• Associated Press Mar 18, 2019

    Flash Floods, Earthquake in Indonesia Kill Over 80

    The number of people killed after torrential downpours triggered flash floods and mudslides that tore through mountainside villages in Indonesia’s easternmost province has climbed to 79, with dozens of others missing, officials said Monday. On Sunday, the disaster-prone country was hit by an earthquake, triggering a landslide that hit a popular waterfall on the tourist island of Lombok, killing at...

  • ASIA Mar 1, 2019

    Nearly 3 Dozen People Have Been Trapped for Days in Collapsed Gold Mine in Indonesia

    Rescuers brought an excavator to the remote Indonesian gold mine that collapsed earlier this week, trapping dozens, hoping to speed up rescue efforts despite the risk of triggering landslides. The death toll has risen to eight and 20 have been rescued, local disaster official Abdul Muin Paputungan said Friday. About three dozen people are still believed trapped in the rubble...

  • ASIA Feb 27, 2019

    Workers Dig by Hand to Free Dozens in Indonesia Mine Rubble

    A grueling search and rescue effort has saved 19 people from the debris of a collapsed illegal gold mine in Indonesia’s North Sulawesi province but officials said Wednesday that several dozen remain trapped. The national disaster agency said four people are confirmed dead and an estimated 37 are still buried beneath soil and rocks in an area that is difficult...

  • Governor Oct 11, 2018

    Indonesia's Grim Search for Disaster Victims Nears Its End

    ndonesia’s search for victims buried in neighborhoods annihilated by an earthquake and tsunami is nearing its end almost two weeks after the double disasters hit the remote city of Palu in central Sulawesi. Authorities had said the official search and rescue effort would end Thursday with prayers in areas of the city such as Balaroa, Petobo and Jono Oge where...

  • teacher Oct 7, 2018

    Indonesian Officials Fear 5,000 Missing as Christians Pray

    Christians dressed in their tidiest clothes flocked to Sunday sermons in the earthquake and tsunami damaged Indonesian city of Palu, seeking answers as the death toll from the twin disasters breached 1,700 and officials said they feared more than 5,000 others could be missing. Indonesia’s disaster agency said the number of dead had climbed to 1,763, mostly in Palu. Agency...

  • food Oct 4, 2018

    Signs of Life Detected in Rubble of Quake-Hit Indonesian Hotel

    A French rescue team said Thursday it has detected a possible sign of life under the rubble of a hotel in Indonesia’s Sulawesi island nearly a week after it was hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunami, as the death toll rose to more than 1,500. Philip Besson, a member of the French organization Pompiers de l’urgence, said the team’s...

  • spokesman Aug 20, 2018

    Quake Swarm Jolts Stricken Indonesian Islands, Killing at Least 12

    Multiple strong earthquakes killed at least a dozen people on the Indonesian islands of Lombok and Sumbawa as the region was trying to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people. A shallow magnitude 6.9 quake that hit about 10 p.m. was one of several powerful earthquakes Sunday in the northeast of Lombok that also caused...

  • spokesman Aug 9, 2018

    Indonesian Island Hit by 3rd Strong Earthquake as Death Toll Tops 300

    The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week Thursday as the official death toll from the most powerful of the quakes topped 300. The strong aftershock, measured at magnitude 5.9 by the U.S. Geological Survey, caused panic, damage to buildings, landslides and injuries. It was centered in the northwest of...

  • spokesman Aug 9, 2018

    Indonesia Quake Deaths Top 130, Aid Effort Intensifies

    Aid began reaching isolated areas of the Indonesian island struggling after an earthquake that killed at least 131 people as rescuers Wednesday doubled down on efforts to find those buried in the rubble. Volunteers and rescue personnel were erecting more temporary shelters for the tens of thousands left homeless on Lombok by the magnitude 7.0 quake on Sunday evening. Water,...

  • spokesman Jul 29, 2018

    Indonesian Earthquake Kills at Least 14, Injures More Than 150

    A strong and shallow earthquake early Sunday killed at least 14 people and injured more than 160 on Indonesia’s Lombok island, a popular tourist destination next to Bali, officials said. The quake damaged more than 1,000 houses and was felt in a wider area, including on Bali, where no damage or casualties were reported. The U.S. Geological Survey said the...

  • Australia Mar 19, 2018

    Indonesia's Sinabung Volcano Unleashes Towering Ash Column

    Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes on Monday. There were no fatalities or injuries from the morning eruption, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said. The volcano, one of three currently erupting in Indonesia, was dormant for four...

  • United States Dec 16, 2017

    Earthquake Rattles Indonesia's Java Island, 2 Dead

    A strong earthquake shook Indonesia’s densely populated Java island on Friday night, killing two people and severely damaging dozens of homes near the epicenter. The quake struck at 11:47 p.m. and was felt across the island, including about 200 kilometers (124 miles) away in the capital Jakarta, where office towers and apartment buildings swayed. Powerful tremors lasted as much as...

  • Indonesia Sep 27, 2017

    Fearing Imminent Eruption of Bali Volcano, Thousands Flee as Tremors Intensify

    The exodus from a menacing volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali is nearing 100,000 people, a disaster official said Wednesday, as hundreds of tremors from the mountain are recorded daily. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said more than 96,000 people have now fled the area around Mount Agung in the northeast of the island. Villagers began leaving in...

  • Indonesia Feb 2, 2017

    Giant Lava Stream Explodes into Ocean in Hawaii

    In this Feb. 1, 2017, video, a dramatic and dangerous stream of lava from Kilauea Volcano is pouring out of a sea cliff on Hawaii Island, splashing into the Pacific Ocean below and exploding upon impact.

  • spokesman Dec 8, 2016

    Aid Groups Descend on Indonesia Quake Zone; Deaths Reach 102

    Humanitarian organizations descended on Indonesia’s Aceh province Thursday as the government in Jakarta promised tons of emergency aid and officials raced to assess the full extent of damage from an earthquake that killed more than 100 people. Search efforts involving volunteers and nearly 1,500 rescue personnel were concentrated on the hard-hit town of Meureudu in Pidie Jaya district near the...

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