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  • Seabed Shifts Pose New Perils in Tsunami Region(more killer quakes to come)

    03/17/2005 8:56:24 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies · 1,303+ views
    NYT ^ | 03/17/05 | ANDREW C. REVKIN
    Seabed Shifts Pose New Perils in Tsunami Region By ANDREW C. REVKIN Published: March 17, 2005 The violent thrust of the seabed near Sumatra, Indonesia, that touched off catastrophic tsunamis in December created significant new risks of earthquakes and tsunamis there, seismologists are reporting today. The researchers say that the place at greatest risk from a new earthquake is the devastated city of Banda Aceh and that the tsunami risk lies along Sumatra's heavily populated southern coasts. But they added that any fresh tremors or waves would be unlikely to have anywhere near the destructive power of the December earthquake,...
  • MH370: Plane Deliberately Set on Autopilot 'West of Sumatra' When it Ran Out of Fuel and Crashed

    06/26/2014 9:53:10 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 61 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | June 26, 2014 | Lydia Smith / IB Times
    Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was "highly likely" on autopilot when it ran out of fuel and crashed into the Indian Ocean, Australian researchers have said. A new search area for the missing Boeing 777 plane has been announced by the Australian government .... Deputy Prime Minister Warren Trust confirmed the search will move further south to an area 1,800km (1,100 miles) off the western coast of Australia.... An expert group has reviewed the existing information on MH370, revealing that is it probable that the plane was on autopilot when it ended its flight. Truss said it was "highly, highly likely...
  • Study of Orangutans Yields New Ideas about Human Evolution

    12/16/2011 6:41:15 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Tuesday, December 13, 2011 | unattributed
    Results from research conducted by a team of scholars and scientists on the dietary lives of orangutans in tropical Borneo have given possible clues to how very early human ancestors may have adapted, survived and changed millions of years ago. In addition, the results may help scientists better understand eating disorders and obesity in human populations today. Led by evolutionary anthropologist Erin Vogel of Rutgers University (pictured below, right), the research team analyzed samples of compounds and byproducts in Orangutan urine over a 5-year period to determine the effects of protein recycling in their dietary, or eating behavior. What they...
  • Humans More Related To Orangutans Than Chimps, Study Suggests

    06/21/2009 2:43:01 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 55 replies · 3,246+ views
    sciencedaily ^ | June 18, 2009
    New evidence underscores the theory of human origin that suggests humans most likely share a common ancestor with orangutans, according to research from the University of Pittsburgh and the Buffalo Museum of Science. Reporting in the June 18 edition of the Journal of Biogeography, the researchers reject as "problematic" the popular suggestion, based on DNA analysis, that humans are most closely related to chimpanzees, which they maintain is not supported by fossil evidence.
  • Evidence for the Orangutan Relationship

    04/03/2005 9:23:58 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies · 1,929+ views
    Buffalo Museum of Science ^ | circa 2003 | Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz (et al)
    Evidence for the orangutan being the closest living relative of modern humans is based on at least 35 known characters that appear to be either exclusive to humans and orangutans or largely absent in outgroups.
  • Cross-cultural estimation of the human generation interval...

    04/03/2005 9:14:19 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 515+ views
    American Journal of Physical Anthropology (via Wiley InterScience) ^ | Received: 28 March 2004; Accepted: 25 August 2004 | Jack N. Fenner
    ...for use in genetics-based population divergence studies. Abstract: The length of the human generation interval is a key parameter when using genetics to date population divergence events. However, no consensus exists regarding the generation interval length, and a wide variety of interval lengths have been used in recent studies. This makes comparison between studies difficult, and questions the accuracy of divergence date estimations. Recent genealogy-based research suggests that the male generation interval is substantially longer than the female interval, and that both are greater than the values commonly used in genetics studies. This study evaluates each of these hypotheses in...
  • Malaysia Report Shows Confusion as Plane Vanished

    05/02/2014 8:18:09 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 2, 2014 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK and ANDY PASZTOR
    After Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 veered off its course, civilian air-traffic controllers spent precious predawn hours in befuddled exchanges with counterparts in nearby countries in an effort to locate the jet, according to documents released by investigators Thursday. A series of missteps began less than an hour after the plane disappeared around 1:20 a.m. on March 8.... Through that first stretch, the carrier's operation center continued to advise controllers that the plane was in "normal condition," remained in contact with ground facilities and was flying somewhere in Cambodian airspace—an area that was never on its flight path from Kuala Lumpur...
  • Malaysia MH370 and Sumatra seismic event

    03/19/2014 7:41:39 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 7 replies
    Tectonic Summary Re-analysis of Proposed Submarine Aircraft Crash Site for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 Map of Seismic Analysis of Proposed Submarine Aircraft Crash Site The University of Science and Technology of China has announced a possible location for the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 based on two seismic recordings (stations KUM and IPM of the Malaysia National Seismic Network; see map). The proposed site is in the Gulf of Thailand (orange hexagon on map). The time of the event reported by the Chinese was 2:55 AM (on 3/8/2014, which equates to 18:55 UTC time on 3/7/2014).
  • Sumatra coastal cave records stunning tsunami history

    12/12/2013 5:32:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 11 December 2013 Last updated at 21:06 ET | Jonathan Amos
    Scientists are using the site to help determine the frequency of catastrophes like the event of 26 December 2004. This is being done by dating the cave's tsunami-borne sediments, which are easy to see between layers of bat droppings. Continue reading the main story “ Start Quote Because people thought they had no history of such things, they thought it was impossible” End Quote Prof Kerry Sieh Director, Earth Observatory of Singapore "The tsunami sands just jump right out at you because they're separated by guano layers. There's no confusing the stratigraphy (layering)," explains Dr Jessica Pilarczyk. "It makes for...
  • Sumatra coastal cave records stunning tsunami history

    12/11/2013 8:05:53 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 35 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 11 December 2013 | Jonathan Amos
    A cave on the northwestern coast of Sumatra holds a remarkable record of big tsunamis in the Indian Ocean. The limestone opening, close to Banda Aceh, retains the sandy deposits washed ashore by huge, earthquake-induced waves over thousands of years. Scientists are using the site to help determine the frequency of catastrophes like the event of 26 December 2004.
  • Five Men Stuck in a Tree Surrounded by Sumatran Tigers for Four Days

    07/08/2013 8:40:37 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 07 July 2013 | AFP
    Five men stuck in a tree surrounded by Sumatran tigers for four days Five Indonesian men have been trapped in a tree for days after being chased into its branches by Sumatran tigers, who mauled a sixth man to death. Four of the animals were still surrounding the base of the tree following their initial attack on Thursday, which they launched after the men accidentally killed a tiger cub. Humans and animals are increasingly coming into conflict in Indonesia. The men entered the Mount Leuser National Park in the north of Sumatra island on Tuesday searching for rare incense wood,...
  • Sumatran Cave Yields Ancient Art And 66 Human Burials

    04/20/2013 8:03:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Friday, April 12, 2013 | University of Wollongon
    Among the finds is the first example of rock art in Sumatra and the discovery of 66 human burials dating back about 3000 years. "Sixty-six is very strange," Prof Simanjuntak said, adding that they have never found such a big quantity of burials. Intense human occupation "It means that this cave was occupied intensely by humans and they continued to occupy it for a very, very long time," he said. These findings shed new light on the complex cultural behaviours of Indonesia's first farming communities, who lived in the limestone caves of Harimau and used them as a burial place...
  • Earthquake, Sumatra, 8.7 mag

    04/11/2012 2:22:47 AM PDT · by Kay Ludlow · 87 replies
    More shake, rattle and roll on the other side of the planet. 8.7 this morning; Tsunami warning for Indonesia, not for Japan.
  • Five suspected terrorists reported killed in Bali raids

    03/18/2012 2:37:02 PM PDT · by steveo · 5 replies
    The Jakarta Post ^ | 03-18-12 | Peni Widarti and I Wayan Juniarta
    Five suspected terrorists were reportedly killed during police raids at two different locations in Bali late on Sunday. Police have yet to issue an official statement on the nature of the raids and details on the casualties. The first raid took place at around 10:15 p.m. in a budget hotel, Laksmi, on Jl. Danau Poso 99X, Sanur. The area is known as one of the most famous red-light districts in Bali, where people can easily obtain a cheap room from staff at budget hotels who rarely ask for valid identification from their guests. Neighbors said that they heard a burst...
  • Tiger Habitat Urgently Threatened (by toilet paper! Who knew?)

    02/08/2012 10:20:08 AM PST · by pabianice · 28 replies
    The toilet paper on your grocery store shelves may have a direct impact on the 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild. Not all tissue and paper towels are made from responsible sources. Tiger Habitat Urgently Threatened Sumatra's rain forests--and the tigers that live in them--are in danger. One threat? Toilet paper bound for U.S. stores. Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) is pulping rain forests and replacing them with pulp plantations to provide paper fiber for products like the fastest-growing brand of toilet paper in the United States today, Paseo. Since 1984, APP's forestry practices have cleared 5 million acres...
  • On the brink: Tremors increase at Anak Krakatau to 5,000 a day

    10/22/2011 8:07:21 PM PDT · by Errant · 60 replies
    The Extinction Protocol ^ | 22 October, 2011 | N/A
    SUMATRA, Indonesia –Several earthquakes have struck near south Sumatra of the 5.0 and 5.1 magnitude range today- making a tense situation on the volcanically-dotted archipelago potentially even more volatile. The Anak Krakatau volcano is showing signs of increased seismic activity. Authorities fear the volcano is building towards an eruption that could dwarf the one which occurred in 2007. Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Disasters Mitigation Center reported the numbers of seismic tremors now registering from the volcano have exceeded 5,000 a day. There are also reports of a gaseous mist which has seeped from the volcano and have enshrouded it in...
  • Stiff sediments made 2004 Sumatra earthquake deadliest in history

    06/22/2011 4:39:09 PM PDT · by decimon · 4 replies
    University of Texas at Austin ^ | June 22, 20111 | Unknown
    An international team of geoscientists has discovered an unusual geological formation that helps explain how an undersea earthquake off the coast of Sumatra in December 2004 spawned the deadliest tsunami in recorded history. Instead of the usual weak, loose sediments typically found above the type of geologic fault that caused the earthquake, the team found a thick plateau of hard, compacted sediments. Once the fault snapped, the rupture was able to spread from tens of kilometers below the seafloor to just a few kilometers below the seafloor, much farther than weak sediments would have permitted. The extra distance allowed it...
  • Mt Anak Krakatau Sees Rising Activities

    11/28/2010 11:16:40 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 27 replies · 1+ views ^ | November 29 2010 | Ita Lismawati F. Malau
    VIVAnews - Mt Anak Krakatau, a volcano located on the Sunda Strait between Sumatra and Java, Indonesia, has seen escalating expulsion of toxic gas. The volcanic activities were triggered by 5.5 magnitude tremor hitting southwest of Krui, Lampung, earlier in November. In addition, the sea temperature around the volcano has been rising as well. According to Andi Arief, presidential advisor on Disaster Issues, revealed through a short message today, Nov 29, that the plumes of smoke sent off by the Anak Krakatau reached the height of between 200 and 800 meters into the air. The data gathered was an accumulation...
  • Thousands flee as long-sleepy Sumatra volcano erupts (The Earth has a fever, yaknow)

    08/29/2010 10:10:59 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/29/10 | Karima Anjani
    JAKARTA (Reuters) – Thousands of Indonesians were evacuated from the slopes of a volcano on Sunday after it erupted for the first time in more than 400 years, spewing out lava and sending smoke and dust 1,500 meters (5,000 feet) into the air. Mount Sinabung, in the north of the island of Sumatra, began erupting around midnight after rumbling for several days, prompting some villagers to panic before the mass evacuation got under way. Indonesia is on the so-called Pacific Rim of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and geological fault lines triggering frequent earthquakes around the Pacific Basin. The eruption...
  • Arrests Continue in Indonesia

    04/16/2010 2:45:08 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 161+ views
    COUNTERTERRORISM ^ | April 12, 2010 08:37 PM | By Kenneth Conboy
    SNIPPET: "This past Sunday, six terrorists were captured in Medan, North Sumatra province, by Indonesia's counter-terrorist unit, Special Detachment 88. All were thought to be linked to a paramilitary camp in Aceh that was raided in February and two of them, Pandu Wicaksono Widyan Putro and Bayu Sena, were said to be tied to the twin hotel bombings in Jakarta last July." SNIPPET: "Special Detachment 88 will likely continue its raids in and around Aceh to round up those camp members that have thus far evaded the police dragnet."
  • Obama was suspected target of Indonesian jihadists: expert

    05/13/2010 11:32:51 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 18 replies · 994+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 14, 2010
    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, who is due to visit Indonesia in June, was one of several suspected targets of Indonesian militants captured in police raids recently, an expert on militants said on Friday.
  • Latest Earthquakes (7.4 Indonesia)

    05/08/2010 11:19:03 PM PDT · by landerwy · 6 replies · 727+ views
    Latest Earthquakes M5.0+ in the World - Past 7 days Latest Earthquakes Magnitude 5.0 and Greater in the World - Last 7 days Versión en Español Magnitude 5 and greater earthquakes located by the USGS and contributing networks in the last week (168 hours). Magnitudes 6 and above are in red. (Some early events may be obscured by later ones on the maps.) The most recent earthquakes are at the top of the list. Times are in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Click on the word "map" to see a ten-degree tall map displaying the earthquake. Click on an event's "DATE"...
  • 7.7 quake in SUMATRA

    04/07/2010 4:02:52 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 32 replies · 1,148+ views
    FOX NEWS TV | 04/07/10 | racebannon
  • Breaking- 7.8-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Sumatra, Indonesia

    04/06/2010 3:38:08 PM PDT · by SE Mom · 171 replies · 6,857+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | 6 April 2010
    7.8-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Sumatra, Indonesia
  • Indonesia: Churches Burned

    03/22/2010 12:44:21 AM PDT · by STD · 7 replies · 546+ views ^ | 03/22/10 |
    Indonesia: Churches Burned On Jan. 22, two church buildings under construction in North Sumatra, Indonesia, were burned by suspected Islamic extremists, according to Compass Direct News.
  • Megalithic site found in South Sumatra

    02/23/2010 6:56:23 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies · 447+ views
    Jakarta Post ^ | Wednesday, February 17, 2010 | unattributed
    PALEMBANG, South Sumatra: A megalithic settlement has recently been unearthed at Skendal village, 10 kilometers from the town of Pagaralam in South Sumatra. Irfan Wintarto, an official at the Lahat Culture and Tourism Agency's Historical and Archeological Preservation Department, said local residents had discovered around 36 types of rocks on a 150-by-300-meter plot in the middle of a 2-hectare coffee plantation. The site is currently being investigated by the Archeological Region Conservation and Heritage Center (BPPP). "The findings are believed to date back to around 5,000 B.C.," Irfan said. "The types of rocks and megaliths found are quite diverse." Among...
  • Indonesia: 1000 Muslims Burn Down Two Churches

    01/23/2010 10:36:48 AM PST · by Islaminaction · 19 replies · 630+ views
    Logan's Warning ^ | January 23rd, 2010 | Christopher Logan
    The recent uptick of the Islamic “tolerance” of Christianity continues and this time the hate has arisen in Indonesia. Isn’t Indonesia supposed to be one of those so called “moderate” Islamic countries? 01/23/2010 INDONESIA North Sumatra, two Protestant churches burnt: “too many faithful and too many prayers” by Mathias Hariyadi At least 1,000 people set fire to the Pentecostal community places of worship.
  • Supervolcano eruption -- in Sumatra -- deforested India 73,000 years ago

    11/23/2009 12:23:04 PM PST · by decimon · 25 replies · 1,390+ views
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A new study provides "incontrovertible evidence" that the volcanic super-eruption of Toba on the island of Sumatra about 73,000 years ago deforested much of central India, some 3,000 miles from the epicenter, researchers report. The volcano ejected an estimated 800 cubic kilometers of ash into the atmosphere, leaving a crater (now the world's largest volcanic lake) that is 100 kilometers long and 35 kilometers wide. Ash from the event has been found in India, the Indian Ocean, the Bay of Bengal and the South China Sea. The bright ash reflected sunlight off the landscape, and volcanic sulfur...
  • Deadly Earthquake Hits Indonesian Coast ( Thousands trapped says WSJ)

    09/30/2009 6:57:45 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 36 replies · 1,602+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | OCTOBER 1, 2009 | By TOM WRIGHT and YAYU YUNIAR * ASIA NEWS
    JAKARTA, Indonesia -- A powerful earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island Wednesday afternoon, killing at least 100 people and trapping thousands of people beneath flattened buildings. A complete death toll wasn't possible in the immediate aftermath but Indonesian officials indicated the toll could rise significantly. Podcast from the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. More Back-to-Back Temblors Were Unusual The earthquake had a magnitude of 7.6, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and hit offshore 30 miles from Padang, a city of about 750,000 on Sumatra's western coast. The quake was felt as far as Bangkok, about 1,000 miles...
  • Sumatra’s Ancient Megaliths Give Insight to the Past

    07/15/2009 2:28:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 861+ views
    The Jakarta Post ^ | Wed, 07/15/2009 | Khairul Saleh
    The ancient giant carved stones of South Sumatra – home to the largest number of such megaliths after Egypt and Europe – are remarkable not only for their size and history, but also for the curious supernatural aura that surrounds them. For if you come to look at them, behave yourself, warns Edwin Malian, 35, a keeper in a megalith complex outside Lahat. He tells the cautionary tale of a young man who put a banana on a pig statue as a joke. It is said that before this statue was found 16 years ago, a local dreamed an old...
  • Indonesia Update

    03/07/2009 3:40:30 AM PST · by Cindy · 19 replies · 1,173+ views
    COUNTERTERRORISM ^ | March 6, 2009 09:48 AM | By Kenneth Conboy
    Indonesia Update In a South Jakarta courtroom this week, a Singaporean terror suspect admitted that he was part of a plot to hijack an Aeroflot aircraft from Bangkok and crash it into Singapore’s Changi International Airport. Mohammad Hasan bin Sayanudin, alias Fajar Taslim, was testifying against two other terrorist suspects. All three are charged with killing a Christian high school teacher in South Sumatra province during 2007. They are also charged with plotting to kill two Catholic priests in 2005 and to carry out a bombing of a café in West Sumatra. According to Sayanudin, those who were part of...
  • Indonesia issues tsunami warning after powerful quake

    02/25/2008 1:31:21 AM PST · by maquiladora · 4 replies · 127+ views
    AP ^ | Feb 25, 2008 10:55
    Indonesia issued a tsunami warning on Monday after a powerful quake struck off the western coast of Sumatra island. The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.2 and had the "potential to cause a tsunami," Indonesia's geophysics agency said in a statement.
  • Strong quake hits off Indonesia's Sumatra+

    10/24/2007 3:46:46 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 5 replies · 104+ views
    Kyodo via Breitbart ^ | 10/25/2007 | N/A
    A strong earthquake struck off Indonesia's Sumatra Island early Thursday morning, temporarily triggering a tsunami warning. The local meteorological agency lifted the warning later, according to Reuters news agency. Quoting the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, the Japanese agency said there is no threat of a destructive widespread tsunami. The Japanese agency said the quake at around 4:03 a.m. registered a preliminary 7.0 magnitude. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake marked a preliminary 7.1 and originated around 30 kilometers underground about 330 kilometers south of Padang, Sumatra.
  • Warning Of Tsunami Greater Than 2004

    09/05/2007 7:59:13 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 773+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-5-2007 | Roger Highfield
    Warning of tsunami greater than 2004 By Roger Highfield, Science Editor Last Updated: 6:01pm BST 05/09/2007 Tens of millions of people who live in the Bay of Bengal face the threat of a tsunami as massive as the one that devastated the Sumatran coast in 2004, a leading geologist warns today. Satellite images showing Banda Aceh before (top) and after (bottom) the 2004 tsunami While the Boxing Day 2004 disaster took the scientific community by surprise, killing around a quarter of a million people, one geologist who had sounded the alert about the dangers in the Indian Ocean now says...
  • Powerful Indonesian earthquake kills 70

    03/06/2007 3:55:48 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 346+ views
    AP ^ | 03/06/07 | ZAKKI HAKIM,
    Powerful Indonesian earthquake kills 70 By ZAKKI HAKIM, Associated Press Writer 20 minutes ago A powerful earthquake crumpled houses across a large swath of western Indonesia on Tuesday, killing at least 70 people and injuring hundreds, authorities said, predicting that the toll would rise. The magnitude 6.3 quake struck on Sumatra island and was felt as far away as neighboring Malaysia and Singapore, where some tall buildings were evacuated. It was followed by several strong aftershocks. "Women were crying out in terror. We all just fled as quickly as we could," said Alpion, a welder in the seaside town of...
  • Quake hits Sumatra, tremor felt in Singapore

    03/05/2007 8:48:44 PM PST · by JennysCool · 8 replies · 391+ views
    CNN ^ | 03/05/07 | Reuters
    JAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) -- An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale shook Indonesia's Sumatra island on Tuesday, panicking residents in West Sumatra province and sending slight tremors to neighboring Singapore. The United States Geological Survey said the quake's magnitude was 6.3 and its epicentre was around 420 km (260 miles) from Singapore. The Indonesian national quake centre said the epicentre was 16 km (10 miles) west of the city of Batusangkar. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
  • Toba in Sumatra a candidate for super volcano ???

    01/14/2007 3:28:48 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 55 replies · 1,916+ views
    India Daily ^ | Jan 6 2007 | India Daily Technology Team
    The devastating Tusnami was precursor to what is coming in 2012. Toba in Sumatra can explode 100 times more violently than what happened 74,000 years back. The last supervolcano to erupt was Toba 74,000 years ago in Sumatra. Ten thousand times bigger than Mt St Helens, it created a global catastrophe dramatically affecting life on Earth. Scientists now find through extrapolation cycle study that the 74,000 years back super volcano in Toba, Sumatra was the warm up for what may be coming in 2012. Around Toba, increasing harmonic tremors have started after the Tsunami two years back. It would devastate...
  • Powerful quake jolts Indonesia's Sumatra Island

    11/30/2006 8:53:27 PM PST · by annie laurie · 21 replies · 1,022+ views ^ | December 1, 2006 (Indonesia date)
    A powerful earthquake shook buildings and panicked residents across a large swath of western Indonesia on Friday, officials and witnesses said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 and was centered underneath northern Sumatra province, said Indonesia's Meteorological and Geophysical agency. The temblor was felt in several towns and cities in the region and lasted around 5 seconds, witnesses told local radio.
  • Washington D.C. Zoo Shows Off Three Sumatran Tiger Cubs (pix and webcam)

    09/03/2006 7:19:49 PM PDT · by Stoat · 51 replies · 2,498+ views
    Fox News ^ | September 3, 2006
    Washington D.C. Zoo Shows Off Three Sumatran Tiger Cubs Sunday, September 03, 2006 WASHINGTON — The introduced three to the public Saturday, more than three months after they were born.The cubs, two female and one male, had been kept inside since their May 24 birth to bond with their mother. In the last few days, the cubs were introduced to the outdoors to make sure that they could safely get around.<<<snip>>>  AP Sept. 3: Two of three Sumatran tiger cubs born at the National Zoo make their debut. AP Sept. 3: Maharani, one of three Sumatran tiger cubs born at the...
  • Discovery Channel Airs New Show on Krakatoa (plus pointers to awesome Montserrat video)

    06/09/2006 12:25:00 PM PDT · by cogitator · 6 replies · 373+ views
    Krakatoa -- Volcano of Destruction premieres 9 PM ET/PT on the Discovery Channel!! If you click this link: Beyond: Volcanoes a player will load with links to four videos; the first will play automatically. The 2nd, "Lava Junkies", is pretty good. The 4th, "Ultimate Guide to Volcanoes: Montserrat" is amazing. It's four minutes long; the final minute has an astonishing sequence in it. Sorry that I don't know a way to skip the commercial preceding it.
  • Why Geography Curses Indonesia -- and Always Will

    05/29/2006 6:40:25 PM PDT · by anymouse · 2 replies · 536+ views
    AFP ^ | May 29, 2006 | Mark McCord
    The powerful earthquake that hit Indonesia was just the latest display of violent seismic activity on the archipelago, which stretches across one of the most unstable parts of the Earth's surface. The country's position on the planet's crust means it will continue to experience such catastrophes, just as it has done for the past 50 million years or so, according to seismologists. "The problem with Indonesia is that you have an area of intense seismic activity coinciding with a very densely populated part of the world," said Gary Gibson, professor of seismology at the RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. "It...
  • Officials 'stumped' by Indonesian bird flu

    05/24/2006 5:25:34 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 26 replies · 892+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | Wednesday, May 24, 2006 | ANTHONY DEUTSCH
    JAKARTA, Indonesia - The U.N. health agency described the deaths of six Indonesian family members from bird flu as the most important development in the spread of the virus since 2003, saying it is investigating whether the disease has spread from person to person. "We have a team down there, they are examining what is going on and they can't find an animal source of this infection," said Peter Cordingley, spokesman for the Western Pacific region of the World Health Organization. "This is the first time that we've been completely stumped" by a source for the infection, he said. Six...
  • Indonesian Jetliner Has Crashed

    09/04/2005 9:14:36 PM PDT · by sonsofliberty2000 · 88 replies · 2,165+ views
    Yahoo Breaking News
    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) An Indonesian jetliner has crashed in a residential neighborhood in Medan, the largest city on Sumatra island.
  • Eerie Underwater Recording of Deadly Indonesian Earthquake

    07/23/2005 4:03:54 AM PDT · by bd476 · 74 replies · 3,264+ views
    Yahoo News & ^ | July 22, 2005 | Robert Roy Britt
    Sound from last December's huge tsunami-causing earthquake was picked up by underwater microphones designed to listen for nuclear explosions. Scientists this week released an audio file of the frighteningly long-lasting cracks and splits along the Sumatra-Andaman Fault in the Indian Ocean. The spine-tingling hiss and rumble is an eerie reminder of the devastation and death that is still being tallied in the largest natural disaster in modern times. At least 200,000 people are thought to have died as a result of the magnitude 9.3 earthquake, the tsunami, and the lack of food, drinkable water and medical supplies that followed. The...
  • Magnitude 6.8 earthquake rocks Indonesia’s Sumatra Island

    07/04/2005 8:29:15 PM PDT · by minus_273 · 13 replies · 488+ views
    msnbc ^ | 7/4/05 | msnbc
    JAKARTA, Indoneisa - A strong earthquake rocked a large swath of Indonesia’s Sumatra Island on Tuesday, shaking buildings and causing panic, witnesses and a meteorological official said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey issued a preliminary report saying the quake measured 6.8. It struck off the west coast of the island at 8:52 a.m. local time and was “strongly felt,” across west Sumatra and outlying islands, said Budi Waluyu, from the government’s geophysical and meteorological agency. Callers to el-Shinta radio station from Medan, a large city on Sumatra, said tall buildings shook and...
  • Scientists: Sumatra quake longest ever recorded- big enough to 'vibrate the whole planet '

    05/19/2005 1:25:51 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 22 replies · 1,229+ views
    CNN ^ | 5-19-05 | Marsha Walton
    (CNN) -- Dramatic new data from the December 26, 2004, Sumatran-Andaman earthquake that generated deadly tsunamis show the event created the longest fault rupture and the longest duration of faulting ever observed, according to three reports by an international group of seismologists published Thursday in the journal "Science." "Normally, a small earthquake might last less than a second; a moderate sized earthquake might last a few seconds. This earthquake lasted between 500 and 600 seconds (at least 10 minutes)," said Charles Ammon, associate professor of geosciences at Penn State University. The quake released an amount
  • Indonesia: Earthquake of magnitude 6.9 in Sumatra

    05/13/2005 11:10:36 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 30 replies · 818+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | May 14, 2005
    ALARM - Indonesia: Earthquake a magnitude of 6,9 in Sumatra JAKARTA - an earthquake a magnitude of 6,9 on the open scale of Richter shook the island indonésienne of Sumatra Saturday, indicated the local weather services.
  • Mega volcano threatens Sumatra islands

    Mega volcano threatens Sumatra islands 4/18/2005 10:53:00 PM GMT Indonesia's Mount Semeru volcano spews smoke in southeast of Surabaya, the capital of East Java Volcanic ashes forced thousands of people in Sumatra Islands flea the active volcanic region, currently experiencing harmonic tremor and other signs of an eminent mega volcano in that region soon. Recent series of volcanoes in the same area are alarming, and has made many geologists run to their computer model seeking clues and validation of facts. Toba in Sumatra experienced the massive volcano of VEI 8.0 – super volcano 74,000 years back. The deep Java trench...
  • Indonesia VP Asked People to Prepare for Krakatoa and Tangkuban Perahu Disaster

    04/13/2005 8:19:32 AM PDT · by dan_s · 10 replies · 812+ views
    Indonesia Tsunami Relief Portal ^ | 13-April-2005 | Indonesia Tsunami Relief Portal
    Jakarta, Detikcom - On Wednesday, Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla asked people living in area near of mount of Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatoa) and Tangkuban Perahu to prepare from being evacuated. The VP announcement released as the danger level has been raised to level III on both volcanoes. ''We asked them to get ready, to be aware, but please don't be panic,'' said Kalla in his office in Jakarta. He added that the government would ask or order them to evacuate when the situation has reached level IV (four). ''They have to be evacuated when the level has reach...
  • Thousands Flee in Panic as Indonesian Volcano Spews Into Life (Sumatra)

    04/12/2005 12:18:51 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 96 replies · 2,216+ views
    Yahoo! News (AFP) ^ | 4/12/2005 | n/a
    Thousands flee in panic as Indonesian volcano spews into life 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 news agency quoted local official Bustamar saying. It said the volcano's status had been raised...