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Mount Kelud volcano erupts A volcano on the main island of Indonesia has sent plumes of smoke and ash high into the air, while tens of thousands have gone to shelters for safety, the Antara state news agency reported Thursday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 February 2014 03:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Heavy rain predicted for central and eastern Indonesia The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) predicts that heavy rain will be falling until next week in a number of areas in Indonesia`s central and eastern areas.

Posted in Weather @ 15 March 2012 02:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood and landslides hit northern Bali Severe weather has brought a range of extreme weather phenomenon to Bali in mid-December 2010. Higher-than-normal winds and wave conditions are blamed for sporadic closings of the ferry crossing between Java and Bali. Meanwhile, heavy rains, flooding, hail storms, lightning strikes and landslides have been experienced in various parts of the island.

Posted in Weather @ 22 December 2010 09:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five dead when lightning strikes Lightning has killed five people and seriously injured another as it struck a hut near a rice field in Kampuang Caniago village in the West Sumatra regency of Agam, Antara news agency reported. The survivor, Nofi Alizar, 12, is in a critical condition at M. Jamil Hospital due to severe burns in his back following the accident on Friday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 February 2010 12:00 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


Bali reports hotter than usual weather Tourists and residents across the island are complaining that temperatures on the island are exceptionally hot. According to Kompas.com, Bali's hotter-than-normal-heat-wave have seen sunbathers, who used to spend the entire day on Kuta Beach, abandoning the shoreline at 9:30 a.m. to escape the escalating heat.

Posted in Weather @ 02 November 2009 00:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali hit by power outage A sub-sea interconnecting high-voltage cable carrying power from Java to Bali failed on Wednesday evening, September 15, 2009, plunging much of Bali into darkness starting from 19:05 local time (GMT+8). Frantic efforts to restore the peak demand capacity of 440 megawatt returned power in some areas within a half-hour, however, many consumers sat in the dark until late in the evening before power was fully restored.

Posted in Economy @ 22 September 2009 02:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods in Jakarta after heavy rainstorms Heavy rainstorms have hit the greater Jakarta area overnight. Rain started to fall down from around 20.00 local time yesterday evening and did not stop until the early hours of today. Rain of this intensity and length is rare, since it is in the middle of the dry season in the area. The heavy rains caused some streets to flood immediately.

Posted in Weather @ 02 September 2009 02:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia Indonesian style With a flight in the afternoon I departed from Yogyakarta to the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta. For the first time I was to fly this route with AirAsia. It is called AirAsia here, but in fact it's a separate company that listens to the name Indonesia AirAsia. This difference is subtle, but if you know that AirAsia uses airline code AK, and Indonesia AirAsia QZ, it all becomes clear.

Posted in Travel @ 29 November 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The wet season arrived with thunder and rain It didn't last another five minutes again before I felt the first rain coming down. And it wasn't water thrown up by the tires of trucks and buses but rain. I assumed that I drove too far for the passing rainstorm, but that was an illusion. The real situation was much more wet than those few drops of rain, but it would only be clear later on. Since the rain was intensifying I decided to take a break somewhere along the road - no idea where - to drink a glass of hot jeruk hangat (hot water with a small orange squeezed in it) and a Sampoerna cigarette. Just to get oversight about the situation.

Posted in Weather @ 10 October 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bad weather to hit central and eastern Indonesia The Meteorological and Geophysics Office BMG has sent a weather warning for the central and eastern parts of Indonesia. People there should be on the watch for bad weather like heavy rains, lightning and the effects of that like landslides. The bad weather is expected to arrive as early as tomorrow and will most likely last until July 21.

Posted in Weather @ 14 July 2008 05:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wet feet in North Jakarta, 3 It didn't get better when I carefully lifted the plastic flap and reached outside with my head. A driver on a motorbike which was in some kind of a hurry could hardly avoid me. In front of us a long row of red lights in the streets. Between the vehicles I could mainly see water and more nearby I heard the water gush out of the draining canal onto the pavement and the street. Ooh well, it must be raining heavily somewhere close, because it was quite an amount of water that came rushing towards us. Slowly the three wheels of the bajaj disappeared under water. I was hoping that the water would not reach too high at the end, because after over half an hour in this kind of transport, sitting becomes quite uncomfortable.

Posted in Flooding @ 14 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lodaya Malam to Bandung, trains run on time It is half past two in the afternoon on a warm Tuesday afternoon at the start of the wet monsoon. No guarantee for rain however, it has been strange weather for over a week now in Yogyakarta and elsewhere in Java it seems to be more of the same. The wind blows from the wrong direction I was told. Maybe that is just good, because that would mean I could have a dry trip to Bandung. However using the train is less reliable on the weather than flying, it is still prone to various delays.

Posted in Travel @ 06 December 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


There is the wet monsoon First some lightning and later with a rolling thunder from the south, a bunch of dark clouds heads towards the north. After two rainshowers yesterday afternoon it is very likely that it will rain again today. A clear sign that the wet monsoon finally will kick of. Somewhat late, but with half a year of virtually no rain at all, every single drop of rain is a gift from God for farmers and people with their own garden. Yesterdays rain was just a reminder of the arrival of the wet monsoon and also cleaned the streets from the dust that had been gathered in all possible and impossible places during the last six months.

Posted in Weather @ 29 October 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Two dead when whirlwind hits Probolinggo Two people are dead and many houses and other buildings were damaged after a whirlwind hit Mayangan and Kademangan areas in Probolinggo, East Java in the late afternoon on Monday. The police chief of Probolinggo, Adjunct Senior Commissioner Topan Herinoto said the strong winds lasted only about ten minutes, but that was enough to bring heavy damage to the area.

Posted in Weather @ 06 March 2007 02:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia lowers alert level at Merapi volcano An Indonesian state agency monitoring Mount Merapi has lowered the volcano's alert status after a decrease in emissions, officials at the vulcanology centre said on Tuesday. Merapi in central Java, near the ancient royal city of Yogyakarta, is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the Pacific "Ring of Fire". It has threatened a major eruption for weeks, forcing evacuation of thousands from its slopes.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 June 2006 15:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smouldering Mount Merapi slows tourism In the shadow of Mount Merapi, a 30-year-old woman selling snacks to tourists visiting the rumbling Indonesian volcano says business has never been this bad. Tourists who once thronged the area are too frightened to trek to Babadan, one of Merapi's observation points, just 4.5 km (3 miles) from the peak of the restive mountain. "I used to get 100 customers during weekends, but it's too quiet now," said Ngatini, a mother of two, sitting in her wooden hut covered with thick volcanic ash.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 June 2006 10:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi volcano explodes with gas, ash Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano exploded with clouds of hot gas and ash rain early on Monday, sending some villagers who had been reluctant to leave scurrying for safety. Grey ash covered some vegetation and rooftops in the area of Ketep, 10 kms (six miles) from the base of the mountain, and many houses appeared deserted after residents evacuated.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 May 2006 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lava spills into valley Lava flowed on Friday from Indonesia's rumbling Mount Merapi, which experts say could erupt at anytime, threatening thousands of people in the country's central Java heartland. Several thousand people have moved away from Gunung Merapi -or Fiery Mountain- which has been simmering for weeks, but officials put the total number of residents on and near the country's most active volcano at around 14,000.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 May 2006 10:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


SBY: Freeport Papua mine closure not an option The Indonesian government won't consider a unilateral closure of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.'s (FCS) massive Grasberg mine in Papua despite allegations of poor environmental management at the facility, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Monday.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 17 April 2006 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Police question three men over last month's Bali attacks Indonesian police are continuing to question three men arrested in connection with last month's Bali bombings. The three were taken into custody in central Java and flown to the Balinese capital Denpasar for interrogation. Police say they will face charges of assisting terrorists, which carries a jail sentence of between three and 15 years.

Posted in Terrorism @ 16 November 2005 10:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Deadly ground Alinda-Jane Hannah, a New Zealander living in Phuket, was nearly killed by the Dec. 26 tsunami. Driving along a road in the beachside town of Kamala, she and her 3-year-old daughter Nakita-Rose were almost washed away by the waves as they swamped the eastern coast of the island. A sharp intimation of mortality revisited Hannah last week when a loudspeaker in a nearby mosque woke her shortly before midnight, warning of another tsunami on the way. Hannah fled to higher ground, together with tens of thousands of other locals and tourists. Now, she says, after three months of trying to forget the terror of Dec. 26, "all the awful thoughts are back."

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 April 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientists fear another major quake may strike Indonesia Seismologists say there is a heightened risk that a major earthquake may soon strike the western coast of Sumatra as a result of the monster quake that generated the December 26 tsunami. They warn that the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh, which was already badly hit by the killer wave, could be at risk from a quake measuring up to 7.5 on the Richter scale and there is a potential for a tsunami-making 8.5 quake offshore.

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


As soon as Tana Toraja was introduced to me, it was taken away as well. I still remember the fact that I agreed on those meagre four days in Tana Toraja ‘because my schedule is too tight’, as it always is. In the van, just leaving the hotel for the last time, I was asking myself when I would really stop taking about schedules at all. Probably never, because I will always have to take an airplane in and out Indonesia again, but the time between those fixed points is merely a collection of things to do and things done in the past. For now, I was on my way to Makassar again, this very same evening I would have dinner with the owner of Caraka Travelindo, which has provided me with this wonderful trip.

Posted in Travel @ 27 November 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


After going to the airport in the early morning, flying to Surabaya and Makassar, driving from Makassar airport, which is in fact located in the town of Maros, to a little town of Bira, located along the southerneastern coast of the southwestern peninsula of Sulawesi, the day ended and the evening begun. As I had been lazy for most of the day I was barely awake during the trip from the airport to Bira. It was merely the new Sulawesi views that kept me awake. The speeding driver wasn’t a problem at all, now I wanted to go to Bira, knowing there would be a lot more of Sulawesi to be seen in the coming days. The day started with the early morning sun in Jogjarta, with rain in Maros and a windy coast here in Bira. This would be my place for a few nights, just to take a rest and have a look around.

Posted in Travel @ 16 May 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bush hails Indonesia as vital partner in war on terror US President George W Bush has described Indonesia as a vital partner and friend of America during a three-hour lightning stop in Bali. Mr Bush said he appreciated what he called Indonesia's strong support in the war on terror. He also announced he would propose to Congress a six-year programme worth US$157 million to support basic education in Indonesia to aid efforts to build a system that discourages extremism.

Posted in General @ 22 October 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lightning causes station blackout An electrical relay station used to power electric trains at Manggarai railway station was struck by lightning on Monday afternoon, affecting a number of train services. Due to the incident, stations in Jatinegara, Manggarai, Gondangdia, Karet and Duren Kalibata experienced a power blackout and could not be served by electric trains, Zainal Abidin, spokesman for state-owned PT KAI's Jakarta office, was quoted by detik.com as saying.

Posted in Weather @ 04 September 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi villagers foresee eruption within 10 days Despite lava pourings, many Merapi residents are unwilling to evacuate just yet, although the village is on an 'imminent eruption' alert. Mount Merapi, Indonesia's most active volcano, which looked set to erupt on Saturday, appeared calm yesterday but villagers in the surrounding area predicted that a major eruption would begin around Feb 20.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi erupts, but nearby residents unmoved The 2,968-meter high Mount Merapi erupted at dawn on Saturday and continued spewing hot clouds of steam and fine ash throughout the day, but residents were undeterred despite the high alert warning announced by the government. The latest discharge of hot cloud took place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 February 2001 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb bxplosion rattles Jakarta A TNT bomb (trinitrotoluene) of terrifying strength, exploded in front of the Philippine Ambassador's, Leonides T. Caday, residence on Jalan Imam Bonjol, Central Jakarta, and opposite the General Election Institute (LPU), Tuesday noon (1/8).

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 August 2000 16:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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