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Turtle found dead in Indonesia with plastic waste in stomach

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, 14 December 2018 12:00 PM


Dead turtle found in Congot Beach | Reuters

A turtle was found dead earlier this week in Indonesia with plastic waste hanging from its remains, environment activists said.

This is the first time a turtle is found with so much plastic waste in its stomach, said Hary Hermanto who found the turtle on Congot beach on Sunday (December 9). He added the cause of death was unclear.

Last month a sperm whale found dead in a national park in Indonesia had nearly six kilograms (13.2 lbs) of plastic waste, including 115 cups, in its stomach.

Five Asian nations  China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand — account for up to 60 percent of plastic waste leaking into oceans, said a 2015 report by the environmental campaigner Ocean Conservancy and the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment. — Reuters

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Indonesian authorities vow to improve warning system in wake of deadly tsunami

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 27 December 2018 02:33 PM



Aerial shot of flooded residential areas in wake of tsunami in Labuan, Indonesia | Reuters

The Indonesian authorities are working to upgrade the warning system after a deadly tsunami caught the locals unprepared on Saturday.

The tsunami came without warning. Nobody had a clue that a 20-meter-high wave was heading toward the town of Banten in West Java.

The main cause was the eruption of Anak Krakatau, a volcano that emerged just less than 100 years ago. Locals say that as rumblings and eruptions are common occurrences,the recent eruption did not strike them as suspicious.

The last eruption of Krakatau was at exactly the same spot in 1883 — 135 years ago. It generated big waves, which killed hundreds of thousands of people.

This time, the tsunami hit at 21:27 Jakarta time on Saturday, after the eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano triggered underwater landslides, leading to a sudden rise of the sea level.

“We are still trying to figure out what caused this new phenomenon. The activity of Krakatau itself didn’t cause the landslide. We believe it is due to many factors. At the time the landslide took place, there were also heavy rain and volcanic tremors. All of those combined resulted in this powerful underwater landslide that caused the tsunami,” said Ratdomo Purbo, a geology expert from the Indonesian Energy Ministry.

This new phenomenon is entirely different to the Indian Ocean tsunami that washed over Banda Aceh and many other Asian countries in 2004. Those waves were triggered by a magnitude-9 earthquake.

Now, experts are trying to understand what happened beneath the sea surface as that volcano was erupting on Saturday. This might take time. The government would have to send teams into the area frequently to do a proper survey. But right now, it is still too dangerous because another eruption could trigger a fresh tsunami.

Authorities have released yet another warning telling residents around the area to be cautious of waves that could reach up to 4 meters high.

“Our equipment at the earthquake and tsunami center needs to be updated and more advanced. We hope that in the future we can give out warnings much faster, not just for tsunamis caused by tectonic movements but volcanic tremors too,” said Joko Siswanto, regional head of the Indonesian meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency (BMKG) Banten.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo is now prioritizing warning centers to have high-quality equipment that can help to detect activities underwater to prepare themselves in case a tragedy of this scale happens again in the future.

The tsunami has killed at least 430 people as of Wednesday, leaving 1,495 injured and 159 others missing.

It has also displaced 21,991 residents and damaged nearly 1,000 houses in the affected areas. — Reuters

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Carita in west Indonesia devastated by tsunami

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 26 December 2018 01:30 PM


Aerial shot of damaged farmland, coastline in Carita, Banten Province, Indonesia | Reuters

Drone video footage Tuesday reveals the serious devastations in Carita in Banten Province left behind by a deadly tsunami triggered by a volcanic eruption in Sunda Strait of western Indonesia.

As shown in the footage, Carita including 10 villagers, received the brunt of the tsunami, with farmlands being severely damaged, a huge signal tower collapsed, and many houses completely or partly destroyed.

The tsunami, triggered by an underwater landslide after the eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano Saturday night, has killed 429 people and injured 1,459 others.

It also has destroyed 882 houses, 73 hotels and villas and scores of buildings, and displaced a total of 16,082 people.

Over 2,000 soldiers and police, along with personnel from the search and rescue office and the disaster management agency office as well as volunteers, are participating in relief operation, which still puts a priority on the search and rescue of the victims.

Anak Krakatau, or Child of Krakatoa, is one of the 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia, a nation of 17,500 islands, sitting on a quake-prone zone of so-called “the Pacific Ring of Fire.”

It is the remnant of the Krakatau volcano that collapsed into small volcanic islands after a ferocious eruption in August 1883, which also prompted a devastating tsunami that killed more than 36,000 people in Banten. — Reuters


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Anak Krakatau continues to erupt day after devastating tsunami kills at least 280 in Sunda Strait

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 24 December 2018 12:34 PM


Anak Krakatua volcano erupting seen from air | Photo courtesy of Susi Air via REUTERS

Anak Krakatau volcano erupted day after its eruption was believed to have triggered a tsunami that killed at least 280 people in Sunda Strait.

Aerial footage shared with Reuters showed the volcano erupting at around 5pm local time (0200GMT) on Sunday (December 23).

Ben van der Pluijm, an earthquake geologist and a professor in the University of Michigan, said the tsunami may have been caused by a “partial collapse” of Anak Krakatau.

Anak Krakatau, which lies roughly halfway between Java and Sumatra, has been spewing ash and lava for months. It erupted again just after 9 p.m. on Saturday and the tsunami struck at around 9.30 p.m., according to BMKG, the Indonesia‘s meteorology and geophysical agency. — Reuters

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