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Mount Slamet still spews volcanic ash Mount Slamet, which covers five districts in Central Java, was reportedly still spewing volcanic ash in the area around its peak. On Friday night, thin volcanic ash began pouring out in the area around the observation post, head of Mount Slamet Observation Post, Sudrajat, said here on Saturday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 July 2014 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sangeang Api in West Nusa Tenggara erupts Mount Sangeang Api in Bima District, West Nusa Tenggara, erupted on Friday at 03:55 p. m. local time spewing plumes of ash and smoke 3,000 meters westbound into the air.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 31 May 2014 00:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Residents urged to follow Mount Slamet danger zone ban Head of the Geological Agency Surono appealed to the villagers residing around Mount Slamet to abide by the danger zone limit, set at a four-kilometer radius from the peak, following increased activity.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 02 May 2014 20:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Slamet status increased to alert level III The Volcanology and Geology Disaster Mitigation Center PVMBG on Wednesday raised the status of Mount Slamet in Central Java from alert level II (Waspada) to alert level III (Siaga).

Posted in Volcanoes @ 30 April 2014 15:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Slamet volcano still on alert status The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said on Sunday Mount Slamet which straddles the five districts of Banyumas, Purbalingga, Pemalang, Tegal, and Brebes in Central Java, Indonesia remains on the third highest alert status.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 April 2014 23:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Task force extinguish forest fires in Riau The haze disaster mitigation task force has claimed that they have successfully extinguished 173 hot spots that burned 19.766 hectares of land in Riau province between the February end and mid-March.

Posted in Forest fires @ 20 March 2014 12:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Victims due to haze to receive compensation The Ministry of Social Affairs will provide compensation for a haze victim who died in Riau province, according to National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Head Syamsul Maarif. "The amount of the compensation will be decided later, after holding coordination discussions with the local government," the BNPB chairman said here on Thursday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 07 March 2014 09:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Navy: 'Blast believed to be caused by explosive materials' The blast at a navy ammunition depot in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, on Wednesday morning was believed to be caused by explosive materials, Navy Information Division Chief Commodore Untung Suropati said.

Posted in Accidents @ 06 March 2014 01:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians smoke 302 billion cigarettes a year Indonesian smokers consumed at least 302 billion cigarettes in 2013, placing Indonesia on the top of the Southeast Asian smokers list, according to a research. The research results of the Demographic Institute of the University of Indonesias Economic Faculty indicated that cigarette consumption in Indonesia accounted for 46.16 percent of the population.

Posted in Health @ 05 March 2014 09:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven airports closed due to volcanic ash from Mount Kelud Seven airports and one airstrip remain closed on Saturday, as of 10:00 am local time (GMT +7), due to volcanic ash from Mount Kelud in East Java, an official said.

Posted in Travel @ 15 February 2014 12:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Trucks used to clear out volcanic ash in Yogyakarta Dozens of trucks belonging to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) were deployed to clear out the volcanic ash spewed by Mount Kelud, which erupted on Thursday night.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 February 2014 22:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Lewotobi alert status raised to alert level II Increased seismic activity reported in Mount Lewotobi located in the Flores Timur district in Indonesias eastern province of East Nusa Tenggara has led officials to raise its danger status to alert level II.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 February 2014 20:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Police detain Malaysian for starting forest fire in Riau The Riau province police announced here on Saturday that they had detained a Malaysian national who is being investigated for his alleged involvement in starting a forest fire in Riau earlier this year.

Posted in Forest fires @ 14 December 2013 15:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


7 dead after commuter train crashes into fuel truck in Jakarta Seven people reportedly died following a crash involving a commuter train and a fuel truck near Bintaro Permai areas railway crossing in the Tangerang province, on Monday at 11:15 West Indonesia Time (WIB).

Posted in Accidents @ 09 December 2013 18:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Marapi in West Sumatra erupts again Mount Marapi, which is located in the Tanahdatar and Agam districts in the West Sumatra Province, erupted again on Wednesday morning.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 November 2013 14:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of police to guard Jambi labour protest At least 1,500 members of the Jambi Regional Police are to be deployed to maintain peace during labor protests planned to take place from October 28 to November 2, 2013.

Posted in Protests @ 25 October 2013 15:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


West Aceh shrouded in smoke after peatland fire West Aceh District of Aceh Province is shrouded in smoke after peatlands in the region caught fire due to illegal land clearing by burning. Head of Emergency Department of West Aceh Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency Dedek Risman said in Meulaboh on Monday that the agency does not have sufficient tools to extinguish the fire.

Posted in Forest fires @ 23 September 2013 17:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sinabung erupts again Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra erupted again on Tuesday at 12:13 p.m. West Indonesian Standard Time, spewing volcanic ash and thick smoke five kilometres into the air. The highest mountain in North Sumatra (2,600 metres) had erupted at 2:51 a.m. on Sunday forcing people to flee.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 September 2013 15:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President orders ministries to put out forest fires President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered all ministries and relevant institutions to put out forest fires in Sumatra in one month. "The President has given us directives that hotspots and haze in Sumatra should be overcome immediately," Chief Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa told a press conference after a cabinet ministers` plenary meeting here on Thursday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 20 June 2013 23:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BNPB sets aside Rp25 billion to battle forest fires The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has set aside Rp25 billion (around 2.5 million US Dollar) to make artificial rain over forest fires in Riau Province to battle haze looming over the region and neighboring countries.

Posted in Forest fires @ 20 June 2013 13:42 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


Volcanic tremors still shaking timbang crater continuously The Banjarnegara Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) said several tremors had continuously shaken Timbang Crater in Sumber Rejo Village, Banjarnegara District, Central Java from Sunday to Monday morning.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 01 April 2013 20:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Artificial rain demand increasing The Indonesian Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) receives increasing demand of artificial rain to increase the water volume in a number of dams to anticipate an imminent dry season.

Posted in Weather @ 07 March 2013 15:19 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


Minister: 'Nuclear power plant establishment in East Kalimantan' Indonesia`s Research and Technology Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta is in support of the East Kalimantan (Kaltim) Administration, to establish nuclear power plants (PLTN) in the region. "We hope Kaltim can be a pioneer in alternative energy, which is cheap and abundant," the Minister said in Balikpapan, on Wednesday (Nov 21).

Posted in Power supply @ 22 November 2012 16:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Marapi spews white thick smoke Mount Marapi in West Sumatra province spewed white thick smoke at around 07.00 a.m. on Saturday, a local resident said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 October 2012 14:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta smokers demand special room inside buildings Several members of a people`s group called `Cigarettes Community` have demanded that the Jakarta government revise Governor`s Regulation number 88/2010 that abolishes the presence of smoking room inside buildings in Jakarta.

Posted in Health @ 08 October 2012 19:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Implementation of Bali smoking ban too slow A survey conducted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at starred hotels in Kuta carried out by provincial enforcement officers (Satpol PP-Bali) and working units of the provincial government (SKPD) revealed that most properties have yet to implement the Smoke-Free-Law of 2011 in their public areas.

Posted in Health @ 29 September 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Regional governments urged to issue smoking ban Provincial governors, district heads and city mayors in Indonesia have been urged to issue regulations to ban cigarette smoking, due to an increasing number of smokers in the country. The call was made by the country`s health minister, Nafsiah Mboi, when speaking during the Indonesian Eastern Region Forum Festival here on Monday.

Posted in Health @ 24 September 2012 20:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Gamalama erupts Mount Gamalama in North Maluku province erupted at 01.22 p.m. and 02.15 p.m. on Sunday, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 September 2012 06:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police find explosives during Depok house raid Personnel from anti-terror police force and Jakarta police office found stocks of explosives while raiding a house in Bojong Gede, Depok district, West Java, on Monday morning.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 September 2012 00:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police declare Toriq terrorist Jakarta Metropolitan Police (Polda Metro Jaya) have confirmed that Muhammad Toriq, a 30-year-old man who has been absconding ever since the police found a half-finished home-made bomb at a house in Tambora, West Jakarta, on Wednesday afternoon (September 6), is a terrorist.

Posted in Terrorism @ 06 September 2012 14:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mt. Marapi spews volcanic ash on Sunday morning Mount Marapi in West Sumatra province spewed volcanic ash up to 500 meters into the sky on Sunday morning. "The volcano spewed volcanic ash for about 10 minutes starting at around 08.30 a.m.," Mubarak, who lived on the slope of the volcano said on Sunday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 June 2012 06:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Gamkonora erupts Mount Gamkonora, in North Maluku province, erupted on Wednesday afternoon, forcing hundreds of residents living on the volcano`s slope to evacuate to safer areas.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 June 2012 14:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoking ban kicks off in Bali The province of Bali became "officially smoke free" as of June 1, 2012. Quoted by Republika.co.id, Baliís governor Made Mangku Pastika said the ban on smoking in public places will be phased in, commencing with an immediate ban on smoking in government offices.

Posted in Health @ 05 June 2012 10:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Marapi twice spews white smoke Mount Marapi, located between the districts of Tanah Datar and Agam, West Sumatra province twice spewed white smoke on Saturday morning, a witness said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 May 2012 16:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Marapi`s volcanic ash flowing out 200 meters high Mount Marapi in Tanahdatar and Agam regencies in West Sumatra has volcanic ash flowing out of the volcano 200 meters high on Friday morning. The volcanic flow took place at 7.30 am local time as far as 2 km in the direction north of the mountain in parts of Jorong Limo Suku, Nagari Sungaipuar in Agam regency.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 19 May 2012 13:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Marapi spews volcanic ash again Mount Marapi, situated between the Tanahdatar and Agam districts of West Sumatra, spewed volcanic ash on Monday morning, according to a local resident.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 May 2012 13:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali to declare large parts of  public spaces 'no-smoking' Bali is preparing to lead a nation-wide movement to establish no-smoking areas in most public places. A provincial law will come into effect on June 1, 2012, that will make enclosed building spaces off grounds to smoking, including hotels and nightspots. The law also strictly regulates advertising of tobacco products.

Posted in Health @ 05 April 2012 03:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BMKG detects drop in number of hot spots in W. Sumatra The Ketaping Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) in West Sumatra said that in the last week there had been a drop in the number of hot spots in the area monitored by the satellite.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 March 2012 05:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Marapi in Indonesia's West Sumatra briefly erupts Mount Marapi, a volcano located in the Indonesian province of West Sumatra, briefly erupted on early Wednesday morning, officials said. It comes after activity was also reported at the volcano in August 2011.

Posted in General @ 29 February 2012 16:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoking in trains to be banned PT Kereta Api Indonesia will impose a smoking ban on March 1, 2012 in economy, business and executive coach cars. As of March 1, passengers will not be allowed to smoke in coaches during a train journey, including in areas near the toilet, according, Bambang Setya Prayitno, a spokesperson.

Posted in Health @ 10 February 2012 05:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Pondok Pesantren Laki-laki As-Sodomiyah Last week it made some headlines, but I didn't have the time to get back to it right away. Well, that should be special new then, right? Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be that special. Hardly any attention was given to it in Indonesia, at least not of the stone-throwing and firebombing kind of attention that we should expect with this kind of news.

Posted in Religion @ 24 January 2012 07:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Evacuations as activity rises at Indonesia's Mount Lewotolo Hundreds of people living near a volcano in the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara were evacuated on Thursday because of increased volcanic activity, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 January 2012 00:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Once again Mount Krakatau exhausts fumes Smoke from Mount Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait had reached a height of 50 meters which could be clearly observed from the monitoring post in Cinangka, Serang regency, Banten province, a spokesman said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 December 2011 03:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia resort island Bali bans smoking in public places The provincial legislature on the Indonesian resort island of Bali has passed a new law which will soon ban smoking in all public places, the Jakarta Globe reported on Monday. It is not yet known when the ban will go into effect.

Posted in Health @ 28 November 2011 20:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Anak Krakatau continues to spew puffs of smoke Mount Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait, West Java, continues spewing puffs of white smoke, but the Geological Disaster Mitigation and Volcanology Center (PVMBG) maintains the danger status of the mountain at Level III or alert level.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 24 November 2011 01:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Fire extinguisher explodes on Indonesian ship, killing 3 Three crew members were killed on Friday when a fire extinguisher exploded aboard a ship in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, local media reported. Several others were injured.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 November 2011 01:09 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Stampede kills 8, injures 60 aboard Indonesian ship A passenger ship carrying more than 750 people caught fire off of East Java in Indonesia on early Wednesday morning, officials said, causing a deadly stampede among the passengers.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 September 2011 15:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Mount Lokon erupts four times Indonesia's Mount Lokon erupted four times on Tuesday after increasing its volcanic activity during the past week, officials said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 September 2011 00:36 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


Indonesia's Mount Tambora shows rising volcanic activity The status of the Mount Tambora volcano on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa has been raised to the second-highest alert status as its activity has been increasing since April, the Jakarta Globe reported on Friday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 September 2011 00:44 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Firefighters rescue seven from burning building in Jakarta Seven people were rescued from a burning building in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Tuesday evening, the Jakarta Globe reported on Wednesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 August 2011 02:17 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 Dieng volcano active The Mount Dieng volcano, in the neighborhood of Wonosobo in Central Java province, has become more active. The Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics Agency BMKG has therefore raised the alert status of the volcano from 'normal' to 'careful'.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 25 May 2011 09:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Army helicopter crash critically injures four An Indonesian Army helicopter on Monday crashed in the eastern region of the country, critically injuring four passengers, officials said.

Posted in Military @ 17 May 2011 00:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina refinery fire extinguished, no plan to import extra fuel The Pertamina refinery fire in Indonesia was completely put out, five days after the initial explosion that began burning the refinery's fuel tanks.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 April 2011 16:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ignorance feeds cigarette habit among young in Indonesia Indonesia has a higher percentage of young smokers than any other country, but ignorance and a powerful tobacco lobby are making it difficult to stamp out nicotine addiction, say health workers and the government.

Posted in Health @ 19 January 2011 01:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Cigarettes and tobacco get warning image in Indonesia The Indonesian government is to put warning images on cigarettes and tobacco. No longer will the black text in a white box be enough to warn the people. An image will be added in the near future to point smokers at the dangers of smoking. Several countries in the region already have this kind of images printed on every pack of cigarettes.

Posted in Health @ 13 January 2011 02:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rumor: Ancient volcano rumbles into live near Yogyakarta Earlier today an Indonesian online news service reported that the prehistoric Nglanggeran volcano in the area of Gunung Kidul (lit 'Southern Hills') southeast of the city of Yogyakarta had come back to life. The volcano was said to produce a rumbling sound and small plumes of smoke were also said to be visible at the peak. Residents were reported fleeing from the area as well.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 November 2010 09:41 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 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


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


Villagers flee as Mount Sinabung volcano erupts again The Sinabung volcano, which lay dormant for 400 years erupted again on Friday, shooting a mushroomed-shape plume of smoke 3 km into the air and prompting the second evacuation of terrified residents. This eruption, the third this week, was three times stronger than the initial one recorded last Sunday. A second eruption followed on Monday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 September 2010 08:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sinabung volcano erupts after 400-year sleep The Sinabung volcano on the island of Sumatra erupted on Sunday for the first time in four centuries, sending smoke 1,500 meters into the air and prompting the evacuation of thousands of residents, officials said. There were no reports of casualties so far and aviation in the area was unaffected.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 29 August 2010 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Passengers flee Merpati plane at Lombok airport Merpati Nusantara Flight 6601 scheduled to fly from Mataram to Denpasar on Wednesday, July 14, 2010, failed to take off when passengers took matters into their own hands and abandoned the aircraft on the runway, prior to take-off at Selaparang Airport.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 18 July 2010 13:03 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


Possible new problems after gas leak pops up near mud flow The train track and main road between the large city of Surabaya and Malang has is threathened to be flooded once again near the Sidoarjo mud flow. At several locations along the main supporting dam along the road and the track, there is mud escaping via leaks.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 19 April 2010 03:25 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


A few hours in Jalan Jaksa I have been there before and I have written about it before. It is still a nice and not unimportant easy-to-reach destination for a quick lunch and a Large Bintang before you start the second half of the day. Just relaxing for a couple of hours, coming to terms after the first part of the day.

Posted in Travel @ 23 March 2010 09:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Burning gas source found in field near Riau village A burning gas source was found in the village of Sukamaju in te Rumbai Pesisir district in Pekanbaru, Riau Province. The location of the burning gas is not too far from the oil field that is been exploited by PT Chevron Pasifik Indonesia.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 March 2010 03:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fire in basement of Blok M Mall A fire broke out on the basement floor of the Blok M Plaza shopping center in South Jakarta. According to the fire department, it was likely that the fire was caused by a short circuit in one of the emergency power generators located on that floor. No people were injured in the fire as the mall was closed at the time when the fire broke out.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 December 2009 01:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smokers stand trial in Surabaya The district court in Surabaya has tried residents disobeying the smoking bylaw for the first time since it became in effect last year. Smoking in public areas has since been forbidden. One of the smokers that was convicted was disappointed about his trial, while he only had to pay 40,000 Rupiah (2.85 euro) in fines, where the maximum penalty has been set at 50 million Rupiah (3,571 euro).

Posted in Crime @ 21 November 2009 01:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Status of Mount Batur volcano raised to 'careful' The Mount Batur volcano, located on the island of Bali shows signs of renewed activity. The first recorded eruption of the volcano was in 1804. Since then it erupted at least 28 times with intervals of between one and 39 years. Normally the 1,717 meter high volcano erupts in a strombolian eruption where lava just flows out of it's crater. The last eruption as on July 7, 2000.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 November 2009 00:27 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


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

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


Playing fire chief in Jodoh It is something that children do, as well as adults. For adults it is a full-time job or volunteer job and not something you just do incidentally. But that last one is what happened two nights ago. It was just after six in the evening when a Dutch friend and I were having a beer in one of the many cafe's in the Jodoh area on the island of Batam. One of the Australians that entered before we did walked outside but came right back in. "There is a fire," he said with a normal voice.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 October 2009 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoke from burning factory Cileungsi visible It is a nice and clear Monday morning with some slight cloud cover along the skies. Nothing special to be seen from the window on the first floor. However, there is something strange actually. In the first place it looks just like a cloud hovering above the earths surface at low altitude, but it originates from a vertical column. Smoke. And where there is smoke, there is fire indeed.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 September 2009 05:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


How to scare the shit out of people Plane crashes normally are breaking news across the world because of their sudden nature and the often high numbers of casualties involved in that kind of accidents. Reporting such events - and others that are also causing worldwide news - should be handled with care. However it is not always that easy to select the information and images going with them. Making a mistake in a hurry is nothing uncommon as well.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 September 2009 11:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoke covers city of Palembang Smoke from forest fires in the region have once again covered the city of Palembang in South Sumatra. Activity on the Musi river has been slowed by the smoke. The smoke originates from forest fires which occur in forests around the Musi river itself and cause visibility to drop to some 200 meters.

Posted in Forest fires @ 14 September 2009 02:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoke affects South Sumatra and Kalimantan regions A thick smoke, caused by forest fires, covers Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan and is getting even thicker now. The visibility in some areas of the city is less than 50 meters. Residents of Palangkaraya hope for any rain to come soon, some even held an exceptional istisqo prayer, in which one asks for rain.

Posted in Forest fires @ 09 September 2009 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau governor asks to pray for rain Forest fires are once more disturbing the normal way of life for many people in Riau province on the island of Sumatra. Forest fires, lit by people to clear land for agriculture or by people who want to hide that they actually stole wood from the forest, are causing a dense haze over the area which even reaches as far as peninsular Malaysia.

Posted in Forest fires @ 09 August 2009 04:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Big fire destroys five shops at Pasar Baru A big fire that started yesterday afternoon and was only put out in the early days of this morning destroyed at least five shops in the Pasar Baru (or Passer Baroe as the old Dutch name is still used here) district in North Jakarta. The fire was hard to extinguish, so 28 fire trucks were sent to the location to combat the fire. According to a spokesperson of the city's Fire Department, the fire was said to have started around five in the afternoon.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 July 2009 03:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No-smoking laws enforced in North Jakarta The provincial government of the Special Capital Region of Jakarta (DKI Jakarta) has once again organized a no-smoking razzia. There are official no-smoking laws in the country and province, but they are rarely enforced. In North Jakarta seven places were checked for smokers; mainly malls and other public places were checked, including the main Boulevard Kelapa Gading.

Posted in General @ 18 June 2009 05:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A trip by bus from Kampung Rambutan to Karangbawang At the end of a Sunday afternoon we left from Lippo Cikarang in the direction of Kampung Rambutan, a bus terminal at the edge of Jakarta. From here we would take the bus later today. We would take the one headed for Cilacap at the southern coast of Central Java to bring a visit to the family of my girlfriend. The trip to the bus terminal took about one hour, which was only a small leg in the entire trip.

Posted in Travel @ 16 June 2009 07:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia ready to help Indonesia douse forest fires Malaysia is ready to help Indonesia put out its raging forest and open fires, the wind-blown smoke of which has caused a haze in some parts of Malaysia and reduced visibility and air quality. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak made the offer of assistance when asked whether Malaysia was prepared to help out, especially to extinguish the fires in Sumatra.

Posted in Forest fires @ 15 June 2009 11:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ruling Indonesia from behind the scenes; MUI moves again They did it again. After they managed to get some 500 percent duty in all imported liquor - a draconian measure that is currently killing people daily, but 'religion above everything' seems to be the motto of the MUI - they now managed to stop beef imports from New Zealand all together. Some imports from Australia have been banned as well. This means a big part of the 70.000 tonnes of beef will not be imported anymore.

Posted in Religion @ 06 June 2009 12:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoke from forest fires threathen Medan flights Smoke from forest fires starts to cause problems for flights from and to the airport of Medan, Polonia. Normally there is a sight of around six kilometers, but this has now dropped to only three. Strong winds from the forest fires in the direction of the airport and rainfall have caused thickening smoke around the airport.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 May 2009 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thick smoke forces schools in Riau to close down Thick smoke caused by forest fires in the province of Riau on the island of Sumatra has hampered school activities. A number of schools in the district of Rokan Hilir has been forced to close down. Already a number of schools has been closed down, also in the neighboring district of Bangko, where almost all elementary schools have been closed.

Posted in Environment @ 26 May 2009 19:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Slamet volcano erupts with hot molten rock Mount Slamet in West Java province has started to exhaust hot molten rock with flames. The volcano started to show this activity just after sunset yesterday evening. The rocks reached an height of up to 600 meters. The head of the observation post for Mount Slamet, Sukedi, sold that the volcano first ejected blackish clouds before the hot molten rock was exhausted.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 24 April 2009 02:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kerinci volcano also starts to rumble The activity of the Mount Kerinci volcano is increasing as well. This news follows after Mount Anak Krakatau is also more active than usual yesterday. Since yesterday, the volcano is rumbling without interruption. For now the rumbling takes place inside the volcano. "Since yesterday the activity of the Kerinci volcano is increasing. There are continuous explosions," according to the head of the observation post for Mount Kerinci, Heri Prasetyo.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 21 April 2009 05:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Black smoke from electric train carriage, passengers flee An electric train carriage on it's way from Jakarta to Bogor broke down near the Universitas Indonesia train station in Depok, just south of Jakarta, just after noon earlier today. The seventh carriage showed signs of black smoke at the time the train stopped there. At the time the train arrived at the Manggarai station earlier, there were already some problems with that carriage, but the driver decided to continue the trip to Bogor anyway.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 March 2009 12:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians ignore religious edicts against smoking, yoga Indonesia's most powerful Islamic scholars weren't looking for a debate when they handed down their latest fatwas on how to be a good Muslim. But they still got an argument and, perhaps worse, a chorus of "Who cares?" after decreeing that it is haram, or forbidden, to smoke in public, or for children and pregnant women to have a puff of tobacco anywhere.

Posted in Religion @ 07 February 2009 12:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gamalama volcano on alert after smoke from crater The Gamalama volcano on the island of Ternate in the province of North Maluku has been put on a higher alert and has now become an 'Aware'. This has been done after the volcano started to exhaust clouds of smoke with heights up to 400 meters into the air. Since last Tuesday the volcano continuously emits thick white smoke. The last eruption of the volcano was in 2003.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 23 January 2009 03:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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