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2006-05-28 02:15:00

By Achmad Sukarsono BANTUL, Indonesia (Reuters) - Rescue workers dug desperately for survivors on Sunday as residents returned to ruined homes on Indonesia's densely populated island of Java a day after a powerful earthquake killed nearly 3,300. Up to 20,000 had been injured and more than 100,000 have been left homeless, UNICEF (the U.N. Children's Fund) spokesman John Budd told Reuters, but he said figures were still sketchy. "Nobody really knows for sure simply because a lot of people were...

2006-05-27 22:37:35

By Achmad Sukarsono BANTUL, Indonesia, May 28, Indonesia - Rescue workers dug desperately for survivors on Sunday as distraught residents returned to ruined homes on Indonesia's densely populated island of Java a day after a powerful earthquake killed more than 3,000. Medical supplies and hundreds of body bags began arriving overnight at the airport of Yogyakarta city, about 25 km (16 miles) north of the Indian Ocean coast where Saturday's 6.2 magnitude dawn quake was centered just...

2006-05-27 14:19:24

By Achmad Sukarsono YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) - A dawn earthquake killed more than 3,000 people around the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta on Saturday, burying many under the rubble of their homes in a scene survivors said was like the end of the world. As night fell, terrified residents huddled outside their ruined houses or in the grounds of mosques, churches and schools in the heartland of Indonesia's main island of Java. "It's pitch dark. We have to use candles and we are...

2006-05-26 19:51:09

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) - At least five people died and scores were injured when a strong earthquake shook Indonesia's ancient royal capital and popular tourist area of Yogyakarta early on Saturday morning, hospital staff said. "We have at least five people dead, but it could be more," Wahab, a nurse at Muhammmadiyah hospital, told Reuters by telephone. He said there were dozens more injured. Earlier Hany, an official at the same hospital, told a radio station that 50 people...

2006-05-26 20:57:56

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) - An earthquake that shook the area around Indonesia's ancient royal city of Yogyakarta early on Saturday killed at least 15 people and left hundreds injured, hospital staff said. Yogyakarta is on Indonesia's main island of Java and near Mount Merapi, a volcano that has been on top alert for a major eruption this month, but a vulcanologist in Yogyakarta said the quake was tectonic and not caused by the volcano. In the town of Bantul, just south of...

2006-05-18 00:40:00

By Tomi Soetjipto MOUNT METAPI, Indonesia -- Ignoring warnings a major eruption could come at anytime, Indonesian villagers were back in their homes on the slopes of the simmering Mount Merapi volcano on Thursday. The volcano shot a fresh large burst of hot gas clouds on Wednesday, but it did not stop residents of Kalibening village from leaving shelters and heading home to stay the night. "Yesterday, around 1,600 people decided to return here," village head Mukidad told Reuters. The hot gas...

2006-05-17 23:50:00

By Tomi Soetjipto MOUNT METAPI, Indonesia (Reuters) - Ignoring warnings a major eruption could come at anytime, Indonesian villagers were back in their homes on the slopes of the simmering Mount Merapi volcano on Thursday. The volcano shot a fresh large burst of hot gas clouds on Wednesday, but it did not stop residents of Kalibening village from leaving shelters and heading home to stay the night. "Yesterday, around 1,600 people decided to return here," village head Mukidad told Reuters. The...

2006-05-14 22:18:24

By Tomi Soetjipto YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano spewed hot clouds and ash rain early on Monday, a volcanologist said, but there was no confirmation of reports of fresh lava flows. Yogyakarta Administration Secretary Bambang Susanto had earlier told Elshinta news radio that, according to information he had received, the mountain "exploded" in the pre-dawn hours with lava and hot ash. However, Ratmono Purbo, the head of the volcanology center in...

2006-05-14 20:44:11

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano spewed lava and hot ash early on Monday, a regional official said, but a volcanologist said he had no confirmation of the report. Yogyakarta Administration Secretary Bambang Susanto told Elshinta news radio that, according to information he had received, the mountain "exploded" in the pre-dawn hours. However, senior government volcanologist Ahmad Dali told Reuters by telephone from the volcanology coordinating center in Bandung...

2006-05-13 04:43:23

By Tomi Soetjipto JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia raised the alert status of the Mount Merapi volcano to the highest level on Saturday, prompting a compulsory evacuation of thousands of residents living on the slopes, officials said. "This morning we raised the status of Merapi to the top alert, which is the red code. Every resident has been ordered to evacuate," Subandrio, head of the Merapi section at the Center for Volcanological Research and Technology Development, told Reuters....


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