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2006-07-17 12:52:09

By Achmad Sukarsono JAKARTA (Reuters) - A tsunami triggered by a strong undersea earthquake off the coast of Indonesia's Java island on Monday killed at least 80 people, swept away buildings and damaged hundreds of fishing boats, officials and witnesses said. News of the disaster spread panic across a region still recovering from a tsunami less than two years ago in which nearly 230,000 people were killed or reported missing, mostly in Indonesia. But there were no reports of...

2006-07-17 11:14:49

By Achmad Sukarsono JAKARTA (Reuters) - A tsunami triggered by a strong undersea earthquake off the southern coast of Java island swept away buildings at an Indonesian beach resort on Monday and killed between 40 and 50 people, a Red Cross official said. News of the disaster spread panic across a region still recovering from a tsunami less than two years ago that left nearly 230,000 people killed or missing, mostly in Indonesia. But there were no reports of casualties or damage in...

2006-07-17 10:20:00

By Achmad Sukarsono JAKARTA (Reuters) - A tsunami triggered by a strong undersea earthquake off the southern coast of Java island swept away buildings at an Indonesian beach resort on Monday and killed nearly 40 people, an official and media reports said. The news spread panic across a region still recovering from a tsunami less than two years ago that left nearly 230,000 people killed or missing, mostly in Indonesia. But there were no reports of casualties or damage in any other...

2006-07-17 10:17:34

By Achmad Sukarsono JAKARTA (Reuters) - A strong undersea earthquake off the southern coast of Indonesia's Java island on Monday triggered a tsunami that swept away buildings at a popular beach resort and killed at least 11 people, according to local news reports. There were no reports of casualties or damage in any other country. But the news caused panic across the region, which is still recovering from a tsunami less than two years ago that left nearly 230,000 people killed or...

2006-07-17 07:27:09

By Achmad Sukarsono JAKARTA (Reuters) - A strong undersea earthquake struck off the southern coast of Indonesia's Java island on Monday, triggering a tsunami that swept away wooden buildings and killed at least five people, officials said. There were no reports of casualties or damage in any other country. The search for victims was continuing, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told a news conference, adding that five people were known to have died. "An earthquake has...

2005-12-13 04:12:55

CANBERRA (Reuters) - A 6.8 magnitude undersea earthquake rocked outlying Fiji islands on Tuesday, prompting the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center to warn of a possible local tsunami in the southwest Pacific nation. However Fiji radio said there were no reports of damage or a tsunami by late Tuesday. A spokesman for Geoscience Australia said the shallow quake was recorded about 250 km (155 miles) north of the Fiji island of Vanua Levu at 0316 GMT. The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami...

2005-12-12 22:09:22

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A tsunami could endanger a million or more people along California's coast and cripple Pacific ports, according to a report released on Monday that highlights weaknesses in U.S. preparations for a killer wave. The study by the California Seismic Safety Commission found flaws in the tsunami warning system, incomplete and underfunded local evacuation plans and building codes that have not been updated to protect occupants from the power of tidal surge. Over 80...

2005-12-11 13:34:51

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 jolted an area off the north coast of Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific on Monday, seismologists said, prompting a warning of local tsunamis. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said there was no risk of a Pacific-wide tsunami but warned the undersea quake could generate localized destructive tsunamis. "Earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a...

2005-11-17 04:40:00

JAKARTA -- Indonesia has activated the first stage of a tsunami early warning system off the coast of Sumatra to prevent a repeat of last year's huge quake-triggered waves that left 170,000 people dead or missing, officials said on Thursday. Indonesian and German scientists installed two buoys and planted a pressure sensor on the seabottom off the coast of western Sumatra this week as part of a five-year plan to prepare the country's vulnerable coastlines for tsunamis, they said. "The buoys...

2005-09-09 07:24:23

SYDNEY, Sept 9 - A major earthquake measuring 7.3 in magnitude shook parts of Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of damage and a tsunami was unlikely, officials said. However, efforts to contact residents in remote areas near the quake were being hindered by poor communication lines, a spokesman for Papua New Guinea's National Disaster and Emergency Services said. "At this stage we are still trying to get information from the...


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