Two Die and Many More Trapped in the Tourist Resort of Lombok, Bali

About 30 tourists have been evacuated from a waterfall site hit by landslides on the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok, where two people have died, authorities say. A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Lombok Sunday, just hours after…

Rare Tornado Leaves Trail of Destruction in the Indonesian City of Bogor, West Java 

A tornado hit the Indonesian city of Bogor in West Java on Thursday afternoon (Dec 6), claiming one life and leaving a trail of wreckage, according to local media reports. The incident, which took place at about 3 pm local time, killed…

Indonesian Lion Air plane crashes 13 min after take-off

An early Lion Air flight out of Jakarta on Monday (29th Oct) lost contact with control 13 minutes after take-off. The plan a Boeing 737-800 is capable of carrying 210 passengers. It was not clear how many people were on board “It…

Update – 12 days on and the toll increases to 1760 dead and 5000 missing in Indonesia

The death toll from the 28th September 7.5 magnitude earthquake that spawned a tsunami in Indonesia has risen to 1763, with 5000 believed buried in deep mud and under the debris of collapsed buildings and homes. Local rescuers were continuing…

Death toll soars to 82 after another tragic Indonesian quake

Last week a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok, that earthquake killed a dozen people and injured many more. As the island was just beginning to start the recovery process a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, last night,…

At least 7 killed after heavy rain caused landslides in central Java

As of noon, on Friday on 23rd  February at least seven people are confirmed dead and 13 others missing after a landslide in Central Java. Five people are injured and are being treated at hospitals. A total of 245 people have been displaced…

Cyclone Cempaka hits Indonesia killing 41

A tropical cyclone ‘Cempaka’ landed on Indonesia’s main island of Java killed 41 people, the country’s disaster agency said from Java, more than double the initial toll, with tens of thousands displaced by severe flooding and landslides. Among the victims…

Fireworks factory fire kills more than 47 people in Indonesia

At least 47 people have been killed in an explosion and fire at a fireworks factory near Jakarta, Thursday 26th Oct. There are many missing from the 103 employees, working in the factory at the time, bodies are still being…

Extended dry season sees forest fires spread rapidly in Indonesia

Fires had spread to more than 60ha of fields and forests in Aceh, Sumatra and some residents had been taken to hospital due to breathing problems due to the haze. Indonesia’s disaster agency has warned of an increasing threat of…

Another Indonesian volcano

Mount Sinabung has erupted repeatedly in recent days, pumping hot gas clouds up to 3km into the sky. The volcano on Indonesia’s Sumatra island spewed hot smoke and ash high into the air on Wednesday (Apr 12), in its latest…

Indonesia rejects U.S. research estimate of 100,000 ‘haze’ deaths

By Fergus Jensen and Bernadette Christina Munthe JAKARTA (Reuters) – Harvard and Columbia university research showing smoke from land fires in Southeast Asia led to more than 100,000 premature deaths last year “makes no sense at all,” an official at…

Hi Tech smoke detection to solve the Asian haze problem

Indonesia is planning a hi-tech monitoring network to protect peatland at the centre of last year’s raging fires that cloaked Southeast Asia in toxic haze, a senior official said on Tuesday (Jun 28). Monitoring devices will be installed in the…

Game-changing technology used to control fires and floods

Indonesia will be using Japanese technology to monitor the water levels in low laying areas. The monitors buried deep in the ground send real-time data from the censor, this information will allow water managers to make decisions on water flows…

Huge quake strikes off Indonesia but tsunami warnings cancelled

By Kanupriya Kapoor and Eveline Danubrata JAKARTA (Reuters) – A massive quake struck on Wednesday off the Indonesian island of Sumatra, a region devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean quake and tsunami, but initial fears of another region-wide disaster faded…

Indonesian forest fires last year cost the country at least $16 billion in economic losses

Forest fires in Indonesia last year cost the country at least $16 billion in economic losses, equivalent to 1.9 per cent of its GDP, according to the World Bank. The haze had “a direct and palpable impact” on the nation’s…

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) deploys international specialists Working on Fire (WoF) to strengthen firefighting response and prepare for 2016

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) has deployed specialist fire management teams and firefighters from Working on Fire (WoF) to enhance national firefighting efforts currently underway in South Sumatra, Indonesia. Managing wildfire requires effective integration of ground and aerial resources,…

Death toll up to 17 and dozens injured in blaze at Indonesian Karaoke bar

At least 17 people have been killed and dozens injured in a fire that tore through a crowded karaoke bar on Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island. The fire appears to have been started by an electrical short-circuit on the second floor of…

Seven Killed in Java Wildfire

Seven hikers were killed and two others suffered severe burns when a wildfire broke out on a mountain on Indonesia’s main island of Java, an official said Monday (Oct 19). The group was climbing on Mount Lawu when the accident…

Pacific 7.7 magnitude Earthquake

A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 has struck off Papua New Guinea, just before midnight on the 29th March official monitors say, and a tsunami warning has been issued. The quake was at a depth of 65 kilometres,…

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