New earthquake on Indonesian island Lombok triggers landslides

New earthquake on Indonesian island Lombok triggers landslidesA strong earthquake rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok Sunday, triggering landslides, damaging buildings and sending people fleeing just two weeks after a tremor killed more than 480 people there. The 6.3-magnitude quake, centred in East Lombok, struck at a relatively shallow depth of seven kilometres (four miles) and was felt across the island, officials said. It was the third major quake in less than a month to rock the island, after deadly tremors on July 29 and August 5 and numerous aftershocks. “The earthquake caused people to panic and flee their houses,” national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told Metro TV. “There have been no reports of death or (serious) damage but people are traumatised.” At least one person suffered minor injuries while two more fainted from shock, he added. Deadly earthquake strikes Indonesia’s Lombok, in pictures Landslides were reported in a national park on Mount Rinjani where hundreds of hikers had been briefly trapped after the quake in late July. The park has been closed since then. Local disaster mitigation agency spokesman Agung Pramuja said several houses and other structures in the district of Sembalun, on the slopes of Mount Rinjani, collapsed on Sunday after being damaged by the previous two quakes. The structures included checkpoints once used by trekkers climbing the mountain, Pramuja said, adding that the exact number of damaged buildings was still being checked. Residents said the latest earthquake was felt strongly in East Lombok. “I was driving to deliver aid to evacuees when suddenly the electricity pole was swaying. I realised it was an earthquake. “People started to scream and cry. They all ran to the street,” East Lombok resident Agus Salim told AFP. The tremor was also felt in the island’s capital Mataram and on the neighbouring resort island of Bali.


Source: Yahoo! News

Eight bodies found in Indonesian plane crash

Eight bodies found in Indonesian plane crashA 12-year-old boy is the sole survivor of a plane crash that killed eight people in mountainous eastern Indonesia, authorities said Sunday. The Swiss-made Pilatus aircraft lost contact with air traffic control Saturday during what was supposed to be a flight of around 40 minutes in remote Papua province. The wreckage of the plane was found in a heavily forested area on a mountain side in the Oksibil subdistrict on Sunday morning.


Source: Yahoo! News

Indonesian island of Lombok hit by 5.9 magnitude tremor days after deadly quake

  1. Indonesian island of Lombok hit by 5.9 magnitude tremor days after deadly quake  CNN
  2. Lombok earthquake: Death toll rises to 259 amid rescue efforts  BBC News
  3. Aftershock jolts Indonesia’s Lombok as death toll jumps to 259  Reuters
  4. Facebook apologises after confetti and balloons appear on earthquake posts  Telegraph.co.uk
  5. On an Indonesian Island Hit by Multiple Earthquakes, Can Tourism Recover?  New York Times
  6. Full coverage


Source: Google News

SpaceX Falcon 9 Lifts Off In Florida, Places Indonesian Satellite In Orbit

  1. SpaceX Falcon 9 Lifts Off In Florida, Places Indonesian Satellite In Orbit  NPR
  2. SpaceX launches Indonesian satellite in its 15th flight this year  Mashable
  3. SpaceX launches Indonesian comsat with ‘used’ booster  CBS News
  4. Later this year, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch its biggest batch of satellites yet  The Verge
  5. Full coverage


Source: Google News