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Earthquake at Jakarta (Indonesia)

Lord Klorel
This is a news report from CNN:

CNN wrote:
JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) -- Rescue crews in devastated central Java on Sunday scrambled to reach survivors of the massive 6.3-magnitude earthquake that killed more than 3,000 people, injured thousands and flattened communities in the heavily populated Indonesian region.

UNICEF told CNN as many as 3,700 have died.

The United Nations and aid agencies mobilized to provide health care, water, food, tents and other supplies. Military troops were deployed to Jakarta to help dig people out of the rubble from the quake and evacuate victims.

"The challenge is to make sure there is no mismatch between what is needed and what is being offered," said Dr. Marty Natalegawa, the Indonesian ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Relief workers were hampered by power outages, for which there were few generators, and the closure of Yogyakarta's heavily damaged airport. Relief flights had to be diverted to other airfields.

Trevor Rowe, a spokesman for the World Food Programme, told CNN from New York that roads were in good condition for travel. He said the organization was planning to take 80 tons of food into the quake region by helicopter, several teams of doctors and 5,000 pounds of medicine.

The quake struck just before dawn Saturday about 15 miles (25 kilometers) south-southwest of Yogyakarta, near the volcano Mount Merapi. Most of the fatalities occurred in the Bantul district just south of of Yogyakarta.

Many people were sleeping at the time, didn't have enough time to escape, and were entombed in their beds. Around 200,000 survivors were left homeless and many took refuge in makeshift tent cities.

The latest death toll from Indonesia's Social Affairs Ministry of 3,295 is expected to rise, according to Reuters.

Hospitals have been overwhelmed. Field hospitals have been set up and people have been treated by health care providers are on the streets. At the same time, many people were reluctant to enter hospitals because they feared structural damage caused by aftershocks.

"We need more paramedics and field hospitals to take care of those who are injured," Andy Mallarangeng, spokesman for Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, told CNN on Sunday.

Ring of fire
Indonesia sits on the Asia Pacific's so-called "ring of fire," marked by heavy volcanic and tectonic activity and scientists worried about the impact of the quake on Mount Merapi, which villagers have watched closely in the past few weeks -- before the quake.

Many aid workers anticipating a major eruption were stationed in the region and they have shifted their attention to earthquake relief. Relief teams who remained in the area following the massive 2004 Asian tsunami helped as well.

On Sunday, two strong earthquakes were reported in the Pacific, a 6.2-magnitude quake in Papua New Guinea and a 6.7-magnitude quake in Tonga.

Countries across the globe pledged monetary aid adding up to millions of dollars (Where to donate).

The tasks of finding the dead and injured, and removing rubble from collapsed buildings are being complicated by electric power outages in the area and a shortage of earth-moving equipment and generators.

"We are in dire need of assistance and relief," particularly antibiotics and medical staff, Foreign Ministry spokesman Desra Percaya told CNN.

Most of the dead are being found in Bantul, a district near the Java coast just south of the historic tourist destination of Yogyakarta, about 250 miles (400 kilometers) southeast of the capital, Jakarta. (See where the quake hit)

The National Disaster Coordinating Agency said that there were more than 2,000 deaths and nearly 1,900 people injured in Bantul alone. Yogyakarta and other communities also reported deaths. (Full story)

"My daughter here was buried under the rubble. We got her out, but we could not save my other daughter. ... It was just horrible," Reuters quoted Karjiman, a Bantul farmer, as saying. His wife was also injured, Reuters reported. (Watch traumatized survivors comprehend what's happening -- 2:12)

"Currently there are probably up to 150,000 people displaced from their homes," Brook Weisman-Ross, disaster coordinator for Plan International, told CNN from Yogyakarta. Fears of a possible tsunami and aftershocks sent people racing for higher ground and sleeping outdoors. (Watch cars crushed by concrete -- 3:13 )

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono urged people to work round the clock, as he visited the region Saturday afternoon.

"Patients are still in the streets," said Malcolm Johnston, a representative of the International Federation of the Red Cross in Bantul. "Anywhere you can hang a drip, they're hanging a drip."

The injured are being treated in the streets because hospitals are overwhelmed and because of fears of buildings collapsing amid another earthquake, said Puji Pujiono of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. (Watch hospitals struggle to cope with a mass influx of patients -- 0:40)

Relief on the way
UNICEF already has deployed staff to Yogyakarta and said it has prepared emergency supplies that include: 9,000 tarpaulins, 850 hygiene kits, 1,165 small tents, 753 large tents, 4,000 lanterns, 160 collapsible water tanks, 1,707 school kits, 50 school tents, 152 recreation kits, and 90 school-in-a-box school supplies.

The American Red Cross, which has had more than 20 workers in the country since the 2004 tsunami, has donated $100,000 and is planning a flyover to assess the devastation Sunday, said spokeswoman Carol Miller.

A planeload of relief supplies also is on the way with more than 5,000 pounds of medical supplies and two portable water treatment facilities, she said.

The Indonesian Red Cross, with a staff of 400 people, responded with two medical action teams, disaster and youth volunteers, field kitchens, ambulances, tents and one health post, said Miller.

Relief flights were diverted from Yogyakarta airport, which was closed because of damage to the runway and terminal, to the nearby city of Solo.

The earthquake is the worst disaster since the December 26, 2004 magnitude-9 earthquake that triggered a tsunami, killing at least 131,029 people in Indonesia alone. Another earthquake on March 28, 2005 killed about 900 people off the western coast of Sumatra.

What i heard in other news reports is that this quake will start a speedy up reaction of the volcano.

BBC wrote:
If you believe in the significance of anniversaries, there could still be plenty to fear from Mount Merapi, the volcano on Java which has been spewing out ash and lava for the past three weeks.

Travel a short distance west of the mountain, and you come across the magnificent Buddhist monument of Borobudur.

It was built during the eighth and ninth centuries, but its breathtaking reliefs and stupas were hidden from the rest of the world for eight centuries, after a massive eruption by Merapi covered it with ash.

The year was 1006, the last time the volcano really blew its top.

Since then Merapi has been very active, but confined itself to smaller eruptions that only endanger those living on its upper slopes.

'Nothing dramatic'

And despite the anniversary, that is all the vulcanologists believe it is going to do this time.

The millions of people crowded lower down, under Merapi's shadow, are not at risk from a Krakatoa-style cataclysm. But the mountain is still unpredictable; its cone is steep and fragile.

I don't know about tomorrow, all I can say is everything is all right today

"Gate-keeper" Marijan

Mystic defies volcano alert
So the government is trying to persuade the several thousand who live in higher villages that they must stay in the temporary camps, set up in schools and public buildings.

It is not having much success. Although all the roads leading up into the danger zone are now barred by police road-blocks, they invariably allow local residents to go back to their villages to look after their homes and livestock.

When we drove nervously up to the highest village on Merapi's southern slope, all the men were sitting there, apparently unconcerned by all the volcanic activity 1,000 metres above them.

We know this mountain, they said. We don't believe it's going to do anything dramatic.


Most of the women, children and elderly are still hanging on in the camps, but their patience is wearing thin.

People are tired of camp life and want to go home
There is a pretty well-oiled relief operation looking after them, but still they are starting to complain about the food, the cramped sleeping quarters, and an assortment of ailments afflicting the children. They want to go home.

You would think the experience of a neighbouring village 12 years ago would counsel more caution. Then there were eruptions on a similar scale to those of the past three weeks, and they were also ignored by local people.

Sixty died horrible deaths after being engulfed in a scalding cloud of gas that spewed suddenly out of the crater.

But the local people do not listen to government officials. They listen to Marijan, the old "gate-keeper" to the volcano who enjoys an intimate spiritual relationship with Merapi.

He insists there is nothing to worry about, and he has refused official pleading that he set an example to everyone else and come down from the danger zone.

Sacred site

Mt Merapi is sacred to the people of central Java
Merapi is much more than just a mountain to the people of central Java.

It is seen as a representation of the sacred Mount Meru of Hindu mythology, or as the home of more ancient Javanese spirits, and as one of the forces governing the fortunes of the old royal city of Yogyakarta, along with Ratu Kidul, the treacherous goddess of the south seas.

The Sultan of Yogyakarta, although a devout Muslim like most of his subjects, pays homage to these forces in yearly rituals.

Benign or malevolent, they are something people here have lived with for so long it is difficult for them to take the warnings of the vulcanologists that seriously.

If Merapi does live up to its reputation for dangerous unpredictability, there is still a chance that someone will get hurt.

I hope that all this nature activity will come to an end. If God would excist then we must ask that he stop this dark activity's.
when i heard it i got angry and afraid...After that i don't want to think about that because it limits me every where!
Indonesia is stuck on a pretty crappy place, because that's where 2 techtonic plates meet - meaning they are going to have LOTS of Earthquakes. It's like living in California.

God, but after that tsunami things have been torn up so bad over there...I really wish that the whole natural disaster crap will stop over there. Those poor people have gone through enough.

But that I think is the true crime to humanity is like, after a month, the tsunami newss got old and no one cared anymore (typical Amercia.) and they stopped giving money to them. Which, in turn, leads to more problems. If we want to keep people safe, we have to make the safest enviornment for them.
How sad I didn't even see that the red cross was going to go over there to help. Even though I assume they will send groups today and tommrow.
what a fate .two major earthquakes ..
Agreed that they are on a... less than desireable area on the plates.
Ouch, sucks to be them
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