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2008-08-21 12:01:28

By BRENDAN McDAID TWO people injured in a three vehicle crash in Londonderry were today described as being in a "stable" condition after being admitted overnight to Altnagelvin Hospital. Meanwhile, one of the two males arrested by police following the crash at Strand Road yesterday has been released without charge. The second male was released on bail. In total five people were taken to hospital yesterday following the collision involving two cars and a minibus near the junction of...

2006-07-27 07:50:00

JAKARTA -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 hit offshore the Indonesian island of Sumatra, the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said on Thursday. The United States Geological Survey put the quake, which occurred at 1116 GMT, at a magnitude of 6.0. Senior Indonesian seismologist Fauzi told Jakarta-based Radio Elshinta the earthquake appeared too small to trigger a tsunami. "We don't need to be concerned about the possibility of a tsunami. The scale was too low for a tsunami....

2006-06-26 00:15:34

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Nine people have been confirmed dead and 25 were still missing from a ferry sinking last week off Sumatra island's west coast, a search and rescue official said on Monday. Zaenul Tahar also told Reuters 95 people had been saved since the Sinar Mulia Indah ferry ran into bad weather and high waves early last Thursday and sank. That figure was just one higher than the number as of Friday. Tahar said rough weather had hampered the search for survivors and...

2006-06-22 23:31:11

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian rescue teams scoured the high seas off Sumatra island on Friday for 39 people after a ferry sank in a storm, a senior navy official said. The navy had rescued 94 people from the Sinar Mulia Indah ferry which ran into bad weather and high waves early on Thursday, Lieutenant-Colonel Jaka Santoso, chief of the Sibolga naval base, told Reuters. No deaths have been reported so far. "The difficulty we have been facing since yesterday is the high waves....

2005-06-17 06:35:11

CANBERRA (Reuters) -- Scientists are convinced another giant tsunami will one day sweep across the Indian Ocean -- what they are not sure about is when. Almost six months after the deadly Dec. 26 tsunami, triggered by a magnitude 9.15 earthquake, scientists are keeping a close eye on aftershocks and the increased earthquake activity around Indonesia as they try to work out when the next big one will hit. "It could happen any time, it could take another 20 to 50 years, or another 200 years,"...

2005-04-12 15:20:00

MOUNT TALANG, Indonesia (AFP) -- A volcano spewed into life on Indonesia's disaster-blighted Sumatra island, spreading new panic after the recent tsunami and earthquakes and driving thousands from their homes. Mount Talang, 40 kilometres (25 miles) east of Sumatra's coastal Padang city began pumping out volcanic ash shortly before dawn, prompting scientists to urge people to move away from the fall-out zone. More than 20,000 people have been evacuated from the volcano's slope, the Antara...

Word of the Day
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.