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400-year-old Tradition Benefits Fisheries
2012-10-11 13:12:07

A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society and James Cook University says that coral reefs in Aceh, Indonesia are benefiting from a decidedly low-tech, traditional management system that dates back to the 17th century. Known as "Panglima Laot" — the customary system focuses on social harmony and reducing conflict among communities over marine resources. According to the study, reefs benefitting from Panglima Laot contain as much eight time more fish and hard-coral cover due to...

Indonesian Earthquake: Update
2012-04-11 08:37:20

Lawrence LeBlond for RedOrbit.com Wednesday´s powerful 8.6-magnitude earthquake that struck off Indonesia´s western coast at 2:38 p.m. local time, was followed by fears of a tsunami, gripping a region that still had the 2004 tsunami -- one that ravaged numerous coastal communities along the Indian Ocean and killing more than 230,000 people -- fresh in their minds. But hours after the fears of a tsunami subsided, a strong 8.2-magnitude aftershock hit the region sparking a new...

8.7 Earthquake Prompts Tsunami Warnings For Indian Ocean Coastlines
2012-04-11 05:33:00

Lawrence LeBlond for RedOrbit.com A tsunami warning has been issued for the entire Indian Ocean on Wednesday April 11 after a massive 8.7 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Indonesia at 2:38 p.m. local time (3:38 a.m. EST) sent residents around the region out of their homes and offices in fear. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the temblor was centered 20 miles beneath the ocean floor, a little more than 300 miles from the provincial capital of Banda Aceh. The quake put emergency...

2009-12-17 14:53:00

ATLANTA, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Five years after the devastation of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Habitat for Humanity has assisted more than 22,500 families in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091217/CL28135 ) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050501/NYSU020LOGO ) Emerging Stronger: Five years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, a report released by Habitat, outlines how the organization mobilized donors, partners,...

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2009-05-30 07:50:00

Geologists have recently discovered a colossal underwater mountain off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, which they say may be a volcano with devastating potential. Yusef Suruchman, a marine geologist with the Indonesian government, said that he and his colleagues discovered the mountain in early May, roughly 205 miles west of the city of Bengkulu, while working on a research project to map seismic fault lines of the region's seabed. At a height of 4,600 meters, the massive...

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2009-02-10 10:58:37

Safety concerns are increasingly high among residents of an Indonesian village as three endangered Sumatran tigers that have reportedly been attacking nearby livestock. The three tigers have been near the forest village of Halaban in West Sumatra for the past two weeks, residents say. In an effort to drive the animals away, regional conservation agency officials have set off explosions using gunpowder-filled metal pipes. Residents have become so fearful of the tigers that they have kept...

2009-02-07 08:45:22

An international observatory led by the University of Melbourne, Australia, will help eradicate human rights abuses against people suffering mental illness in developing countries. The Observatory on Mental Health Systems (IOMHS) was launched Thursday by Mr Bob McMullan, Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, at the University of Melbourne. "The health systems in low and middle income countries are hugely under-funded often resulting in enormous neglect and abuse of...

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2009-01-29 17:15:00

The rapid pace of deforestation has triggered a series of so-called human-animal conflicts in Indonesia. The latest attack occurred on Tuesday, when two women were trampled to death by a pair of elephants on the northern tip of Sumatra island in Aceh province. Another six villagers narrowly escaped with their lives during the attack, which happened after the elephants entered an illegally cleared field from nearby jungle. Just days earlier, two Sumatran tigers killed a rubber-tapper in...

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2008-11-10 14:03:47

The newly implemented Tsunami Early Warning System for the Indian Ocean, GITEWS, goes into operation today and with this, the system enters its final phase of optimization. As foreseen, the system was officially handed over to the BMKG (Meteorological, Climatology and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia) by the President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, slightly less than four years after the catastrophe of 2004. "We are very pleased to put the Tsunami...

2008-11-03 12:00:19

A Thai-led international team of geologists said it has found evidence of tsunamis occurring in the Indian Ocean long before the devastating tsunami of 2004. Kruawun Jankaew of Chulalongkorn University led the team that said it found evidence of tsunamis repeatedly washing over the Thai barrier island of Phra Thong during the last 2,800 years, the most recent about 550 to 700 years ago. A second team found similar evidence of previous tsunamis that occurred during the last 1,200 years in...