social networking service Facebook has become quite popular in Indonesia but it is now believed to be a factor contributing to a rapid increase in the divorce rate, a local religious court official said.

Posted in Culture @ 21 January 2012 06:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven-meter-long python caught by local residents Local residents of Bengkulu, a province in Sumatra Island, have caught a python that was seven meters long with a body diameter of 25 centimeters.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 20 January 2012 01:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Earthquake jolts Bengkulu, West Sumatra An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale jolted Bengkulu early Wednesday morning at 00.43, awakening the people who were sleeping soundly to scramble out of their houses in panic.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 November 2011 04:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Land acquisition hampers Bengkulu runway extension Land acquisition problem still hampering the extension of Fatmawati airport`s runway in Bengkulu, airport spokesman Syamsul Bandri said here on Monday.

Posted in Travel @ 07 November 2011 09:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bus plunges into river; 16 dead At least 16 people died after a passenger bus carrying 65 people plunged into a river in the island of Sumatra in Indonesia, officials said Monday.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 June 2011 16:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One more strong earthquake off Sumatra A strong earthquake struck off Southwestern Sumatra in Indonesia on early Monday morning, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties and no tsunami alert was issued.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2011 00:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong 6.5 magnitude quake hits off Southern Sumatra A strong earthquake struck off Southern Sumatra in Indonesia on early Tuesday morning, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 January 2011 21:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian governor indicted on corruption charges A governor of Bengkulu province on Sumatra in Indonesia was indicted on Monday on corruption charges involving over $2 million, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 January 2011 19:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Statistics: AIDS in Indonesia Incidence, prevalence rates, and other statistics on AIDS in Indonesia, with Papua province being the worst affected. Figures are as provided by the Department of Health up to June 30th 2010.

Posted in Health @ 03 December 2010 02:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Graft suspect re-installed as Bengkulu governor Incumbent Bengkulu Governor Agusrin Maryono Najamudin will be sworn in for a second term Monday despite his status as graft suspect. Agusrin, who is from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party, will be installed along with running mate Junaidi Hamzah before members of the Bengkulu Legislative Council.

Posted in Corruption @ 29 November 2010 02:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Riverside area threatened by volcanic mudflows The rainy season in Yogyakarta may climax in late December. People living on the river banks of Code River may be affected by volcanic mudflows due to high precipitation.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 November 2010 10:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No damage after 6.3 magnitude quake hits Bengkulu An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 on the Richter Scale has hit the area of Bengkulu last night at 23:29 local time (16:29 GMT). The quake was not strong enough to cause a tsunami and took place at a depth of some ten kilometers under the sea surface at a distance of 151 kilometers southwest of the city of Bengkulu.

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 May 2010 01:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Be aware of possible heavy earthquake Bengkulu' The Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics Agency BMKG has advised the residents of Bengkulu province in West Sumatra to be aware of a possible earthquake. After the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Aceh last week it might very well be possible that there will be another sudden move in the area, according the agency.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 April 2010 03:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blackout prevents Lion Air from landing A Lion Air commercial plane failed to land at Fatmawati Soekarno Airport in Bengkulu on Friday evening due to a blackout that affected the facility, Antara reported. The aircraft hovered above the airport for a while before it flew back to Jakarta as the airport was too dark to land.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 13 March 2010 02:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Increased activity for Mount Kaba volcano in Bengkulu In recent weeks, the Kaba volcano in the province of Bengkulu, West Sumatra, has showed an increase in activity. At a number of places there are signs of increased volcanic activity visible. A number of new cone-shaped piles of volcanic material has formed and the volcano is also exhausting small plumes of white smoke.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 21 October 2009 12:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


7.0 magnitude earthquake shakes Bengkulu In a separate event, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7,0 on the Richter Scale has his the Bengkulu area of West Sumatra earlier his morning. The worst hit area's were Jambi and Bengkulu The earthquake struck at 09:31 local time (GMT +7) and was located at 54 kilometers away from Muko-Muko in Bengkulu. De quake was localized at a depth of ten kilometers.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 October 2009 06:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prison sentences cut ahead of Independence Day Authorities in Bengkulu reduced prison terms for over 660 convicts in three penitentiary and one detention facility in the province on Monday to mark the 64th Independence day of Indonesia. Head of the Rehabilitaion Unit of the Law and Human Rights Offices, Grand Sjahputra, told Thursday that 44 of the 668 convicts received term reductions were directly released as their term ended with the reduction.

Posted in Crime @ 13 August 2009 11:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Coal truck drivers on strike in Bengkulu Around 120 truck drivers that normally transport coal in the city of Bengkulu have gone on strike. They also parked their trucks in front of the house of the mayor of Bengkulu. The protesters demand to have a meeting with the mayor. Until then they will not transport coal from the Pulai Baai mooring place anymore. Local residents have stopped trucks from using main roads in the city because they are blamed for the bad roads.

Posted in Protests @ 03 August 2009 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake strikes off western Sumatra An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted waters off Bengkulu Province of Sumatra island in western parts of Indonesia on Monday morning, Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said here. The quake struck at 6:10 a.m. local time time (2310 GMT) with epicenter at 73 km southwest Bintuhan of Bengkulu Province and at 57 km under sea bed, an official of the Geophysical and Meteorological Agency BMKG, Hendra Rahman, told.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 July 2009 02:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two rare Sumatran elephants killed Two Sumatran elephants have been shot and killed in Indonesia's Bengkulu province, a conservation official said Tuesday. The elephants were killed last week in the Kerinci Seblat National Park, said Dudy Wuryanto, head of the nature conservation agency in the neighbouring province of Jambi. He said the motive for the killings was unclear.

Posted in General @ 31 March 2009 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Magnitude 5.9 quake recorded west off Sumatra island The US Geological Survey reported the quake was centered 135 km west of Bengkulu on Sumatra, at 02.49 local time on Wednesday (19:49 GMT on Tuesday). It was 10 km deep. There was no immediate tsunami warning and the quake was unlikely to trigger one at that magnitude. The earthquake was initially reported at magnitude 6.2 and later verified at 5.9.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 December 2008 03:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake strikes off western Sumatra A strong earthquake struck off the western coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra late Saturday. There were no immediate reports of injury and structural damage, seismologists said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 23 November 2008 01:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


High waves forecasted for Merauke waters The Meteorological and Geophysical Institute BMG has predicted that waves with heights up to four meters will occur in the seas south of Merauke. Waves this high are dangerous to all kinds of vessels. Based on forecasts from BMG, high waves with heights between three and four meters will also occur in the Arafuru Sea. The conditions are dangerous enough for any passing vessel like freighters, ferries and fishing boats.

Posted in Weather @ 08 June 2008 03:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two moderate earthquakes hit western Indonesia Two earthquakes measuring 5.5 and 5.6 respectively on the Richter scale rocked Sumatra and Java Islands in western Indonesia on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualty, Indonesian meteorology and disaster management agencies said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 April 2008 03:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake hits Bengkulu A strong earthquake with the magnitude of 6.1 rocked Bengkulu province of Sumatra Island, Indonesia on Wednesday afternoon, according to Indonesia's meteorology agency. The quake struck at 15:48 p.m. local time (GMT+7) with the epicenter at 67 km southeast Bengkulu town, capital of Bengkulu province and at 31 km under sea bed without potential of tsunami, a text message from the agency said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 April 2008 13:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No tsunami after heavy 7.3 Sumatra earthquake Indonesia lifted a tsunami alert issued after a powerful 7.2-magnitude quake struck off the west coast of Sumatra island on Monday, the geophysics and meteorological agency said. "The tsunami warning has ended after the 7.2-magnitude quake," the agency said in a text message.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 February 2008 10:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Panic after 6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes western Sumatra A strong earthquake struck the western coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island Sunday morning, but there were no immediate reports of damage and structural damage, seismologists said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 November 2007 07:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatra prepares after psychic 'predicts 8.5 magnitude quake' Officials in the province of Bengkulu in western Sumatra said on Monday that they were taking precautionary measures after a psychic from Brazil warned that a powerful earthquake was to strike the area next month. Husni Hassanuddin, a spokesman for the province, said that the Indonesian embassy in Brazil had sent a letter from a 'professor' predicting that an earthquake would strike the island on December 23.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 November 2007 02:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake hits off Sumatra island A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 on the Richter Scale has struck off the island of Sumatra. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. A tsunami-alert was issued briefly as well. The US Geological Survey said that the quake took place 135 kilometer southwest of Bengkulu, where people woke up from their sleeps early on Thursday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 October 2007 03:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No tsunami after 6.4 quake off Sumatra coast A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 on the Richter Scale struck west of the island of Sumatra earlier today, which caused an automatic tsunami alert which was soon withdrawn. The earthquake struck some 160 kilometers off the coast of Bengkulu according to BMG, the Meteorological and Geophysics Agency.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 October 2007 14:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New 6.7 quake strikes off western Sumatra An earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter Scale jolted West Sumatra on Thursday, striking in the same area as last week's powerful tremor, Indonesia's meteorology agency said. The earthquake took place at 15:31 local time (08:31 GMT) at a depth of 76 kilometers. According to BMG, there was no danger of a tsunami, so no alert was issued as well.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 September 2007 11:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong quakes boost seismic activities in Sumatra The 7.9-magnitude earthquake in Bengkulu province of Sumatra Island last week has triggered the rise of seismic activities of three volcanoes in the area, but they all still calm now, the Indonesian Volcanology and Mitigation Center said on Monday. The earthquake with the epicenter located in waters off western Sumatra was followed by a string of tremors with magnitudes ranging from four to more than seven. Scores of tsunami warning were issued.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 September 2007 16:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatra quake toll rises to 17 dead, 88 injured The death toll from a number of heavy earthquakes off the island of Sumatra has risen to 17. 88 other people were injured according to an official with the Health Ministry. The main quake, with a magnitude of 8.4 on the Richter Scale, which struck off the western coast of Sumatra on Wednesday evening, was followed by at least 40 big aftershocks and four tsunami warnings, which were subsequently withdrawn.

Posted in Earthquake @ 15 September 2007 14:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


West Sumatra struck by fourth earthquake Indonesia has cancelled a tsunami alert triggered by that sprawling nation's fourth earthquake in about 24 hours. The fourth quake occurred in Sumatra, about 121 kilometres northeast of Lais Bengkulu at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers. The latest quake measured 6.8 on the Richter scale.

Posted in Earthquake @ 14 September 2007 09:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands homeless after earthquakes strike West Sumatra A number of earthquakes that struck the area west of Padang and Bengkulu in the last two days has caused at least ten deaths, two in the city of Bengkulu, five in Mukomuko district and three in North Bengkulu district. The death toll was lower than first feared after it became clear that the earthquakes were not as destructive on land as first thought. Also there was no tsunami, however there were tsunami-alerts issued three times during the series of earthquakes.

Posted in Earthquake @ 14 September 2007 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


7.8 quake hits Mentawai region, third tsunami alert issued An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale shook the Mentawai region, an island group off the west coast of Sumatra. This earthquake took place at 06:49 local time (23:49 GMT) and is the second large earthquake in the area in less than 24 hours. The earthquake is one of many shocks that hit the area after an earthquake at sunset yesterday evening, which now thought to be a 8.4 on the Richter Scale, upgraded from a 8.2 earlier.

Posted in Earthquake @ 13 September 2007 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Second tsunami alert issued by Indonesia after smaller quake Indonesia issued a second tsunami alert Wednesday after a 6.6-magnitude aftershock struck off the west coast of Sumatra following a massive quake hours earlier, the meteorology agency said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 September 2007 17:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Electricity, communication facilities paralyzed after earthquake Electricity and communication in the province of Bengkulu and neighboring provinces were paralyzed for big parts after an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.2 on the Richter Scale struck off the coast. This information comes from disaster management agencies at the scene. "Electricity and telecommunication were broken earlier this evening," told Firman Khairuyusuf, an official of the agency.

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 September 2007 15:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Damage after 8.2 earthquake near Bengkulu Indonesian media reports that there is damage in several cities in the southern part of Sumatra island after an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.2 hit just off the coast near the city of Bengkulu. Eyewitnesses in Padang and Bengkulu report that some buildings have collapsed during the quake. They also reported that the quake lasted pretty long.

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 September 2007 15:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


8.2 earthquake strikes near Bengkulu off Sumatra island A powerful earthquake hit Indonesia on Wednesday, causing buildings to sway strongly in the capital, and authorities issued a tsunami warning for much of the Indian Ocean region. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 8.2 and hit at about 6:10 p.m. It was centered 9.7 miles underground in the southern Sumatra area, the USGS said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 September 2007 14:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Damage as high tidal waves hit Indonesian islands High tidal waves - not tsunami's - have struck many coastlines across the western part of Indonesia, forcing hundreds out of their homes after water destroyed property. On the island of Bali, tourists were warned to stay away from main beaches in Kuta. In nearby Jimbaran, fishing boats were damaged.

Posted in Environment @ 18 May 2007 12:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Experts worried over seismic trends Experts in Indonesia are worried that after the huge earthquake off the coast of Aceh in December 2004 - which was the world's strongest in the last 40 years - the center of seismic activity is gradually moving to the southeast, in the direction of Jakarta, where millions of people live. "We think that the next quake may take place in the Jambi Province but do not want to publicize this for fear of causing panic," said a source from the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) told after the earthquakes in West Sumatra.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 April 2007 08:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Starbucks denies coffee report, Nestle says sorry Giant multinational coffee-shop chain Starbucks denied a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) allegation Thursday that it purchased illegally-planted coffee in Lampung province, while Switzerland-based food producer Nestle said it regretted buying the beans. Ratih Gianda, head of investor relations for PT Mitra Adi Perkasa, Starbucks' Indonesian partner, said in a written statement sent to The Jakarta Post that the WWF report alleging that Starbucks had bought illegally-planted coffee from the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park in southern Sumatra was inaccurate.

Posted in Environment @ 19 January 2007 10:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatra: Another killer tsunami looms Scientists predict a repeat of the deadly 2004 Boxing Day tsunami that killed more than 280,000 lives. Their warnings gained added weight with a fresh earthquake that killed seven and injured 100 more when it struck Sumatra on Monday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 24 December 2006 14:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Train plunges into river, killing 8 in Indonesia A train carriage derailed and plunged into a river in Indonesia's Bengkulu province Monday morning, killing at least eight passengers and injuring 26 others. The ill-fated carriage was the last of the six carriages of the economy-class Salero train, which just departed and traveled only six km from a station in Lubuk Linggau regency, about 600 km northwest of Jakarta, reported the national Antara news agency. The evacuation process involving policemen and soldiers is underway.

Posted in Accidents @ 20 November 2006 14:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Study: Sumatra quake could be set to rumble again The fault that caused the devastating earthquake in Indonesia in December 2004 and the destructive tsunami that followed could still cause some big ruptures, U.S. researchers said on Thursday. Analysis of the damage of a quake that followed in the same area three months later shows potential for large movements south of the 2004 and 2005 ruptures, Richard Briggs and Kerry Sieh of the California Institute of Technology said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 March 2006 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Magnitute 6.6 earthquake recorded off Sumatra An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale rocked parts of Indonesia's Sumatra island today but there were no reports of casualties or damage, seismologists said. The quake struck at 8:08 am (0108 GMT), with the epicentre in the Indian Ocean about 400 kilometers west of Jakarta, said Taufik Gunawan of the National Metereology and Geophysics Agency.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 May 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to launch tender for 22 oil and gas blocks this month The government plans to launch the tender for 22 oil and gas blocks in the third week of this month following an earlier delay, Koran Tempo reported, quoting an official at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. It quoted the ministry's director for exploration Novian Thayib as saying that the tender will include two producing oil and gas blocks whose contracts have expired.

Posted in Economy @ 04 May 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bengkulu mayor goes on trial for corruption Under tight security, the Bengkulu District Court in Sumatra island commenced the trial on Tuesday of the city's mayor, Chalik Effendi, on corruption charges. During the first day's hearing, which was presided over by Aljaman Sutoko, prosecutors charged Chalik with directly appointing companies to 19 projects worth Rp 7.6 billion, instead of holding open tenders.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bengkulu mayor suspected of embezzling $2 million An Indonesian mayor was named as a suspect in the embezzlement of Rp18 billion ($1.98 million) in state funds on Friday in the latest case of alleged corruption involving top officials. Chalik Effendi, mayor of Bengkulu town in Bengkulu province, Sumatra island, is suspected of issuing an illegal tender for 52 state-funded development projects, said district chief prosecutor Rusdi Taher.

Posted in Crime @ 29 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


[update] S. Sumatra shaken by 7.2 earthquake Location map of the 7.2 quakeA major earthquake occurred at 14:35:18 (UTC) on Sunday, July 25, 2004. The magnitude 7.2 event has been located in SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.) This according to USGS.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quakes hit Bali & Bengkulu Two successive earthquakes measuring 6.0 and 5.0 on the Richter scale rattled Indonesia's Sumatra island and Bali overnight but there were no reports of damage or casualties, officials said Saturday. The first quake, measuring at 6.0 on the Richter scale, occurred at 9:21pm local time on Friday in Bengkulu province and caused panic among residents.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPU axes more firms for missing ballot quota With polling day on April 5 being only two weeks away, more companies have been identified as having failed to print their ballot paper allotments on schedule. General Elections Commission (KPU) chairman Nazaruddin Sjamsuddin said on Monday the commission had taken back 127 film templates from Madju Medan Cipta, and others from the Manado-based Metro Post in North Sulawesi and the State Printing Company (PNRI) on Sunday, due to the firms' failures to print sufficient ballot papers for regental and municipal legislative council elections.

Posted in Elections @ 23 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Millions of ballots damaged Here come the ballot papers: A few million are damaged, thousands contain mistakes or are missing and millions more have yet to arrive. With the legislative election just 17 days away, President Megawati Soekarnoputri is now voicing fears about whether the poll will run smoothly, while the General Elections Commission (KPU) continues to assure the public things are under control.

Posted in Elections @ 19 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake hits Sumatra A strong earthquake shook the Indonesian island of Sumatra today for the second time this month, leaving houses damaged, an official said. The quake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale was felt strongly in the city of Padang in West Sumatra province and Bengkulu province, said Rachmat of the National Seismology Centre. The tremor occurred at 1.46 pm (1746 AEDT).

Posted in Earthquake @ 22 February 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


House approves creation of 24 new regencies A plenary meeting of the House of Representatives endorsed on Thursday 13 bills on the creation of 24 new regencies in 13 provinces into law. The 24 regencies approved include Kolaka Utara, Kolaka Utara, Bombana and Wakatobi in the province of Southeast Sulawesi, Sumbawa Barat (West Nusa Tenggara) and Lingga (Riau). Also, are Tojo Una-una (Central Sulawesi), Melawai and Sekadau (West Kalimantan), Minahasa Utara (North Sulawesi), and Supiori (Papua).

Posted in Politics @ 20 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake jolts Bengkulu An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale jolted Bengkulu province on Sumatra Island at 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday but there were no immediate reports of casualties. Head of the Kehahyang geophysics office in Bengkulu, Armien Paimin, said on Wednesday that the tremor's epicenter was located in the Indian Ocean 105 kilometers southwest of Bengkulu at a depth of 33 kilometers.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 November 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake rocks Sulawesi An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale rocked the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Sunday causing some damage to property, but there were no reports of casualties, the office of Meteorology and Geophysics said. The quake, which hit at 7:00 a.m (2300 GMT), had its epicentre in the sea around 90 km (55 miles) northwest of the northern Sulawesi town of Toli-Toli, it said in a statement.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1 dead, 33 missing after boat sinks One man was confirmed dead and 33 other people are still missing five days after their boat sank in rough seas off the west coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, a navy officer said Monday.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Demonstrators continue to hit a number of cities Thousands of people, mostly students, took to the streets in at least four cities on Friday, with divided calls. Thousands of supporters and critics of President Abdurrahman Wahid staged rallies close to the presidential palace, with anti-Abdurrahman demonstrators outnumbering those who supported him.

Posted in Protests @ 09 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll in Bengkulu rises to 85 The death toll in the powerful earthquake that shook Bengkulu on Sunday has reached 85, while more humanitarian aid has poured in from other provinces and foreign countries.Iskandar Ramis, coordinator of the search and rescue team, said his team, along with the police and local people, unearthed on Wednesday 21 more corpses from the debris in North and South Bengkulu amid heavy rain.

Posted in Earthquake @ 08 June 2000 09:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 58 killed in Bengkulu quake A massive earthquake measuring up to 7.9 on the Richter scale and scores of aftershocks shook Bengkulu on Sumatra island, killing at least 58 people and leaving hundreds injured, officials and medical staff said on Monday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 June 2000 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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