Category Archives: DisasterAccident

Cold Lava Flood Strikes From Indonesia’s Mount Merapi

A cold lava flood has flowed from Indonesia's Mount Merapi on Sunday, hitting Jurang Jero village of Magelang regency of Central Java province, reported China's Xinhua news agency.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, head of the Data Center, Information and Public Relation at the National Agency of Disaster Management (BNPB) said that the cold lava flood was triggered by heavy rainfall on the top of the volcano.

In a statement, he said that there were no casualties reported during the flood that hit at 14:15 local time (0714 GMT). Only two trucks used to mine volcanic sand were washed away by the flood.

He added that the authorities and volunteers has faced difficulty to search and rescue due to strong flood current

In a statement, Sutopo said only two trucks used to mine volcanic sand were carried by the flood, and authorities and volunteers has faced difficulty to evacuate the trucks due to strong flood currents.

As much as 90 million meter cubics of cold lava are threatening people living around Mount Merapi that erupted in 2010

President Yudhoyono receives UN award

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on behalf of Indonesian people received "Global Champion of Disaster Risk Reduction" award from the United Nations on Saturday.

"On behalf of Indonesian people, I am very honored to receive this award," President Yudhoyono said when the award was presented to him by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in a ceremony at Bali International Convention Center (BICC) in Nusa Dua, Bali.

The Indonesian head of state said the Global Champion of Disaster Risk Reduction award was as a recognition of the determination and hard work of all Indonesians in responding to the challenges of natural disasters.

According to the president, Indonesia was the most vulnerable country to natural disasters, and therefore coping with disasters has become deeply implanted in the national mindset.

After receiving the award from the UN chief, President Yudhoyono asserted that Indonesia would continually strive to minimize the impact of any disaster.

The president expressed hope that Indonesia would continue to do its best and to develop cooperation with the United Nations.

In the ceremony, attended by among others Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto, Coordinating Minister for People`s Welfare Agung Laksono, and Coordinating Minister for Economy Hatta Rajasa, Ban Ki-Moon said President Yudhoyono deserved the Global Champion of Disaster Risk Reduction award because of his outstanding leadership.

Regionally, Indonesia has spearheaded various initiatives for disaster preparedness, such as joint regional exercises and adopting early warning system.

In Southeast Asia, ASEAN strive to attain common vision of disaster resilient nations by 2015.

At the global level, through the United Nations, Indonesia has fostered greater coordination and cooperation in disaster management.

The award should have been presented to President Yudhoyono in the Global Platform for Disaster Reduction in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 10, 2011, but the head of state was absent and represented by National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) Chief Syamsul Maarif.

Residents flee in panic after Mount Lokon erupts

Panicked residents continued to flee the area around Mount Lokon in the north of Sulawesi island on Friday, after the volcano erupted just before midnight on Thursday local time, spewing hot lava and ash as high as 1,500 meters.

"The eruption has set ablaze the forests around the crater," said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency. He said there had been no immediate reports of casualties.

Many have taken refuge in school buildings where the government plans to distribute masks and tents. Evacuation has been advised to some 28,000 people who live within 3.5 kilometers of the crater.

Over 4,000 people have already been evacuated. Mount Lokon last erupted in 1991, killing a Swiss tourist. It is one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes.

15 killed after truck hit house in Bojonegoro

Fifteen people were killed and scores of others wounded after a truck hit a house where villagers were celebrating a religious activity around midnight Tuesday in East Java, a military officer told Xinhua by phone.

The truck got a problem of un-functioned brake and hit the house in Bojonegoro district, military officer of Military Command in Ngawi Jamin P.N. told Xinhua.

"Fifteen died on the site and many others got wounded," he said. Before hitting the house, the truck collided with a small truck, said Jamin.

The victims of the accident were rushed to the nearby hospital, he said. Police are investigating the accident, the officer said.

Soputan volcano eruption Sulawesi

The ash cloud from the initial explosion/eruption is drifting further to the south-west. The image confirms the subsiding activity of the volcano. Click on the picture to go straight to the VAAC page in Darwin, Australia. The report below dates from 14:22 UTC on July 3, 2011.
The sector most affected for the coming hours will be Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia.
VAAC comments on this latest report : HIGH LEVEL ERUPTION HAS CEASED AND IS DISSIPATING. LOW LEVEL VA NOT IDENTIFIABLE ON SAT IMAGERY DUE TO METEOROLOGICAL CLOUD BUT EXPECTED TO STILL BE IN AREA.

UPDATE : Around midnight local time (18 hours after the first eruption), the volcano’s activity subsided drastically. The activity is ongoing with some limited isolated bursts of ash. People living in the greater volcano area have been told not to enter the 8 km radius around the volcano.
The alert level was not raised due to the eruption. The authorities do not expect any further deterioration of the eruption.

An explosion started the eruption of the Soputan volcano, located in Northern Sulawesi, early this morning (local time).
The settlements around the volcano have not been evacuated as the eruption has been centered around the crater with limited impact the the surrounding landscape.
The Indonesian authorities are monitoring the eruption continuously and will order an evacuation if the volcano would change his erupting pattern.
Some regional airports have been closed from the time of the eruption until the afternoon because of ash clouds. The maximum height of the ash cloud was approx. 5 km.

map and photo

Soputan volcano eruption Sulawesi

The ash cloud from the initial explosion/eruption is drifting further to the south-west. The image confirms the subsiding activity of the volcano. Click on the picture to go straight to the VAAC page in Darwin, Australia. The report below dates from 14:22 UTC on July 3, 2011.
The sector most affected for the coming hours will be Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia.
VAAC comments on this latest report : HIGH LEVEL ERUPTION HAS CEASED AND IS DISSIPATING. LOW LEVEL VA NOT IDENTIFIABLE ON SAT IMAGERY DUE TO METEOROLOGICAL CLOUD BUT EXPECTED TO STILL BE IN AREA.

UPDATE : Around midnight local time (18 hours after the first eruption), the volcano’s activity subsided drastically. The activity is ongoing with some limited isolated bursts of ash. People living in the greater volcano area have been told not to enter the 8 km radius around the volcano.
The alert level was not raised due to the eruption. The authorities do not expect any further deterioration of the eruption.

An explosion started the eruption of the Soputan volcano, located in Northern Sulawesi, early this morning (local time).
The settlements around the volcano have not been evacuated as the eruption has been centered around the crater with limited impact the the surrounding landscape.
The Indonesian authorities are monitoring the eruption continuously and will order an evacuation if the volcano would change his erupting pattern.
Some regional airports have been closed from the time of the eruption until the afternoon because of ash clouds. The maximum height of the ash cloud was approx. 5 km.

map and photo

Soputan volcano eruption Sulawesi

The ash cloud from the initial explosion/eruption is drifting further to the south-west. The image confirms the subsiding activity of the volcano. Click on the picture to go straight to the VAAC page in Darwin, Australia. The report below dates from 14:22 UTC on July 3, 2011.
The sector most affected for the coming hours will be Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia.
VAAC comments on this latest report : HIGH LEVEL ERUPTION HAS CEASED AND IS DISSIPATING. LOW LEVEL VA NOT IDENTIFIABLE ON SAT IMAGERY DUE TO METEOROLOGICAL CLOUD BUT EXPECTED TO STILL BE IN AREA.

UPDATE : Around midnight local time (18 hours after the first eruption), the volcano’s activity subsided drastically. The activity is ongoing with some limited isolated bursts of ash. People living in the greater volcano area have been told not to enter the 8 km radius around the volcano.
The alert level was not raised due to the eruption. The authorities do not expect any further deterioration of the eruption.

An explosion started the eruption of the Soputan volcano, located in Northern Sulawesi, early this morning (local time).
The settlements around the volcano have not been evacuated as the eruption has been centered around the crater with limited impact the the surrounding landscape.
The Indonesian authorities are monitoring the eruption continuously and will order an evacuation if the volcano would change his erupting pattern.
Some regional airports have been closed from the time of the eruption until the afternoon because of ash clouds. The maximum height of the ash cloud was approx. 5 km.

map and photo

Soputan volcano eruption Sulawesi

The ash cloud from the initial explosion/eruption is drifting further to the south-west. The image confirms the subsiding activity of the volcano. Click on the picture to go straight to the VAAC page in Darwin, Australia. The report below dates from 14:22 UTC on July 3, 2011.
The sector most affected for the coming hours will be Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia.
VAAC comments on this latest report : HIGH LEVEL ERUPTION HAS CEASED AND IS DISSIPATING. LOW LEVEL VA NOT IDENTIFIABLE ON SAT IMAGERY DUE TO METEOROLOGICAL CLOUD BUT EXPECTED TO STILL BE IN AREA.

UPDATE : Around midnight local time (18 hours after the first eruption), the volcano’s activity subsided drastically. The activity is ongoing with some limited isolated bursts of ash. People living in the greater volcano area have been told not to enter the 8 km radius around the volcano.
The alert level was not raised due to the eruption. The authorities do not expect any further deterioration of the eruption.

An explosion started the eruption of the Soputan volcano, located in Northern Sulawesi, early this morning (local time).
The settlements around the volcano have not been evacuated as the eruption has been centered around the crater with limited impact the the surrounding landscape.
The Indonesian authorities are monitoring the eruption continuously and will order an evacuation if the volcano would change his erupting pattern.
Some regional airports have been closed from the time of the eruption until the afternoon because of ash clouds. The maximum height of the ash cloud was approx. 5 km.

map and photo

Soputan volcano eruption Sulawesi

The ash cloud from the initial explosion/eruption is drifting further to the south-west. The image confirms the subsiding activity of the volcano. Click on the picture to go straight to the VAAC page in Darwin, Australia. The report below dates from 14:22 UTC on July 3, 2011.
The sector most affected for the coming hours will be Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia.
VAAC comments on this latest report : HIGH LEVEL ERUPTION HAS CEASED AND IS DISSIPATING. LOW LEVEL VA NOT IDENTIFIABLE ON SAT IMAGERY DUE TO METEOROLOGICAL CLOUD BUT EXPECTED TO STILL BE IN AREA.

UPDATE : Around midnight local time (18 hours after the first eruption), the volcano’s activity subsided drastically. The activity is ongoing with some limited isolated bursts of ash. People living in the greater volcano area have been told not to enter the 8 km radius around the volcano.
The alert level was not raised due to the eruption. The authorities do not expect any further deterioration of the eruption.

An explosion started the eruption of the Soputan volcano, located in Northern Sulawesi, early this morning (local time).
The settlements around the volcano have not been evacuated as the eruption has been centered around the crater with limited impact the the surrounding landscape.
The Indonesian authorities are monitoring the eruption continuously and will order an evacuation if the volcano would change his erupting pattern.
Some regional airports have been closed from the time of the eruption until the afternoon because of ash clouds. The maximum height of the ash cloud was approx. 5 km.

map and photo

Soputan volcano eruption Sulawesi

The ash cloud from the initial explosion/eruption is drifting further to the south-west. The image confirms the subsiding activity of the volcano. Click on the picture to go straight to the VAAC page in Darwin, Australia. The report below dates from 14:22 UTC on July 3, 2011.
The sector most affected for the coming hours will be Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia.
VAAC comments on this latest report : HIGH LEVEL ERUPTION HAS CEASED AND IS DISSIPATING. LOW LEVEL VA NOT IDENTIFIABLE ON SAT IMAGERY DUE TO METEOROLOGICAL CLOUD BUT EXPECTED TO STILL BE IN AREA.

UPDATE : Around midnight local time (18 hours after the first eruption), the volcano’s activity subsided drastically. The activity is ongoing with some limited isolated bursts of ash. People living in the greater volcano area have been told not to enter the 8 km radius around the volcano.
The alert level was not raised due to the eruption. The authorities do not expect any further deterioration of the eruption.

An explosion started the eruption of the Soputan volcano, located in Northern Sulawesi, early this morning (local time).
The settlements around the volcano have not been evacuated as the eruption has been centered around the crater with limited impact the the surrounding landscape.
The Indonesian authorities are monitoring the eruption continuously and will order an evacuation if the volcano would change his erupting pattern.
Some regional airports have been closed from the time of the eruption until the afternoon because of ash clouds. The maximum height of the ash cloud was approx. 5 km.

map and photo