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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


Attention needed for tsunami early warning system The Acehnese government has said that the tsunami early warning system, which has been installed in a coastal area, needs special attention for improvements in the future.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 April 2012 12:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami alert issued after 8.5 magnitude Sumatra quake A tsunami watch was issued for countries across the Indian Ocean after a massive earthquake hit waters off Indonesia on Wednesday, triggering widespread panic as residents along coastlines fled to high ground in cars and on the backs of motorcycles.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 April 2012 12:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Krakatau: tremblors up to five times a minute Scientists at the observation post for the Mount Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra have announced that the number of tremors in the volcano has now increased to up to four or five a minute. During Wednesday, a total of 5,000 tremors were recorded.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 October 2011 10:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dry season to hold on for one more month The dry season is expected to extend its stay in western Indonesia until October, given the current low temperatures across the Java Sea, a scientist says.

Posted in Weather @ 15 September 2011 11:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


New wasp species in Indonesia shocks scientists An American scientist working with a team of Indonesians scientists has discovered a new giant black warrior wasp species. The wasp will be added to the list of items named after the country’s national symbol, the mythical bird Garuda.

Posted in Environment @ 02 September 2011 06:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Soputan volcano on Sulawesi erupts Mount Soputan in North Sulawesi province erupted about 6am on Sunday (8am AEST) but people living in the sparsely populated area have not been evacuated, Iing Kusnadi, a scientist at the volcano's monitoring post said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 July 2011 10:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign scientists to study Lapindo Sidoarjo mudflow A team of foreign scientists will be traveling to Indonesia's East Java province in order to observe the Lapindo mudflow that began five years ago in Sidoarjo, local media reported Thursday.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 27 May 2011 00:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia supports Indonesian earthquake experts A new generation of Indonesian earthquake scientists will be trained through an Australian-funded graduate research program launched in Bandung, West Java, Wednesday. The new program has been created through a partnership between the Indonesian Agency for Disaster Management, the Indonesian Institute of Sciences and the Bandung Institute of Technology.

Posted in Earthquake @ 04 February 2011 14:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Bromo volcano put at highest alert status Indonesian authorities on Tuesday put the Mount Bromo volcano in East Java province on the highest alert following increased activity. Although it has been put on highest alert, there's no recommendation for evacuation told Andi Arief, a presidential aide on disaster relief coordination, citing information from scientists monitoring the volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 23 November 2010 14:15 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 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 Merapi’s 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


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


Video of ash plume over Sinabung volcano The Mount Sinabung volcano, that was quiet for 4 centuries shot a new, powerful burst of hot ash more than three kilometres into the air, sending frightened residents fleeing to safety for the 2nd time this week. The tremor from the eruption - the strongest so far - could be felt 8 km away. The eruption on Sunday and Monday - which caught many scientists off guard - forced 30-thousand people living along its fertile slopes in North Sumatra province to evacuate to cramped emergency shelters in nearby towns.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 04 September 2010 10:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Huge undersea volcano mapped off Sulawesi Scientists on a deep-sea expedition off Indonesia have discovered a towering volcano: It rises 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) from the ocean floor, yet remains far from sight at the water's surface. U.S. and Indonesian researchers, using a powerful sonar system and a robotic vehicle with high-definition video, are exploring terrain off Sulawesi island in hopes of getting a glimpse into complex and little-known marine ecosystems.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 July 2010 05:11 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


Focus on earthquake preparedness, not prediction Predicting earthquakes is an inexact science - which is why disaster preparedness remains key to saving lives, scientists say. Experts have forecast that a long undersea faultline along Indonesia's Sumatra Island is due to produce a powerful and devastating earthquake in the next few decades.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 November 2009 02:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asteroid crashes to earth near South Sulawesi Picture this: A 10-meter wide asteroid hits Earth and explodes in the atmosphere with the energy of a small atomic bomb. Frightened by thunderous sounds and shaking walls, people rush out of their homes, thinking that an earthquake is in progress. All they see is a twisting trail of debris in the mid-day sky. This is what happened on Oct. 8th around 11 am local time in the coastal town of Bone, South Sulawesi.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 29 October 2009 01:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Science in the land where gods reign Iyan Nurmansyah, living in Oxford in the United Kingdom wrote an opinion on the website of The Jakarta post last week. I will just copy the reaction below. He seems to point at the exact problems Indonesia is facing; corruption, religion and ignorant people. Speaks for itself I suppose.

Posted in Religion @ 18 October 2009 12:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


UN: 'Climate change worsening disasters' Climate change is contributing to more frequent and deadlier natural disasters, and governments need to speed up measures to mitigate their impact, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, John Holmes, warns.

Posted in Environment @ 17 October 2009 08:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Giant volcano discovered off Sumatra island Scientists scouring the ocean floor to study the nature of tsunamis discovered a massive underwater volcano off Indonesia's western coast. The 4,600m high mountain spans 50km at its base, Yusuf Surachman Djajadihardja, a marine geologist with the government's Agency for Assessment and Application Technology, said on Friday. Its discovery was 'completely unexpected,' he said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 29 May 2009 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Lake Kelimutu changes colors A change of color of Lake Kelimutu, which is located in a volcanic crater in the district of Ende in the province of East Nusa Tenggara is possibly a sign that a disaster is about to happen. One of the lakes is changing color, which causes locals to speculate about what will happen next. According to locals the change in color has been visible since just two days.

Posted in Environment @ 23 May 2009 06:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mysterious ‘yawning fish’ discovered in Maluku Until January 2008, no one knew it existed, or if they did, they weren’t talking. A husband and wife team who were part owners of a dive shop in Ambon City, Indonesia, along with the shop’s dive guide, took the first known photos of the fish. They shared the photos with Ted Pietsch, a marine scientist at the University of Washington in Seattle, who said last year that the critter appeared to represent an unknown family (in the biological-classification sense) of angler fish.

Posted in Environment @ 25 February 2009 04:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian coral reefs predict large quake within 20 years Researchers reported Thursday that a study of reefs in Indonesia found that corals record cyclical events in the environment, and that these events could foretell a considerable earthquake in the eastern Indian Ocean within the next twenty years. Scientists at the California Institute of Technology's Tectonics Observatory studied corals off Indonesia's Sumatra island, and found them to include annual growth rings, similar to those in tree trunks, which document cyclical events such as earthquakes.

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 December 2008 04:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia halts U.S. naval lab's activities Indonesia has halted the activities of a U.S. naval medical lab in Jakarta following a dispute over the terms of a contract, the health minister said on Thursday. The U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 2 has been key to efforts to track bird flu in Indonesia, the country with the most human deaths from the H5N1 virus.

Posted in General @ 25 September 2008 14:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sidoarjo mud flow may collapse in coming years Indonesia's disastrous mud volcano is collapsing on itself, according to new research released on the second anniversary of the ever-growing environmental catastrophe. Every day, 100,000 cubic metres of hot, stinking sludge continues to ooze from the mud volcano, which burst through the earth two years ago during deep drilling at a nearby exploratory well, linked to Indonesia's richest man and also part-owned by Australian company Santos.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 30 May 2008 14:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia to share bird flu data with researchers Genetic information about Indonesia’s bird flu virus will be available to researchers who have been monitoring the disease. A free global database launched Thursday will give scientists and health experts access to influenza virus samples and genetic sequencing in an effort to make sure the disease isn’t mutating to a form that could spread more easily between people.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 May 2008 04:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Alert status for Papandayan volcano raised Authorities in Indonesia have raised the alert level for a volcano near the country's third largest city following increased volcanic activity, a volcanology center official said on Thursday. More than 100 volcanic tremors were recorded from Mount Papandayan in West Java on Wednesday, although there were no visible signs it would erupt soon, said Estu Kriswati from the volcanology center in the nearby city of Bandung.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 April 2008 17:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New bird species found off Sulawesi Two field scientists from the University of Indonesia have found a new bird species, Zosterops Somadikartai or Togian white-eye, in the Togian Islands, Gulf of Tomini, Central Sulawesi province, local press reported Saturday.

Posted in Environment @ 19 March 2008 02:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian beaches ravaged by 2004 tsunami still eroding The catastrophic damage of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was mostly done within a few hours, but that was just the beginning of a different process that may take up to a decade or more to complete - the stabilization of new beaches and landforms in areas ravaged by this disaster. In continued studies, researchers at Oregon State University and the U.S. Geological Survey are finding that the beaches may continue to shift and change for several more years, as the lands adjust both to the tsunami impacts and the sudden drop of some nearby land by three to six feet.

Posted in Earthquake @ 21 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 20 A 32-year-old woman has died of bird flu, the health ministry said in a statement Monday, bringing the toll to 95 in the nation worst hit by the H5N1 virus. "The patient died at home on January 10," the ministry's bird flu information centre said, adding that two laboratory tests had since confirmed that she was infected with the bird flu virus.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 14 January 2008 11:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientists find giant rat in Papua Scientists have found two mammals believed new to science on the latest expedition to an almost lost world in Indonesia's Papua province Conservation International (CI)said in a statement on Monday. Scientists from CI and the Indonesia Institute of Science (LIPI)visited the Foja Mountains in June 2007, following a first trip to the area in late 2005 that saw them discover dozens of new plants and animals.

Posted in Environment @ 17 December 2007 14:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Earthquake strikes south of Bali A strong earthquake on Friday hit south of the resort island of Bali, where thousands of people were gathering for a U.N. climate change conference. It did not trigger a tsunami warning and there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The underwater tremor had a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 and was centered some 250 kilometer south of the island according to Indonesia's Meteorological and Geophysics Agency said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 December 2007 12:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Anak Krakatau roars and dazzles with fireworks The Mount Anak Krakatau lets out a massive roar yesterday as it blasts a large cloud of smoke and molten red-hot rocks hundreds of meters into the sky at night. Just a few hours later, a river of lava and stones glides down the slopes of the volcano as the early light of a rising sun tries to break to the clouds which have settled over the small and young mountain earlier.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 November 2007 00:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Between volcanoes There are those period in which the normal life gets a little bit more exciting. It is mainly the many volcanoes which show off at the most strange times and can cause the most strange events. In the middle of 2006 it was the Mount Merapi volcano which caused people to flee it's slopes with an outflow of lava and some lahar (hot or cold mud flows with volcanic rocks), right now I am virtually half way between the Mount Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait and the Mount Kelud volcano in eastern Java.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 November 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelud spills boiling water from it's crater The Mount Kelud volcano is dangerously close to an eruption on Monday as magma was pushing upwards through the blocked crater, causing boiling water to spill down it's slopes, according a volcanologist. The water level in the crater lake has fallen because of cracks in it's surface. This also caused damage to essential equipment used to monitor the volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 November 2007 10:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Officials: 'Mount Kelud did not erupt yet' Indonesia's volcano center says that the Mount Kelud volcano in eastern Java has not erupted yet, as earlier reported on Saturday. "There was no eruption. If there had been an eruption, our equipment near the crater would have been damaged," told Surono, head of the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 04 November 2007 23:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientists: 'Eruption of Mount Kelud still imminent' One day after an eruption was falsely reported for the Mount Kelud volcano, the volcano is still showing signs of an imminent eruption, a scientist said on Sunday. "An eruption is now very, very much possible, although so far it has not yet happened," told Agus Budianto, a geologist who is monitoring the activities of the volcano. On Saturday, continuous tremors inside the volcano became so strong that they could not be read on seismological instruments anymore. Scientists at an observation post feared an eruption and evacuated themselves.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 04 November 2007 09:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Residents flee as Mount Kelud begins erupting The Mount Kelud volcano in eastern Java has begun erupting earlier on Saturday, according to seismic readings. There was no visual confirmation however because of bad weather and fog around the peak of the volcano, according to a vulcanologist. Residents are fleeing the slopes of the mountain in sheer panic and the observation posts have been abandoned.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 November 2007 13:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientists: 'Mount Kelud about to blow its top' Non-stop tremors rock the deadly Mount Kelud volcano on Friday, clearly signaling that a powerful eruption could be imminent, according to scientists. Villagers living on the slopes of the volcano however still refuse to flee, hoping that if they keep quiet, the volcano would not erupt. The intensity and frequency of the tremors inside the volcano already exceeded numbers reached in the days and hours before the eruption in 1990. The tremors are an indicator that an underground reservoir of magma is trying to break to the surface.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 02 November 2007 08:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelud keeps villagers on high alert, crater lake heats up further Authorities in the province of East Java have warned residents living on the slopes of the Mount Kelud volcano once more to stay at their temporary shelters since the risk of a major eruption remains high, according to officials on Wednesday. The 1,731-meter high volcano was placed on top alert on October 16, which caused the evacuation of thousands of people living inside the 10-kilometer danger zone around the crater.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 31 October 2007 09:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelud crater lake heats up even further Mount Kelud, the 1,731-meter volcano with a history of deadly eruptions, is still about to erupt, keeping tens of thousands of residents in refugee shelters. A scientist at one of the monitoring posts around the volcano said that the water in the 15-meter deep crater lake reached 39.0° C on Saturday morning, that is just below the 40.0° C before it's last eruption in 1990.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 28 October 2007 03:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three volcanoes simmering in Indonesia Indonesian scientists are closely monitoring three simmering volcanoes across the nation on Friday. These include the Mount Kelud volcano in eastern Java, the Mount Soputan volcano in Sulawesi and the infamous Krakatau in the Sunda Strait, between Sumatra and Java. This volcano as been spewing some ashes a few hundred meters into the air since Tuesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 October 2007 01:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report Mount Kelut volcano; no. 3 The Team for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Observation in Blitar reported today that the temperature of water in the crater continues to increase, albeit slowly. The highest level of alert (level 4) is still in force.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 21 October 2007 09:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Risk of eruption of Kelut volcano extremely high' Police ordered thousands of people - some at gunpoint - to leave their homes on the slopes of the Kelut volcano, one of Indonesia's deadliest volcanoes. This move comes after a few days of underground tremors heightened the fear of an imminent eruption. Scientists earlier raised the alert status of the volcano to the highest level, noting that the temperature of the crater lake had sharply increased.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 October 2007 16:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No food in evacuation camps; people return to dangerous slopes Hundreds of villages which evacuated themselves from the dangerous slopes of the Mount Kelut volcano just last night, headed back home again earlier today from their refugee camps to tend their crops and animals despite warnings of an imminent major eruption. Yesterday as many as 50,000 people started evacuating after the alert status of the volcano was placed on the highest possible level.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 October 2007 12:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Agency: 'Eruption of Mount Kelut imminent' Indonesia is warning that one of it's most active volcanoes may now erupt at any time. The alert status for the volcano is at the highest level at the moment. "An eruption is imminent" stated the website of the Volcanological Survey of Indonesia. Officials have now ordered the evacuation of some 30,000 people living within the danger zones on the slopes of the 1,731-meter volcano in eastern Java.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 October 2007 07:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Worrying signs from Mount Kelut The Mount Kelut volcano in East Java, which was put on the second-highest alert level last month, shows several alarming signs all indicating that it is about to erupt, said a top volcano expert in Indonesia. "I'm scared about Kelut," said Surono, head of the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation in Bandung. "Kelut is now on the point of no return."

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 October 2007 09:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fixing dams to limit damage from threatening eruption Workers near the Mount Kelut volcano are working hard to strengthen dams and drainage tunnels on Saturday to control a possible hot mud flow from the volcano in case of an eruption. These works come at the time that scientists have raised the alert-status of the volcano to the second highest. The dams are designed to hold back and divert deadly hot mud flows (lahar), told Saut Simatupang, a government volcanologist.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 October 2007 14:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hobbits' wrist action shows they were little, not people Three wrist bones from one of the tiny "hobbits" of Indonesia provide the evidence that confirms they are a new species of humans, scientists report. Since the discovery of the prehistoric humans on the island of Flores was announced three years ago, debate has raged over whether the fossils are a new species, called Homo floresiensis.

Posted in General @ 21 September 2007 03:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's big earthquake 'on it's way' A team of international earthquake specialists says that Indonesia is currently facing another potential 'giant' earthquake in the near future. The scientists, among them a team from the California Institute of Technology, says that the three major earthquakes that struck off western Sumatra last week, have actually increased the chances of a renewed major disaster.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 September 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia dismisses human-to-human bird flu report Indonesia on Monday rejected a study by researchers from the United States that concluded that the bird flu virus had spread from person to person during one outbreak in 2006. Indonesia said it was misleading.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 03 September 2007 05:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Report blaming quake stokes volcano row A new report that blames the earthquake of May 2006 for the mud volcano in eastern Java has stoked dispute on Tuesday about whether the drilling well or geology has caused the disaster that engulfed thousands of homes and businesses until today. Scientists tell that they may never find the exact trigger for the eruption of mud from the ground that engulfed an area four times Monaco and already forced 15,000 people to leave their homes.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 01 August 2007 13:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Uncertainty surrounds Indonesia's nuclear plans There is conflicting information from Indonesia about the plans of building a nuclear power plant. Vice-President Yusuf Kalla has said that there are are no actual plans to build a nuclear power plant to spur economic growth.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 21 July 2007 02:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Annual haze disrupts flights in Indonesia Smoke from land-clearing forest fires disrupts flights serving the Indonesian part of Borneo as the country enters the dry season, according to a local official on Sunday. The haze covered the city of Pontianak in the western part of the island for the last two days, delaying flights on Sunday morning because of the reduced visibility, reported local airport chief Syamsul Bachrie.

Posted in Forest fires @ 15 July 2007 16:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia calls in Japan to deal with mud flow crisis The Japanese will most likely provide a soft loan with a value of up to 1 trillion Rupiah (84 million euro) to help the country stopping the mud flow from the gas drilling site in East Java, which has been gushing mud for almost one year now. The loans were proposed to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono just last week. The Japanese government offered possible solution to stop the mud flow, according to Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 17 May 2007 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'Promise before sharing bird flu virus samples again' Children rarely die from measles or other easy to prevent diseases in the West, but the developing world often has to do it without lifesaving drugs and vaccines. Will access to eventual bird flu remedies be any different? That's the question that Indonesia is asking while refusing to share it's H5N1 bird flu samples with the World Health Organization (WHO) . It will continue to do so until it gets a guarantee that it will obtain vaccines if a pandemic breaks out.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 26 March 2007 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batu Tara volcano keeps spewing lava Thousands of people on the island of Lembata, in the Solor Archipelago are evacuated from the area of the Batu Tara volcano as it spews ash and lava. The volcano became more active during Saturday, as was reported by the Jakarta Post. Tons of ash and lava came from it's crater and were dumped in the sea.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 25 March 2007 12:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud volcano stops 30 minutes, experts baffled The mud volcano that has displaced over 15,000 briefly stopped spewing hot mud for the first time in the more than nine months the volcano is active. Scientists are baffled by the news. "The flow of mud coming out of the crater suddenly stopped for about 30 minutes shortly before noon on Monday," said Rudi Novrianto, spokesman for the government team active working to plug the flow.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 20 March 2007 09:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Satellite tracks wildfire plumes in Indonesia Scientists in the United States have linked the extreme weather caused by El Nino to the widespread wildfires in Indonesia. "Droughts over Indonesia are often brought on by a shift in the atmospheric circulation over the tropical Pacific associated with El Nino conditions," said David Edwards, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. "Although the current El Nino is rather weak compared to that of 1997-98, we have found dramatic increases in wildfire activity and corresponding pollution."

Posted in Forest fires @ 03 March 2007 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


20 new shark and ray species found in Indonesian waters Twenty new species of rays and sharks have been found in Indonesian waters during a five-year study of catches at local fish markets. The study, organized by the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, or CSIRO, is the first real in-depth look at sharks and rays in Indonesia after Dutch scientist Pieter Bleeker described more than 1100 species between 1842 and 1860.

Posted in Environment @ 28 February 2007 10:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Giant concrete balls in attempt to stem mud eruption Authorities will try to slow down the gushing mud volcano today. The volcano has already inundated villages and factories. They will drop hundreds of giant concrete balls into the location of the mud volcano, an official reported. Every single day, around one million oil drums of hot, noxious mud - about 50 Olympic swimming pools - flows out of the hole at a drilling site. This is a continuing event for the last nine months. Already 11,000 people have been evacuated from the area.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 23 February 2007 02:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to resume sharing H5N1 samples with WHO Indonesia and the World Health Organization (WHO) agreed today that Indonesia will resume sharing its H5N1 avian influenza virus samples while the WHO will work to ensure that developing countries have access to pandemic vaccines based on viruses they supply.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 17 February 2007 01:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian company sued over Indonesia mudspill The Australian mining company Santos has been named in a Jakarta lawsuit lodged by an Indonesian environmental organisation. As Indonesia correspondent Geoff Thompson reports, since May last year a 'mud volcano' has spewed from the earth submerging villages, factories and fields and displacing thousands in Sidoarjo in East Java.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 14 February 2007 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's bird-flu death toll hits 64 An Indonesian woman has died from the avian influenza virus, bringing the total number of human deaths from the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus in the country to 64, a health official said on Sunday. The 20-year-old female, who has been identified only with her initial as E, died in a local hospital in Garut regency in west Java on Saturday night after undergoing a two-day treatment, according to Nurdin, an official at the Health Ministry's bird-flu information centre.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 11 February 2007 12:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation update: Erupting mud volcano The first scientific report reveals that the 2006 eruption will most likely continue to erupt and emit several thousand cubic metres of mud a day for months, if not years to come. This will leave at least 10 km2 around the volcano vent uninhabitable for years and over 11,000 people permanently evacuated.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 11 February 2007 12:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. warns citizens in Indonesia on threat from cats The U.S. embassy warned its citizens in Indonesia on Wednesday that the country's wild and stray cats may carry the deadly bird flu virus and should be avoided and that care needed to be taken with pet cats. Most known cases of humans getting the H5N1 virus have involved contact with chickens or other infected birds. But last month experts called for closer monitoring of other animals after Indonesian scientists found it in cats near poultry markets.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 08 February 2007 01:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia accused of risking flu fight Public health experts have warned that an exclusive H5N1 vaccine deal Indonesia has struck with a pharmaceutical company may jeopardise the world's access to a pandemic vaccine, if the country becomes the epicentre of a global outbreak. Indonesia signed a memorandum of understanding with US drug manufacturer Baxter Healthcare to develop a human bird flu vaccine.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 08 February 2007 01:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakartans warned more rain on the way The Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) has warned Jakartans to expect another week of torrential rains that triggered massive flooding and paralyzed large parts of the city in the last two days. BMG climatologist Endro Santoso said the heavy rains that have pounded Jakarta over the last several days would likely continue for at least another week.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2007 06:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's 'Hobbit' indeed a new species: scientists A tiny human-like skull discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003 warrants the designation of a new human species, a group of international anthropologists have confirmed. The skull is believed to have belonged to a woman who grew to be only about a metre in height, and who lived on the island east of Bali about 18,000 years ago.

Posted in General @ 01 February 2007 01:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN: Bird flu endemic in Indonesia Avian influenza is now endemic in Indonesia because of past delays in dealing with H5N1 bird flu, with the virus now well established and a major concern in SouthEast Asia, says an Australian veterinary scientist. But Laurence Gleeson, a regional manager with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and other UN officials, were positive over steps taken to control bird flu in SouthEast Asia when speaking to reporters today.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 January 2007 09:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientists: Indonesia mud volcano caused by drilling A mud volcano that inundated dozens of villages was probably triggered by commercial gas drilling, research published in a respected scientific journal shows, contradicting an Indonesian Government Minister who insists it was a natural disaster. ``It is very likely'' that the mud flow in Sidoarjo, eastern Java, which has spewed a million barrels of mud a day for eight months, is manmade, four researchers say in the February issue of Geological Society of American's GSA Today.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 24 January 2007 09:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta residents line up for free meat; mass poultry culls 200701201.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 January 2007 15:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong monsoons could mean increased droughts in Indonesia Fears of strengthening monsoons in Asia could spell trouble for parts of Australia and Indonesia which will see longer and more frequent droughts in the future, according to a study published in Nature on Thursday. By examining the chemical makeup of corals off Indonesia's Sumatra island, researchers found that stronger monsoons in Asia 6,500 years ago led to greater ocean cooling in the eastern Indian Ocean, which reduced evaporation and, in turn increased the droughts in Indonesia and Australia.

Posted in Environment @ 18 January 2007 09:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Faster diagnostic kits in Indonesia only in March With four deaths from bird flu in Indonesia since New Year's Day, the government announced that faster diagnostic kits would only be available in March. "We are expecting that this diagnostic kit will be able to detect symptoms in patients before they suffer heavy breathing," Indonesia's Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari was quoted as saying by Detik.com on Sunday. "The government will also increase the training for health officers on diagnosing and handling bird flu cases," she added.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 15 January 2007 11:59 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


WWF: Scientists find over 50 new species in Borneo Dozens of new species of animals and plants including a catfish with protruding teeth and a tree frog with striking bright green eyes have been found in the past year in the forests of Borneo, a WWF report said on Tuesday. The discoveries include 30 unique fish species, two tree frog species, 16 ginger species, three tree species and one large-leafed plant species, the conservation group said.

Posted in Environment @ 20 December 2006 00:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu death toll hits 56 as toddler dies in hospital The human death toll from bird flu in Indonesia rose to 56 after a 2-year-old boy who died Monday in a Jakarta hospital from the H5N1 virus, health officials said. In addition, the country also posted a new confirmed human bird flu case, with a 36-year-old woman who has been undergoing treatment for the virus at the same hospital since Friday, said Ningrun, an official at the Health Ministry's bird flu centre.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 14 November 2006 02:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says forest fires almost gone Indonesia said on Thursday 90 percent of forest and brush fires that have produced thick smoke blanketing much of Southeast Asia have died out as regional officials met to discuss plans to tackle the annual hazard. The smoke, known in the region as haze, has affected much of Southeast Asia for months, triggering fears of a repeat of the choking situation that hit the region in 1997-98.

Posted in Forest fires @ 03 November 2006 03:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu-hit Indonesia to ban city backyard poultry Indonesia, which has the world's highest number of bird flu deaths, intends to bar city residents from keeping chickens and other poultry in their backyards, ministers said on Friday. Indonesia has become a frontline in the battle against the virus that has killed 55 people in the country, where millions of chickens roam freely in urban residential areas.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 20 October 2006 04:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's bird flu variant shows no major changes The bird flu virus that's killed one person a week in Indonesia this year hasn't mutated to become more contagious to people, the country's agriculture ministry said, citing an analysis of virus samples. Tests on 49 samples taken from birds on the islands of Sumatra, Java and Bali showed the H5N1 avian influenza virus has undergone no major changes, the ministry said in a statement today. The analysis was undertaken by a World Organization for Animal Health reference laboratory in Geelong, Australia.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 October 2006 04:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia mudflow breaks barriers, injures six Barriers built to control a torrent of mud gushing out from an exploratory oil well in Indonesia failed to hold late on Monday, injuring six workers and inundating nearby villages. Several experts have said the mudflow, which started to spurt in late May, could have been triggered by a crack about 6,000 feet (1,800 metres) deep in East Java province's Banjar Panji well.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 26 September 2006 11:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sharks among 52 new species found off Indonesia Scientists said on Monday they found two types of shark, exotic "flasher" fish and corals among 52 new species in seas off Indonesia, confirming the western Pacific as the richest marine habitat on earth. They urged more protection for seas around the Bird's Head peninsula at the western end of New Guinea island from threats including mining and dynamite fishing that can smash coral reefs.

Posted in Environment @ 18 September 2006 11:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia confirms another retrospective case of bird flu Indonesia has confirmed another retrospective case of bird flu in the archipelago nation, which the World Health Organisation said may have resulted from human-to-human transmission. The additional case brings Indonesia's total to 65, of which 49 have been fatal -- the world's highest human death toll from the virus.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 15 September 2006 11:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia raises alert level at rumbling Mount Talang Scientists have raised the alert level at a rumbling volcano on Indonesia's Sumatra island after it showed signs of increased activity, but a major eruption is not imminent, an official said Sunday. Sensors on the slopes of Mount Talang in west Sumatra picked up increased volcanic activity and a buildup of gases, but the mountain did not send debris or lava down its slopes, said Dalipa Marjusi, an official at a monitoring post. "There is a possibility of a major eruption, but it is not imminent," he said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 September 2006 13:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says targets $100 mln for bird flu fight Indonesia hopes to secure about $100 million to fight bird flu next year, the vice president said on Friday, after criticism the country is not doing enough to control the disease. Indonesia has the world's highest death toll from bird flu and scientists and even the World Bank have called on the government to step up the fight to control a disease that is endemic in almost all provinces.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 01 September 2006 04:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wet markets must be cleaned up to fight bird flu Cleaning up Indonesia's popular wet markets and shifting live birds to separate sanitary locations is a crucial first step in the nation's fight against the deadly bird flu virus, an expert said. Indonesia became the nation worst affected by the H5N1 virus this week, with 44 confirmed human deaths, putting its efforts to combat bird flu under the international spotlight.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 10 August 2006 13:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Komodo dragon brings tourists, not their money Mohammed Sidik used to sell goats to Komodo National Park to feed to the wild Komodo dragons, the world's largest lizards, in a gory display for tourists. Park officials banned the practice a decade ago because they worried that the dragons were becoming lazy. Now the 10-foot-long predators waddle three miles to this squalid coastal village, raid Sidik's herd and eat his goats for free.

Posted in Environment @ 08 July 2006 13:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Experts consider reducing Indonesian volcano alert Activity at Indonesia's Mount Merapi has been decreasing and officials are reviewing the volcano's top alert status, a scientist said Saturday. "There's a trend of decreased activity but Merapi still emits lava trails," Hani Prabawati from the vulcanology office in Yogyakarta, the main city south of Merapi, was quoted by AFP as saying.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 July 2006 09:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientists photograph five ancient coelacanth fish Scientists working off Indonesia's Sulawesi island have photographed five primitive fish once thought to have died along with the dinosaur, a newspaper reported Tuesday. The fish, called a coelacanth, was first found alive in 1938 off the coast of Africa. It had been thought to have become extinct some 65 million years ago, and the find of the so-called "living fossil" ignited worldwide interest.

Posted in Environment @ 28 June 2006 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Chameleon-like snake discovered in Borneo Scientists in Indonesia have discovered a new and mysterious species of snake in the depths of rain forest-clad Borneo which has the ability to change colours, the WWF conservation group has said. The half-meter long snake, known locally as a "mud snake", was collected by a WWF consultant and a German reptile expert in the wetlands along the Kapuas River in West Kalimantan more than a year ago. "It has since been established that it is really a new species," the WWF's Iwan Wibisono told AFP.

Posted in Environment @ 27 June 2006 17:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Merapi activity slows down, but still dangerous Activity of Mt. Merapi slowed down on Saturday, but Yogyakarta's Volcano Research Center had not removed the red code status of the volcano as its activity could still increase anytime, an official said. Data collected by the Center from midnight to 6 a.m. on Saturday showed that the volcano spewed 43 times of hot gas, flowing some one kilometer away from the peak.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 June 2006 10:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi spews lava and gas in large eruption Indonesia's Mount Merapi hurled lava and gas clouds down its slopes on Thursday in the volcano's largest eruption since it began heating up two months ago, officials and local media reports said. The eruption occurred at about 9:05 a.m. (02:05 GMT), reaching a record distance of five kilometres in the direction of the Gendol River, burning down part of the Kaliadem forest area in the district of Sleman, the state-run news agency, Antara, reported.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 June 2006 20:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia begins immunizations in earthquake zone Hundreds of women cradling babies and holding the hands of children lined up Wednesday as Indonesia kicked off a massive campaign to immunize more than 1.5 million people against disease following last month's deadly earthquake. “We are racing against time,” said Gandung Hermanto, head of the surveillance division at the health department in Bantul, the district hardest hit by the May 27 quake that turned ramshackle homes into piles of bricks and rubble in less than a minute.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 June 2006 07:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


11,000 evacuated as Mount Merapi volcano spews ash and lava The 9,700-foot (2,900-meter) volcano on the Indonesian island of Java has been sporadically spewing clouds of toxic gas and lava for several weeks. Experts believe a major eruption could come at any time. Villagers were being trucked away from the foot of the mountain to temporary shelters.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 June 2006 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sanitary conditions worsen in quake-hit area Many of Indonesia's 650,000 homeless earthquake survivors are living with deteriorating sanitary conditions, forced to wash with dirty water that infects wounds and spreads skin disease, doctors said Sunday. Another peril loomed from a nearby volcano, which spewed lava and hot gases dozens of times on Sunday. There was also concern about bird flu in the quake zone, as the number of Indonesia's human deaths from the virus mounted. Some of the homeless have taken shelter in chicken coops that aid workers fear could contain the disease.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 June 2006 10:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi volcano continuing spewing lava Mount Merapi volcano spewed out fresh clouds of hot gases and streams of lava today, as scientists warned that its expanding lava dome might collapse. Lava spurted out of the crater dozens of times, and searing-hot clouds of gas and debris known as pyroclastic flows reached as far as four kilometres down the mountain's southeast side, said Sugiono, a Government researcher, who uses one name.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 04 June 2006 15:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu in Indonesia, one death every 2.5 days in May Indonesia averaged one human bird flu death every 2 1/2 days in May, putting it on pace to soon surpass Vietnam as the world's hardest-hit country. The latest death, announced Wednesday, was a 15-year-old boy whose preliminary tests were positive for the H5N1 virus. It comes as international health officials express growing frustration that they must fight Indonesia's stifling bureaucracy as well as the disease.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 01 June 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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