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Indonesia 6.0 Magnitude EQ 12/20/2015

 

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2 earthquakes in map area

  1. M 4.6 – 38km ESE of Sembakung, Indonesia

    2015-12-20 21:38:39 UTC 10.0 km

  2. M 6.0 – 36km N of Tarakan, Indonesia

    2015-12-20 18:47:35 UTC 9.0 km

 

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NOAA’s National Weather Service

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Current date and time is: Dec 21, 2015 01:59 UTC

No Tsunami Warnings, Advisories or Watches are in effect

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The Japan Times

Borneo buffeted by strong, shallow M6.0 temblor but no tsunami threat: USGS

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A strong 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia early on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, but no immediate damage or casualties were reported.

The quake, which was relatively shallow, struck the northeastern corner of Kalimantan on the Indonesian part of Borneo island, 34 km (21 miles) north of the coastal city of Tarakan, according to the USGS.

The agency reported the quake hitting at a depth of 22 km.

Indonesia’s tsunami warning center said there was no potential for the quake to trigger tsunami. There were also no immediate reports of damage.

 

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Indonesia: Mount Bromo erupts, spews ash high into the sky

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Tengger Caldera. Mt Bromo crater is smoking at left, Batok cone in centre.
Semeru volcano is in the distance (right).

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Indonesian landslide buries 18 villagers

By AFP
Published: December 3, 2015
A rescue team searches for survivors and remove bodies after a landslide at Jemblung village in Banjarnegara, central Java province, on December 13, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

A rescue team searches for survivors and remove bodies after a landslide at Jemblung village in Banjarnegara, central Java province, on December 13, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA: A landslide triggered by torrential rains on Thursday engulfed a village in western Indonesia, burying 18 people, an official said.

Three have been found dead and rescuers are searching for the bodies of 15 others after the landslide hit the village of Lebong Tandai on Sumatra island, a hilly area known for gold mining.

Several houses were buried when mounds of earth and rocks surged down a hillside in the early hours, said disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

 

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Floods, landslides hit West, North Sumatra, cut off access

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Torrential rain has caused landslides in parts of West and North Sumatra, cutting off access and disrupting economic activity.

A 150-meter stretch of the highway connecting West Sumatra and Riau in Jorong Sopang, Pangkalan Koto Baru, Limapuluh Kota regency, was engulfed by up to a meter of floodwater on Sunday at 5 a.m. local time.

Limapuluh Kota Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) head Nasriyanto said the flooding was triggered by the overflowing Batang Manggilang River.

“Only large trucks were able to pass, resulting in other vehicles from Pekanbaru and Payakumbuh backing up 2 kilometers for eight hours,” Nasriyanto told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.

He said the heavy rain that had drenched the region in the past three days had triggered floods and landslides in a number of locations in the regency. At least 500 homes were engulfed by over 50 centimeters of floodwater and eight homes were reportedly damaged by a landslide on Sunday morning.

 

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Mysterious Illness Kills Dozens of Children in Indonesian Village

 

FILE – Mosquito nets helped control malaria after an outbreak in the late 1990s. Today, a mysterious illness initially thought to be malaria has hit Papua, killing at least 41 children within three weeks.

FILE – Mosquito nets helped control malaria after an outbreak in the late 1990s. Today, a mysterious illness initially thought to be malaria has hit Papua, killing at least 41 children within three weeks.

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A mysterious illness in Indonesia has killed dozens of children in a village in the remote eastern province of Papua in the past three weeks, leading to charges that the government has failed to take aggressive action.

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41 kids die from mystery
disease in Papua

A large number of children, many below the age of seven, have died of an unexplained disease in Mbuwa district, Nduga regency, Papua, following the start of the rainy season in early November.

A medical team consisting of health workers from Nduga, Wamena and Jayawijaya regencies arrived at the location but have yet to ascertain the cause of the deaths.

“As many as 41 children have died, as of today. They present with a slight illness at first but die shortly after these initial signs. The medical team from Nduga Health Office, assisted by the Wamena Health Office may have returned home, but the cause of these deaths remains uncertain,” said Mbuwa district chief Erias Gwijangge, during a call to The Jakarta Post on Monday.

Erias said Nduga and surrounding areas had experienced drought and were exposed to haze from forest fires. Rain only fell in the past month. When the rain began, a number of livestock, such as pigs and poultry, also died abruptly.

“Many of the children died prior to the livestock but there was no report of child fatalities, only in the last three days,” said Erias.

When contacted by the Post, Wamena City community health clinic analysis member Yan Hubi, who joined the trip to Mbuwa district, said his clinic analyzed blood samples of the children to find out if the children had been infected by malaria, but all were negative.

Yan returned to Mbuwa on Nov. 17. A doctor and several other medical workers are also continuing to conduct medical treatment in Mbuwa.

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Rendy Cipta MuliawanFlickr: Erupsi Gunung Sinabung dan Dampaknya dilingkungan sekitar

Damaged plants due to eruption    Wikipedia.org

 

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MEDAN – Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, erupted forcefully once again on Wednesday and may threaten the opening of the Lake Toba Festival by Tourism Minister Arief Yahya in Berastagi, also in Karo, slated for Thursday.

No casualties were reported following the eruption, but pyroclastic flows drifting to the southeast affected a number of villages that have long been abandoned by residents.

“The current wind direction is directed to the southwest, but if it blows to the east the Lake Toba Festival will be disrupted as the spread of ash would reach Berastagi,” Mt. Sinabung Observation Station staff member Deri Hidayat told The Jakarta Post.

Deri said the volcano discharged the clouds at 1:47 a.m. and 9:28 a.m.

He added the pyroclastic clouds, which drifted as far as 3.5 kilometers, affected Bekerah and Simacem villages.

He said both villages had long been left empty as they were inside a designated danger zone.

Deri added that Mt. Sinabung had also emitted volcanic ash to a height of 2,000 meters toward the southwest. He said the spread of ash could disrupt the Lake Toba Festival if the wind changed direction in coming days.

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September 24, 2015

 

Man holding a big fish to the camera in a fish market with baskets of fish in the background

UC Davis researchers found plastic and fibrous debris in 25 percent of the fish sold in Indonesian and California markets. (Dale Trockel/photo)

Roughly a quarter of the fish sampled from fish markets in California and Indonesia contained human-made debris — plastic or fibrous material — in their guts, according to a study from the University of California, Davis, and Hasanuddin University in Indonesia.

The study, published today in the journal Scientific Reports, is one of the first to directly link plastic and human-made debris to the fish on consumers’ dinner plates.

“It’s interesting that there isn’t a big difference in the amount of debris in the fish from each location, but in the type — plastic or fiber,” said lead author Chelsea Rochman, a David H. Smith postdoctoral fellow in the Aquatic Health Program at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. “We think the type of debris in the fish is driven by differences in local waste management.”

‘Waiter, there’s some plastic in my fish’

The researchers sampled 76 fish from markets in Makassar, Indonesia, and 64 from Half Moon Bay and Princeton in California. All of the fragments recovered from fish in Indonesia were plastic. In contrast, 80 percent of the debris found in California fish was fibers, whereas not a single strand of fiber was found in Indonesian fish.

 

 

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Have you noticed that seismic activity along the Ring of Fire appears to be dramatically increasing?  According to Volcano Discovery, 39 volcanoes around the world have recently erupted, and 32 of them are associated with the Ring of Fire.  This includes Mt. Popocatepetl which sits only about 50 miles away from Mexico City’s 18 million inhabitants.  If you are not familiar with the Ring of Fire, it is an area roughly shaped like a horseshoe that runs along the outer perimeter of the Pacific Ocean.  Approximately 90 percent of all earthquakes and approximately 75 percent of all volcanic eruptions occur along the Ring of Fire.  Just within the last 24 hours, we have witnessed a 4.4, a 5.4 and a 5.7 earthquake in Alaska, a 6.8 earthquake in Chile and 20 earthquakes in Indonesia of at least magnitude 4.3.  And as you will see below, this violent shaking along the Ring of Fire seems to continue a progression of major disasters that began back during the month of September.

 

For whatever reason, our planet suddenly seems to be waking up.  Unfortunately, the west coast of the United States is one of the areas where this is being felt the most.  The little city of San Ramon, California is about 45 miles east of San Francisco, and over the past several weeks it has experienced a record-breaking 583 earthquakes

 

A total of 583 small earthquakes have shaken San Ramon, California, in the last three weeks or so – more than five times the record set 12 years ago, according to the latest US Geological Survey updates.

 

“It’s the swarm with the largest number of total earthquakes in San Ramon,” said USGS scientist David Schwartz, who is more concerned about the size of quakes than he is the total number of them. Still, the number tops the previous record set in 2003, when 120 earthquakes hit over 31 days, with the largest clocking in at a magnitude of 4.2.

 

Could this be a prelude to a major seismic event in California?

 

We shall see what happens.

 

Meanwhile, records are being shattered in the middle part of the country as well.

 

For instance, the state of Oklahoma has already set a brand new yearly record for earthquakes

 

The state recorded its 587th earthquake of 3.0 magnitude or higher early this week, breaking the previous record of 585. That record was set for all of 2014, meaning that Oklahoma has now had more 3.0 magnitude or higher earthquakes so far in 2015 than it did in all of 2014. So far this year, E&E News reports, Oklahoma’s averaged 2.5 quakes each day, a rate that, if it continues, means the state could see more than 912 earthquakes by the end of this year.

 

Oklahoma has also experienced 21 4.0 magnitude or greater earthquakes so far this year — an increase over last year, which saw 14.

 

And just over this past weekend there was a very disturbing series of earthquakes in the state

 

Starting with a magnitude-4.1 temblor at 5:11 a.m. close to the Oklahoma-Kansas border, the region experienced a series of six earthquakes within a 75-minute period Saturday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported on its website.

 

The largest earthquake Saturday morning was the 4.1, which had an epicenter nine miles northwest of Medford, Okla., 59 miles southwest of Wichita.

 

That was followed by five more quakes near Medford with magnitudes of 2.5, 2.8, 2.5, 3.1 and 2.9 – the last of which came at 6:24 a.m.

 

A seventh earthquake – this one a magnitude-4.2 temblor – was recorded at 12:29 p.m., 10 miles north-northwest of Medford.

 

So why aren’t more Americans alarmed that these records are being broken?

 

 

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M6.4 – NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 6.4
Date-Time
  • 8 Nov 2015 16:47:01 UTC
  • 8 Nov 2015 22:47:02 near epicenter
  • 8 Nov 2015 10:47:01 standard time in your timezone
Location 6.838N 94.724E
Depth 7 km
Distances
  • 123 km (76 mi) NNW of Sabang, Indonesia
  • 156 km (96 mi) NNW of Banda Aceh, Indonesia
  • 211 km (130 mi) NW of Sigli, Indonesia
  • 248 km (153 mi) NW of Reuleuet, Indonesia
  • 873 km (541 mi) WNW of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 6.1 km; Vertical 3.1 km
Parameters Nph = 121; Dmin = 303.7 km; Rmss = 1.79 seconds; Gp = 33°
Version =
Event ID us 10003vry

For updates, maps, and technical information, see: Event Page or USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

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Map showing extent (w,s,e,n) = (89.6609, 1.8456000000000001, 99.6609, 11.845600000000001)
6.846°N 94.661°E depth=10.0 km (6.2 mi)View interactive map

 

19 earthquakes in map area

  1. 4.9 92km NW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-09 07:13:30 UTC 35.0 km
  2. 5.3 77km NNW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-09 06:12:18 UTC 43.5 km
  3. 4.9 150km NW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 20:59:39 UTC 10.0 km
  4. 4.7 154km NNW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 20:30:06 UTC 10.0 km
  5. 5.0 149km NW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 19:14:46 UTC 10.0 km
  6. 4.6 143km NW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 18:48:44 UTC 10.0 km
  7. 4.7 110km NNW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 17:46:51 UTC 10.0 km
  8. 5.2 127km NNW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 16:59:20 UTC 10.0 km
  9. M 6.4 – 128km NW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 16:47:02 UTC 10.0 km

  10. 4.9 144km NW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 16:42:38 UTC 10.0 km
  11. 4.8 139km NNW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 15:49:47 UTC 15.7 km
  12. 4.9 143km NW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 14:47:01 UTC 10.0 km
  13. 5.1 130km NW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 14:34:05 UTC 10.0 km
  14. 4.7 149km NNW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 13:38:38 UTC 7.4 km
  15. 5.2 135km NW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 13:23:48 UTC 13.5 km
  16. 5.1 125km NW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 11:54:42 UTC 32.2 km
  17. 4.9 137km NNW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 10:53:35 UTC 53.8 km
  18. 5.2 138km NW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 10:42:04 UTC 27.1 km
  19. 4.8 147km NW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 10:04:36 UTC 18.0 km

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Forest / Wild Fire Indonesia Province of Central Java, [Mount Merapi] Damage level Details

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Forest / Wild Fire in Indonesia on Monday, 02 November, 2015 at 03:56 (03:56 AM) UTC.

Description
About 200 climbers are trapped were reported trapped after forest fire in Selo District sector on Mount Merapi, Central Java. Tempo gathered information that fire first appeared around 9 am Sunday, November 1, on a cliff around Pos 1, then the fire began to spread but not close the climbing lane. Head of Disaster Management Operation Control Center (Pusdalops) of the Boyolali Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) Kurniawan Fajar Prasetyo said together with a SAR team and local residents, they are trying to evacuate the climbers. “We are trying that all hikers can go down,” he said Sunday. According to Kurniawan, about 300 climbers went off, most of them departed from the Barameru Post, Selo, on Friday last week. So far around 100 people have been evacuated. Kurniawan said, health condition of the climbers that were evacuated are well. Some of them immediately return to their homes, some of them are staying to wait for their friends who are still trapped. While evacuating climbers, officers are fighting fire around Post 1. Kurniawan said if fire is not immediately extinguished, it could expand and close the climbing lane. Cause and the extent of the fire is not immediately known.

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The Huffington Post

Indonesian Forest Fires Have Been Burning Since August

Posted: 02/11/2015 16:07 AEST Updated: 2 hours ago
INDONESIA FIRE

Millions of acres of pristine, irreplaceable and invaluable Indonesian forest has been reduced to smouldering blackened ash, as 100,000 fires rage through the island region.

The sheer size and scale of the fire crisis is difficult to properly comprehend. Some of these fires have been burning since August, torching forest eons old and blanketing Papua, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and countless islands of Indonesia in thick grey hazy smoke.

The World Resources Institute reports a staggering 127,000 fires have been reported in the region in 2015, the majority sparking and taking off in recent months.

Pictures from NASA’s Earth Observatory, show the extent of smoke from the fires — these images were taken over Borneo.

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Earlier in October, Indonesia’s Forestry Ministry reported 4.2 million acres of forest had been burnt out, a figure which is sure to have risen since first reported.

Carbon emissions from the fires, at their peak, surpassed emissions belched out by the entire United States of America. More than half a million people have reported respiratory problems.

 

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