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Malaysian ship discovers AirAsia victim`s body and luggage A Malaysian ship involved in evacuation operations recovered a body and luggage believed to be of the victim of AirAsia flight QZ8501 carrying 162 people from Surabaya to Singapore, which disappeared on Sunday (Dec. 28).

Posted in Accidents @ 01 January 2015 19:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


732 Sinabung evacuees refuse to return home As many as 732 evacuees from Mount Sinabungs eruption in Karo district, North Sumatra, refused to leave the disaster command post at Telagah village in Langkat district on Wednesday. "We refuse to return to our villages unless we do that together," coordinator of evacuees Indra stated.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 March 2014 17:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


18,000 evacuees Mount Sinabung eruption still in shelter Many evacuees from the Mount Sinabung eruptions in North Sumatras Karo district have returned home, with nearly 18 thousand of them still taking shelter as of Saturday, a spokesman said on Sunday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 23 February 2014 14:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Satellite detects 81 hotspots in Riau The Terra and Aqua satellite detected 81 hotspots of forest, plantation and peat land fires in Riau Province on Monday afternoon.

Posted in Forest fires @ 18 February 2014 10:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


30 thousand residents displaced by flood in Jakarta At least 30,784 residents have been displaced by floods in Jakarta caused by incessant rain for the last several days, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) stated on Sunday.

Posted in Flooding @ 19 January 2014 17:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President extends aid to flood victims in North Sulawesi President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has extended emergency aid such as foods and medicines to people affected by floods in North Sulawesi provincial cities of Manado, Tomohon and Minahasa district.

Posted in Flooding @ 17 January 2014 23:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


16 killed in North Sulawesi floods and landslides At least 16 people fell victim to Wednesdays floods and landslides in Indonesias North Sulawesi province. On Thursday, Head of the North Sulawesi Provincial Disaster Mitigation Board (BPBD) Noldy Liow stated that 15 bodies were recovered and one was still missing.

Posted in Flooding @ 16 January 2014 22:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


40.000 displaced by flood-landslide in North Sulawesi At least 40 thousand residents have been displaced by flash floods and landslides in the North Sulawesi region, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) stated on Thursday. Head of Information Center of BNPB Sutopo Purwo Nugroho stated in a press release, on Thursday that floods hit six districts in North Sulawesi, namely Manado, North Minahasa, Tomohon, Minahasa, South Minahasa and Sangihe Islands.

Posted in Flooding @ 16 January 2014 13:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sinabung eruption isolates villages in Karo A number of villages in Namanteran Subdistrict, Karo District, North Sumatra, are now isolated as vehicles are hampered to reach the areas due to volcanic ash from Mount Sinabung eruption that blocks access roads.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 January 2014 15:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sinabung volcano keeps on erupting heavily Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra has remained dangerous as eruptions continued to be recorded at 106 times in the past two days.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 January 2014 18:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sinabung volcano erupts over 30 times An Indonesian volcano that has erupted relentlessly for months shot volcanic ash into the air 30 times on Saturday, forcing further evacuations with more than 20,000 people now displaced, an official said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 January 2014 15:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More tourists visit Komodo National Park in 2013 The town of Labuan Bajo, the entry point to Komodo island, in East Nusa Tenggara, has seen a steady influx of domestic and foreign tourists, following the inclusion of the Komodo National Park in the New7Wonders of Nature.

Posted in Tourism @ 30 December 2013 17:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods still affect six villages in Purworejo Floods still affected six villages in Central Javas Purworejo district on Sunday, a spokesman said. The six affected villages are Kedungmulyo, Mangunjayan, and Sidomulyo in Butuh sub-district, and Rowodadi, Bendungan, and Trimulyo in Grabag sub-district.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 December 2013 21:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


All flights must avoid route on Mount Sinabung The Ministry of Transportation has urged all flights to avoid routes on Mount Sinabung which erupted on Sunday in Karo District, North Sumatra.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 November 2013 16:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Disaster agency to control rainfall end of this year The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) will control the level of rainfall in Jakarta between December and March to avert a flood, said BNPB`s Head of Public Relation and Information Center Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Posted in Weather @ 11 October 2013 15:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mountt Rokatenda in East Nusa Tengara erupts Mount Rokatenda in Palue island, East Nusa Tenggara province, erupted early Saturday, spewing ash onto a number of villages on the island. The eruption, which occurred at nearly 01.00 a.m., also was accompanied by earthquakes, local resident Bertolomeus Pelle said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 August 2013 18:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine choppers readied to put out land fires The National Disaster Mitigation Body (BNPB) has again readied nine helicopters to put out land and forest fires in Riau province.

Posted in Forest fires @ 24 July 2013 21:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Agency: 'Dieng`s volcanic tremors still taking place' The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said deep and shallow volcanic tremors still continued to take place in Mount Dieng, in Sumberejo village, Banjarnegara disrtrict, Central Java, on Tuesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 02 April 2013 20:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tangkuban Parahu volcano suddenly erupts The Mount Tangkuban Parahu volcano, north of the large city of Bandung, has erupted earlier today. The eruption was clearly visible this time. The volcano has been increasinly active since the start of this year and earlier showed signs of being in eruption, but those were only visible with sensitive instruments.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 March 2013 12:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta warmed by morning sun after severe flooding The people of Jakarta terrorized by big floods on Thursday and Friday may breathe a sigh of relief when weather forecasters said there was no signs of a repeat of Thursday`s disastrous flooding at least for Saturday.

Posted in Flooding @ 19 January 2013 09:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta in state of emergency following flood Jakarta`s Governor Joko Widodo here on Thursday announced the capital city is in the state of emergency following flood that hit most of its areas since Wednesday (Jan 16).

Posted in Flooding @ 17 January 2013 15:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lapan: 'Extreme weather conditions occurring in Indonesia' Indonesia`s National Aviation and Space Board (Lapan) said people may experience extreme weather conditions until mid-January as Indonesia`s skies continue to be covered by thick clouds.

Posted in Weather @ 09 January 2013 14:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Whirlwinds strike S Sulawesi`s villages, killing one Whirlwinds hit 11 sub districts in Pinrang District, South Sulawesi Province, on Monday evening, killing one person and injuring another, an official said.

Posted in Weather @ 08 January 2013 14:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Climber found dead during New Year celebrations One climber was found dead and another in critical condition during New Year celebrations at the peak of Mount Sindoro in Temanggung district, Central Java province, on Tuesday, according to a rescue worker.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 January 2013 21:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to operate unmanned aircraft Indonesia plans to operate unmanned aircraft in 2013, manufactured by the Agency for Technology Assessment and Application (BPPT), according to minister of research and technology Gusti Muhammad Hatta.

Posted in Military @ 30 December 2012 19:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Disasters to be expected in Indonesia in 2013 The number of whirlwinds that hit Indonesia last year was 28 times higher than that of the year 2002 due to the impact of global warming, according National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Posted in General @ 24 December 2012 03:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kerinci spews thick smoke Mount Kerinci in Jambi province sent thick smoke up to 200 meters into the sky over the past few days, causing anxiety to residents living on the volcano`s slope. "The volcano had normal activity earlier. No thick smoke spewed from its crater," Syaipul, a resident of Kayu Aro village, said on Sunday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 December 2012 00:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BMKG: Heat in Bali will end in November The hot weather which Bali has experienced over the past few months is expected to end in November, according to the Bali branch of the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

Posted in Weather @ 03 November 2012 18:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Damage to mangrove caused by highway construction to be repaired The contractors building the toll road connecting Benoa Ė Ngurah Rai Airport Ė Nusa Dua (JDP) have publicly affirmed that they will repair any damage caused to the mangrove forest by the project.The contractors making the pledge are PT Wijaya Karya, PT Adhi Karya and PT Hutama Karya.

Posted in Environment @ 01 October 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


E Nusa Tenggara braving for severe sun heat The people in East Nusa Tenggara are braving for scorching air temperature forecast to reach as high as 38 degrees Celsius next month.

Posted in Weather @ 24 September 2012 12:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Baliís wet season due in October Bali Daily reports that the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) is signaling that Baliís rainy season commence in October.The BMKG is sending the additional warning that residents in Bali should be on the alert for the potential of landslides, floods and whirlwinds.

Posted in Weather @ 24 September 2012 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Anak Krakatau still on alert status Mount Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait is still on level II alert, according to an observation officer. "We have asked all tourists and fishermen to stay away from the volcano because it could endanger the safety of their lives," Mount Anak Krakatau Observation Post officer Jumono said on Friday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 September 2012 14:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Gamalama volcano erupts again Mount Gamalama erupted again here on Friday at 15.45 local time causing panic among the local people. Chief of Volcano Observation Unit for the eastern part of Indonesia Kristianto said the volcano spewed a dark thick cloud that rose to a height of 1,000 meters.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 24 December 2011 10:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Lokon in Indonesia's Sulawesi erupts again Indonesia's Mount Lokon erupted again on Wednesday afternoon after showing increased volcanic activity since the day before, officials said on Thursday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 October 2011 19:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pays $28.5 million debt through forest protection The government of Indonesia on Monday agreed to pay the United States $28.5 million in debt by protecting its own rich forests which are continuously threatened by illegal logging.

Posted in Environment @ 04 October 2011 02:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Lokon erupted again this morning The Mount Lokon volcano in North Sulawesi province has erupted again this morning at 07:58 local time (00:58 GMT). The volcano now emitted an amount of ash into the sky with heights up to 200 meters. This eruption is seen as a small one.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 September 2011 06:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Marapi in West Sumatra emits smoke The Mount Marapi volcano in West Sumatra - not to be confused with the Mount Merapi volcano in Central Java - has emitted some clouds of smoke yesterday. This happened between 9 and 10 in the morning local time. The alert status for the volcano was already on level two on a scale of four and hiking to the summit of the volcano has also been banned.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 29 August 2011 08:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Higher alert-status for Anak Ranakah volcano on Flores The Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics Agency BMKG has announced that it has raised the alert status for the Anak Ranakah volcano in the district of Manggarai on the island of Flores in southeastern Indonesia. The status is now two out of scale of four. The 2,247 meter high volcano almost continuously emits a small plume of white smoke, but now the activity inside the volcano has also increased.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 28 August 2011 10:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: Over 5,000 return home after Mount Lokon eruptions Over 5,000 evacuated residents following the eruptions in Indonesia's Mount Lokon, which is located on the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, have begun returning to their homes, officials said on Monday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 25 July 2011 16:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two fresh eruptions at Indonesia's Mount Lokon Indonesia's Mount Lokon, which is located on the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, on Monday erupted twice, as thousands of residents have been forced to evacuate the area, officials said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 July 2011 19:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: Over 2,000 evacuated in Mount Lokon eruption Over 2,000 people have been displaced in the latest eruption from Indonesia's Mount Lokon, which is located on the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, officials said Wednesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 July 2011 17:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Mount Lokon erupts, disrupts air traffic network Indonesia's Mount Lokon, which is located on the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, on Monday erupted, officials said, who also warned air traffic networks.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 July 2011 02:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Dieng volcano status raised to 'dangerous' The Mount Dieng volcano, in the neighborhood of Wonosobo in Central Java province, is showing signs of increasing activity. The Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics Agency BMKG has therefore raised the alert status of the volcano again, from 'careful' to 'dangerous'.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 30 May 2011 10:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi volcano starts rumbling again The activity of the Mount Merapi volcano in Central Java is increasing once again. According to the Volcanologic Agency BPPPTK, the renewed activity is caused by the formation of a new lava dome in the crater of the volcano. The alert status of the Mount Merapi volcano has not yet been changed and still stands at level three.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 April 2011 02:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcanic activity Mount Bromo volcano still high The activity of the Mount Bromo volcano in East Java province is still high. The 2.329 meter high volcano is almost constantly in eruption and exhausts dark clouds of ash. The height of the ash clouds however is slightly lower compared to several weeks ago. The volcano also produces volcanic tremors.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 24 March 2011 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Status of Mount Karangetang volcano raised again The National Disaster Relief Agency BNPB has announced that the alert status of the Mount Karangetang volcano on the island of Siau in North Sulawesi province has been raised from three to four. This was done late in the afternoon yesterday after more information about the recent eruption and current activity of the volcano was processed.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 19 March 2011 01:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Karangetang volcano erupts near Sulawesi One of Indonesia's most active volcanos has erupted, sending lava and searing gas clouds tumbling down its slopes. Volcanology official Agus Budianto said Friday that authorities were still trying to evacuate residents living along the slopes of Mount Karangetang.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 March 2011 01:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Bromo volcano still on alert level three The Center for Volcanoes and Geological Disasters PVMBG has announced that the alert status of the Mount Bromo volcano in eastern Java still stands firm at level three or 'aware'. The volcano still produces small eruptions frequently and every once in a while a large ash cloud is exhausted as well. Some of them reach as high as 800 meters from the crater.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 February 2011 04:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Bromo volcano erupts with four loud bangs The Mount Bromo volcano in eastern Java has erupted once again earlier today. The volcano presented itself with four thunderous rumbles. Volcanic material was also expelled from inside the volcano. This material reached up to 200 meters above the crater of the volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 February 2011 15:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Krakatau volcano sends ash clouds in the sky The height of the ash clouds that are exhausted by the Mount Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait now reach heights up to 1200 meters. This is not very unusual for the volcano, but does show that the volcano is still very active. The ash cloud is currently blown into southern direction, towards the Indian Ocean.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 30 January 2011 09:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bromo ash cloud halts Bali international flights At least 13 international flights scheduled to arrive and depart from Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali, have been canceled after volcanic ash from Mount Bromo infiltrated Denpasar's airspace Friday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 28 January 2011 12:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch tourist missing on Mount Agung on Bali A Dutch tourist and a local tour guide have been missing since Wednesday on Mount Agung on the Indonesian island of Bali's Karangasem district.

Posted in General @ 22 January 2011 14:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Microsoft to invest around $2.5 billion in Indonesia Microsoft on Friday announced that it will invest around $2.5 billion in Indonesia to develop cloud-computing systems, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Economy @ 21 January 2011 20:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi volcano victims turn to tourism to rebuild their lives The crowds of Indonesians eager to glimpse the destruction wrought by their country's most active volcano are providing business opportunities amid a tragedy. People left homeless by volcanic eruptions in Indonesia last year have turned to tourism as a form of income, charging entry fees and selling graphic DVDs to hundreds of visitors a day.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 January 2011 01:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Krakatau volcano still produces sound of explosions The Mount Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Sumatra and Java still causes regular explosions with a heavy thundering sound. These explosions can be heard as far away as the nearest mainland at Anyer, almost 50 kilometers away, where windows are trembling. The head of the observation post for the volcano confirmed the regular bangs.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 January 2011 09:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Krakatau ash clouds reach up to two kilometers The height of the ash clouds that are currently being emitted by the Mount Krakatau volcano is still increasing and reaches almost up to two kilometers now. The volcano, located in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra, also shows an increase in the amount of tremors inside the belly of the volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 24 December 2010 03:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Up to 10 centimeters of ash after Mount Bromo erupts The current eruption of the Mount Bromo volcano that is still ongoing, causes ash rains in the entire district of Probolinggo. Ash is falling down in the entire area, but at some locations closer to the volcano, the situation can be referred to as serious.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 December 2010 12:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A cool and windy wet season Although this year did not really have a dry season of any kind in large parts of Indonesia, the wet season has noticeably started a while ago. The change from the dry to the wet season is hard to point out this year, but the bad weather that hits large areas of Java and elsewhere is a direct consequence of a fierce wet season.

Posted in Weather @ 19 December 2010 12:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ash from Mount Bromo volcano towards Lumajang Ash clouds exhausted by the most recent small eruptions of the Mount Bromo volcano still find their way into the direction of the district of Lumajang, East Java province. "The direction of the wind is still northwestern, which brings the ash clouds in that direction," said Mulyono, head of the observation post for the Bromo volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 19 December 2010 10:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Alert status Bromo volcano lowered to level 3 The alert status for the Mount Bromo volcano in East Java province has been lowered from level 4 to level 3 earlier today. This decision was made because the volcano has showed further decreasing activity, especially compared to earlier this month. The volcano is still very active and an ash cloud can still be seen over the active crater.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 December 2010 11:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Krakatau activity still on fairly safe level The volcanic activity of the Mount Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait between Sumatra and Java still is on a relatively safe level for those who live closest to the volcano. This has been told by the head of the observation post for the volcano in the village of Hargopancuran in Lampung province in Sumatra.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 December 2010 10:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Bromo eruptions slowing down Indonesia's Mount Bromo has had increased volcanic activity since early November, prompting government officials to issue the highest volcano alert status, but experts say its beginning to calm down.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 30 November 2010 18:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malang Airport closed because of ash from Bromo volcano The directorate of Transport in Indonesia has ordered the immediate closure of the airport of Malang, Abdurahman Saleh. This is done because of the increasing amount of ash in the air - originating from the Mount Bromo volcano. The volcano, that has been erupting for several days now, is ejecting more ash into the skies. The airport is located about 25 kilometers from the crater of the volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 29 November 2010 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ash from small Bromo eruption blows towards Malang The Mount Bromo volcano in the area of Probolinggo, East Java Province is still active. An ash cloud caused by one of the small eruptions of the volcano earlier this morning is now making it's way to the city of Malang. "There were several small eruptions earlier this morning. The ash clouds from these eruptions are headed for the city of Malang," said the head of the Crisis Center of the Department of Public Health, Mudjiharto.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 28 November 2010 05:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Spectacular footage of erupting Mount Krakatau volcano The Mount Krakatau volcano (also known as Krakatoa) is showing off in recent weeks. With increasing activity also comes nice footage of small eruptions of the volcano, complete with ash clouds shooting into the sky and pumice falling down on the slopes of the volcano. One of the most illustrative video's of this moment was shot earlier this month by YouTube user TyphoonHunter.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 November 2010 08:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Mount Bromo makes small eruption Indonesia's Mount Bromo, located in the East Java province, on Friday erupted and spewed hot ash, although authorities say it poses no threat at the moment.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 November 2010 18:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More tremors measured in Mount Bromo volcano De Mount Bromo volcano in East Java province has shown increased activity again. In the last 24 hours, the volcano produced a total of 69 tremors. Between midnight and 06:00 local time this morning, 26 tremors were recorded. The amplitude of the tremors is still limited to five millimeters however.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 November 2010 04:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi activity decreasing even further The Bureau of Volcano Research in the city of Yogyakarta has said that the alert status of the Mount Merapi volcano has not been lowered yet. The volcano has dramatically decreased in activity, especially compared to earlier this month, but this is not enough to lower the status just yet. The volcano is still on the highest alert status, level four.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 25 November 2010 04:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Loud bangs from Krakatau shake windows The sound of a roaring Krakatau volcano, in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra, caused windows to shake in houses in the mainland. Residents of Anyer, in the far west of Banten province, heard the roaring sound of the powerful volcano twice in a few minutes time.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 22 November 2010 01:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


304 dead after Mount Merapi eruptions The death toll from Mount Merapiís ongoing eruption is now 304, the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said Sunday. Recently recovered bodies were behind the increase, BNPB disaster risk reduction chief Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a text message to the Post on Sunday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 21 November 2010 11:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta airport reopened after Mount Merapi eruptions The airport of Yogyakarta, one of the international airports on the Indonesian island of Java, has reopened on Saturday. Flights from and to the airport were halted soon after the first heavy eruptions of the Mount Merapi volcano late last month.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 November 2010 13:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands return to slopes of Mount Merapi Thousands of villagers returned to ash-covered homes along the slopes of Indonesia's most volatile volcano Monday, after the government said some areas well away from the fiery crater appeared out of danger from another eruption.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 November 2010 07:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hot weather slows search for Mount Merapi victims Hot weather causes search and rescue for victims of hot pyroclastic flows exhausted by the Mount Merapi volcano. It is expected that there are still a number of bodies in several villages in and around Cangkringan, but because of hot weather, evacuation efforts are slower than expected. Search and rescue teams had to retreat to an emergency post in Wedomartani, Ngemplak.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 November 2010 03:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More hot ash clouds as Mount Merapi seems to cool down The Mount Merapi volcano is currently showing signs of cooling down somewhat, especially compared to the deadly eruption it caused one week ago. During that eruption, huge amounts of ash were exhausted and almost 200 people died. The volcano is still very active however, and is also still exhausting hot ash clouds.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 November 2010 11:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll rises to 191 in Merapi eruptions The death toll in Indonesia's Mount Merapi eruptions risen to 191 on Wednesday as international airlines again cancel and postpone routes to and from the region. Disaster management officials confirmed the number of deaths since Merapi began making strong eruptions late last month. In addition, over 340,000 people are currently staying in temporary camps.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 November 2010 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The breathtaking view and sound of a pyroclastic cloud Two days ago, also soon after our breakfast, we got on our motorcycle to make the trip towards Klaten. Since all roads directly north of Yogyakarta were sealed off, and Cangkringan was one of the worst-hit areas, I wanted to go east as far as possible before driving back to the Mount Merapi volcano again. There were relatively little problems in that area, which was also easy to reach.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 November 2010 05:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi still erupting, but less violent now The Mount Merapi volcano north of the city of Yogyakarta in Central Java is still erupting. Earlier this morning, during a brief period of clear weather, a clear dark ash cloud could be seen rising from it;s crater. The volcano also produced hot pyroclastic flows that came down some of it's slopes earlier this morning and last night.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 November 2010 05:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 200 missing after Mount Merapi eruptions The Sardjito general hospital in Yogyakarta has announced that they have listed over 200 missing persons after the most recent heavy eruptions of the Mount Merapi volcano in Central Java. Most of the missing were reported only after the most heavy eruption until now, which occurred last Friday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 09 November 2010 10:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi victims buried in mass graves Yogyakarta witnessed another mass burial on Sunday. Search and rescue teams struggled to evacuate survivors and the dead - sacrificing some of their own in the process. Reports said five volunteers died Sunday; three were killed by searing-hot ash clouds and two were buried in three meters of ash.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 November 2010 14:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muntilan turned into disaster zone Yesterday, after a night of rest without too much new activity of the Mount Merapi volcano, we left for that area soon after breakfast to see what happened outside the city of Yogyakarta. That this was much worse than inside the city was nothing to doubt about. How bad? That is something I didn't know yet, because I had never had the chance to experience it.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 November 2010 10:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Difficult search for missing and dead around Mount Merapi After a heavy eruption of the Mount Merapi volcano three days ago, the search for dead and missing is still very difficult. The volcano is still very active and hot ash clouds like the one that came down the volcano's slopes three days ago are still hitting the area around the volcano every few hours which causes circumstances to be very dangerous.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 November 2010 07:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Central Java train travel delayed by ash rains Ash from the Mount Merapi volcano is causing more and more problems in an increasingly large area. After main roads were turned into slippery grayish-white lines in the landscape, train travel in Central Java is now also disrupted by falling ash. Trains now generally depart and arrive with an hour delay.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 November 2010 08:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi shows no sign of cooling down The activity of the Mount Merapi volcano doesn't show any sign of decreasing. Until now the volcano emits hot ash clouds high into the air and it also sends ash clouds down it's slopes with a high frequency. A spokesperson of the Geology department of the Department of Energy and Mineral Resources confirmed this news a while ago.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 November 2010 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi erupts again, danger zone expands Indonesia's Mount Merapi on Wednesday erupted again with more force than last week's blasts, spewing out hot ash, lava, and burning rocks up to 5 kilometers (3 miles) into the sky for over an hour. Authorities expanded Merapi's danger zone to 15 kilometers (9.3 miles), which is beginning to reach areas not yet evacuated as well as refugee camps.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 04 November 2010 02:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi exhausted eight pyroclastic clouds today During the day today, Mount Merapi has exhausted a number of eight separate pyroclastic clouds. However this number is high, they did not cause panic because they didn't reach far down the slopes of the mountain, according to observations made at the observation post in Deles in the district of Klaten, Central Java province.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 02 November 2010 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi erupts again Indonesia's Mount Merapi on Monday erupted again, spewing out thick black smoke as residents continue to evacuate the area, local media reported. Jogjakarta's Volcanic Investigation and Technology Development Center chief, Subandriyo, has stated that continuing eruptions are expected.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 02 November 2010 02:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll rises to 34 after Merapi eruptions The death toll has risen to at least 34 following Mount Merapiís latest eruption, officials said Thursday. According to hospital medics, 33 bodies had been under the supervision of Dr. Sardjito Hospital, while one other in Panti Nugroho Slemen Hospital.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 29 October 2010 05:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU provides 1.5 million in aid for tsunami and volcano victims The European Union (EU) on Thursday announced that its Commission will be providing Ä1.5 million ($2 million) in humanitarian assistance to survivors of the tsunami in Mentawai and the volcanic eruption of Mount Merapi in Java.

Posted in General @ 29 October 2010 02:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 28 killed after Mount Merapi violently erupts One of Indonesia's most active volcanoes spewed out clouds of ash and jets of searing gas on Wednesday in an eruption that has killed at least 28 people and injured 14. Authorities have been trying to evacuate more than 11,000 villagers living on the slopes of the volcano, where many houses have been destroyed, the ruins lying covered in white ash.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 October 2010 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Thousands flee, some hurt as Mount Merapi erupts Mount Merapi erupted on the Indonesian island of Java on late Tuesday afternoon, causing thousands of residents to flee the area, officials said. The eruption began at around 5.50 p.m. local time on Tuesday when three loud explosions rocked the mountain, spewing volcanic ashes into the sky.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 October 2010 14:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi threatens over 50,000 people on Java More than 50,000 people are threatened and urged to evacuate on Indonesia's island of Java as Mount Merapi is feared to erupt soon, officials said on Monday. Authorities say more than 50,000 people may be in danger if the volcano erupts now, and urged residents to move to safer ground immediately. However, many locals are refusing to evacuate, saying it is too soon.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 October 2010 04:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Almost 20.000 evacuated after Sinabung eruption Since the eruption of the Sinabung volcano in the Karo district in North Sumatra yesterday around midnight, thousands of people have been brought to safety. Several dozen villages on the slopes of the erupting volcano have been evacuated and residents have found shelter in nearby cities like Kabanjahe and Berastagi.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 30 August 2010 02:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Repairing the road in between rainstorms The first evening and night in Pangandaran were rain-soaked. Fortunately it had become dry when the early morning had started, although the day started with a completely covered sky so the wet clothes from the night before did not dry quickly. Only when I saw the first neighbors arriving in a truck a little bit of sunshine started to break open the cloud cover.

Posted in Culture @ 20 May 2010 02:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rinjani volcano on Lombok island comes to life Lombok's Gunung Barujari part of the Gunung Rinjani volcano complex on the island of Lombok has been placed on a "caution" (waspada) list by Indonesian officials following a rash of continuing explosions, sometimes throwing molten ash 1,200 meters skyward.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 May 2010 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Travelers from Indonesia affected by Europe ash cloud Indonesia and Asia are increasingly feeling the impact of the volcanic ash cloud hanging over Europe, with airlines forced to cancel dozens of European flights for a third day on Sunday and warning that the chaos could last up to a week, at a cost of tens of millions of dollars.

Posted in Travel @ 19 April 2010 04:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Iceland volcanic eruption causes chaos in Europe air traffic Ash clouds from an Icelandic volcano that erupted Wednesday disrupted air traffic across Northern Europe on Thursday, as British and Nordic authorities closed airspace, airports including Europe's busiest airport- London Heathrow - shut down and carriers canceled hundreds of flights.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 April 2010 13:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Egon volcano shows signs of activity The Mount Egon volcano in the district of Sikka on the island of Flores in eastern Indonesia has shown renewed activity. Since March 30, there is an increase in the number and strength of small tremors in the volcano compared to the period starting from January 2010.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 09 April 2010 03:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Back to the quiet of the desa After a completely messed up trip with a DAMRI bus from Jakarta we have arrived in the rural area of Java in the area of Cilacap. We have landed in the desa of Binangun in the kampung Sidamulya to be more precize. Most likely there are much more places named Binangun, but that doesn't really matter.

Posted in Travel @ 07 December 2009 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The umbrella-kids near the bridge Yesterday in the late afternoon I was still in Jakarta. Not entirely according to my own planning, but those things are very hard to plan in this country, and even then there is not a real problem, because there is always another way to enjoy yourself and to get home as well.

Posted in Culture @ 01 December 2009 10:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Karangetang in North Sulawesi erupts The Mount Karangetang volcano on the island of Sitaro in North Sulawesi has just started erupting. The volcano exhausts hot lava and volcanic debris from it's crater. The volcano rumbled to life two days ago but the intensity of the eruption was still increasing.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 November 2009 11:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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