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2006-06-08 03:36:31

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A 5.1 magnitude undersea earthquake struck off the western Indonesian island of Sumatra on Thursday, but the state meteorology and geophysics agency said it would not generate a tsunami nor cause damage. The quake's Indian Ocean epicenter was in the same area where a massive earthquake triggered a tsunami that left 170,000 people killed and missing in Aceh province in December 2004. A quake with a 6.2 magnitude shook Indonesia's main island of Java late last...

2006-05-31 18:31:17

By Achmad Sukarsono TRIMULYO, Indonesia (Reuters) - Teacher Muhammad Yusan lost many friends when an earthquake and subsequent tsunami hammered Indonesia's Aceh province on December 26, 2004. Now, another earthquake has killed his father and reduced his childhood home to ruins. "I cannot believe these disasters have happened. The quake and tsunami in Aceh felt like the end of the world and I do not have words to describe the situation here," Yusan told Reuters as he sat near the...

2006-05-31 03:49:38

By Achmad Sukarsono BANTUL, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia began immunizing quake survivors against measles on Wednesday and helicopters swept disaster sites on Java island to look for isolated victims, but help was still too slow for many. Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadillah Supari said the government was also evacuating patients from hospitals in the immediate area to more distant cities to relieve overcrowding. "For now (the hospitals) are starting to get tidy and we have...

2006-05-09 20:04:46

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - The figures read like a real estate agent's lettings list; a hectare of marsh in Canada, $6,000 per year; a tropical forest in Cameroon, $3,500; a Caribbean coral reef, $10,000. The estimates from United Nations-backed studies are part of a fledgling bid to put a price on nature's bounties, from the production of crops, fish or timber to clean water supplies or the prevention of erosion. Skeptics say the estimates are...

2006-05-01 09:29:25

By Andrew Cawthorne WAJID, Somalia (Reuters) - Only 20 percent of an emergency $426 million appeal to prevent a catastrophe for millions of people in the drought-hit Horn of Africa has been raised, a senior U.N. official said on Monday. Kjell Magne Bondevik, the U.N. special humanitarian envoy for the Horn of Africa, said 8 million people in the Horn need immediate aid and 7 million more are at risk if donors do not come up with the funding. "It is a silent tsunami. That is why the...

2006-04-02 06:00:08

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A moderate earthquake struck off the western Indonesian island of Simeulue on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, an Indonesian official said. The epicenter of the 5.4 magnitude earthquake lay 22 km south of Simeulue island in Aceh province and at a depth of around 33 km (20 miles), a Meteorology and Geophysics Agency official in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, told Reuters. Simeulue lies west of Sumatra, one of Indonesia's...

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2006-03-31 06:59:35

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The perky "cock-a-doodle-doo" of a rooster sounds in Roger Smith's office every time an earthquake rumbles beneath Alaska. Temblors throughout the state trigger the computer-generated crow about 60 times a day - roughly 22,000 times a year - in the office of Smith, director of the Geophysical Institute on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. "It's just part of the background," said Smith. "The rooster is a good reminder that the earth's surface in Alaska is very...

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2006-03-27 06:55:00

By Emma Batha BONN -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton urged the world on Monday to invest in early warning systems to prevent the massive death and destruction seen in recent earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters. "Hazards are not disasters by definition. Hazards only become disasters when lives and livelihoods are swept away," Clinton said in a statement before the start of the International Early Warning Conference in Bonn on Monday. "Making communities safer -- by better...

2006-03-16 10:25:00

GENEVA -- Coral reefs that survived the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami are coming under threat from rushed rebuilding efforts in the region, two international environmental groups said on Thursday. In a report issued in Geneva, they said studies along coastlines hit by the tsunami, the tidal wave which left nearly 200,000 dead on December 26, 2004, found little harm to coral formations. Only a few reefs were severely damaged, and most would recover naturally within 10 years, said the two...

2006-03-09 16:39:28

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations' new global emergency fund began work on Thursday with slightly more than half the $500 million dollars its director had hoped for. The first grants from the Central Emergency Fund went to drought-stricken northeastern Africa and western Ivory Coast, where angry mobs recently burned down U.N. aid offices. The dollar amounts of the grants were not given. The fund opened for business with pledges totaling just $256 million from 36 donor...