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Indonesia Mount Merapi: Volcanic eruption on Java island unleashes clouds of ash and smoke into the sky

Mount Merapi in Indonesia erupted on the densely populated island of Java, spewing smoke and ash high into the air and sending streams of lava and gasses down its slopes. The volatile volcano unleashed clouds of hot ash at least seven times on Sunday, as well as a series of fast-moving pyroclastic flows – a […]

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Massive fire engulfs Indonesian oil refinery, hundreds evacuated

Indonesian state oil company Pertamina shut its Balongan oil refinery in West Java as it battles to control a massive fire that broke out overnight, injuring five people. About 950 nearby residents had been evacuated, Pertamina said on Monday, with videos shared on social media showing huge flames engulfing the 125,000 barrels per day facility, […]

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Indonesia: Bus carrying high school children plunges into ravine, 27 killed

A bus carrying school children and parents returning from an excursion plunged into a ravine in the island of Java, Indonesia on Wednesday night, killing 27 people, authorities said. The search and rescue agency said in a statement on Thursday that the driver of the bus lost control shortly before the crash in an area […]

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Indonesia’s Mount Merapi erupts again spewing ash, smoke and a river of lava

Indonesia’s most active volcano erupted once again with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 1,500 metres down its slopes. It was the Mount Merapi’s longest lava flow since authorities raised the volatile volcano’s danger level in November, said Hanik Humaida, the head of Yogyakarta’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center. The alert […]

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Indonesia’s Mount Semeru erupts, spewing ash and smoke above Java island

Indonesia’s Mount Semeru erupted, pouring ash and smoke an estimated 5.6 kilometer into the sky above Java, the country’s most densely populated island. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (NDMA) warned villagers living on the mountain’s slopes to be alert for ongoing volcanic activity. Footage showed ash from the 3,676m (12,060ft) volcano looming over homes. “The […]

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Death toll from Sulawesi earthquake rises as officials struggle to find survivors

At least 56 people have died after a powerful 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia’s West Sulawesi province on Friday, the disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) said on Sunday. Over 820 people were injured, 15,000 displaced. Many sought refuge in the mountains, while others went to cramped evacuation centres. Indonesia’s meteorological, climatology and geophysical agency (BMKG) chief […]

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Crashed Indonesian plane passed airworthiness inspection test last month

Sriwijaya Air aircraft that crashed into the sea off the coast of Jakarta, Indonesia had passed an airworthiness inspection last month, officials said. Flight SJ182 was grounded between March and December last year, resumed commercial flights on 22 December. Preliminary findings also showed the aircraft was still functioning and intact before it crashed. The plane […]

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Indonesian teenager reunited with family with help of Google Maps after 11 years

A 17-year-old Indonesian from Sragen in the Central Java province was reunited with his family after more than 11 years with the help of Google maps. Living in an orphanage, the teenager named Ervan Wahyu Anjasworo remembered the market his grandmother used to take him when he was a child. He searched for the market […]