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2008-10-30 08:35:00

Geologists have dug deep enough to find that a mega-tsunami hit southeast Asia 700 years ago rivaling the deadly one in 2004. Two teams of geologists found sedimentary evidence in coastal marshes in Thailand and Sumatra. At both sites, there was evidence of sediment laid down by a large tsunami between 600 and 700 years ago, pre-dating written and oral records. "Tsunamis are something we never experienced before and after 2004, people thought it was something we would never experience...

2008-10-11 00:00:15

By Peter Popham The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Martti Ahtisaari, the Finnish diplomat who has successfully banged heads together to end many conflicts from southern Africa to Indonesia to the Balkans. The former Finnish president credits his ability for solving ancient and bitter disputes to his childhood wanderings as a victim of the Second World War. "I was born in the city of Viipuri, then still part of Finland," Mr Ahtisaari, 71, said recently. "We lost Viipuri when the...

2006-08-15 00:10:00

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesia in the Banda sea area on Tuesday, an official at the national earthquake center said, but there were no reports of damage or a tsunami. "There was a quake in Banda sea at 10:05 a.m. Jakarta time (0305 GMT)," said Fauzi at the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (MGA). "There is no potential tsunami and also no damage." The U.S. Geological Survey put the earthquake's magnitude at a strong 6.1 and at a depth of 39 km (24...

2006-08-14 22:09:12

By Achmad Sukarsono BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Thousands of Achenese gathered on Tuesday around the provincial capital's black-domed mosque to mark the anniversary of a landmark truce and to urge Indonesia's government not to water down the pact. Truck driver Rasyidin drove 11 hours with 35 of his neighbors from a northern Aceh village to join the rally. "If I do not like the peace I have enjoyed in the past year, I would not be here," the 40-year old said. "I hope it stays...

2006-08-14 06:34:59

By Ahmad Pathoni JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia needs to ensure that a hard-won peace in Aceh province becomes permanent, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Monday, ahead of the anniversary of a deal to end three decades of conflict. The separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM) and the Indonesian government signed a pact in Helsinki on August 15, 2005, aimed at ending a war in which 15,000 people died and giving Acehnese greater power over their own affairs. "We must consolidate...

2006-08-11 18:49:14

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A strong 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the western coast of Sumatra in Indonesia on Saturday, but officials said there were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Indonesia's national earthquake center said the quake occurred in the area of Simeulue island, 1,485 km (922 miles) northwest of the Indonesian capital Jakarta. The USGS put the quake's magnitude at 6.0. Dailin Wang, an oceanographer at the Pacific...

2006-07-30 02:54:36

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Two people in Indonesia's Aceh have been caned for adultery, the latest case of public punishments since courts in the province were allowed to implement Islamic sharia law. Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim nation but only Aceh has the right to adopt sharia law in the judicial system. Aceh courts received that freedom in 2003 as part of an autonomy package Jakarta offered in an attempt to quell separatist passions in the province, where...

2006-07-23 03:06:14

By Crack Palinggi PANGANDARAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesian Christians in tsunami-hit areas prayed in church on Sunday as life slowly limped back to normal six days after the disaster that killed nearly 700 people. In his service, Reverend Rudolf George Sorongan urged people to be strong after Monday's tsunami that displaced thousands of people along a 300-km (185-mile) stretch of the south coast of Java, Indonesia's most populous island. "We have to be resolute in facing this...

2006-07-22 02:23:33

By Ed Davies PANGANDARAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - Fears of disease grew in Indonesia's tsunami-hit areas on Saturday as thousands of people camped out in the heat with no clean water five days after the disaster that killed nearly 700 people. Several thousand people fled to camps in hills above the beach town of Pangandaran after Monday's tsunami, which displaced some 45,000 along a 300-km (185-mile) stretch of the south coast of Java, Indonesia's most populous island. Some are still...

2006-07-20 22:40:30

By Ed Davies PANGANDARAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was set on Friday to visit this beach town, hardest hit by the deadly south Java coast tsunami, as it struggles to return to normalcy. Tens of thousands displaced by the disaster, which killed at least 592 people along a 300-km (185-mile) stretch of coast, remained housed in temporary shelters. But there were signs of normal life in the town. Pedal-powered tri-shaws cruised the streets...


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