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Japan earthquake: Magnitude 6.8 quake strikes off northwestern Japan, tsunami warning issued

Japan earthquake: Magnitude 6.8 quake strikes off northwestern Japan, tsunami warning issuedA 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck off northwestern Japan, triggering a tsunami warning.



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Indonesia's latest tsunami raises global questions over disaster preparedness

Indonesia's latest tsunami raises global questions over disaster preparednessThe Dec. 23 tsunami killed around 430 people along the coastlines of the Sunda Strait, capping a year of earthquakes and tsunamis in the vast archipelago, which straddles the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire. “Indonesia has demonstrated to the rest of the world the huge variety of sources that have the potential to cause tsunamis. More research is needed to understand those less-expected events,” said Stephen Hicks, a seismologist at the University of Southampton.



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Indonesian Volcano Shrinks After Collapse Triggers Tsunami

Indonesian Volcano Shrinks After Collapse Triggers TsunamiThe height of the more than 90-year-old volcano has been reduced to about 110 meters from 338 meters after eruptions intensified in the past week, according to the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation. The eruptions also eroded the mass volume of the volcano to about 40 to 70 million cubic meters from 180 million earlier, it said. The shrinking of the volcano in height and size reduces the risk of another landslide leading to a tsunami, Antonius Ratdomopurbo, secretary of Indonesian energy ministry’s geology agency, told reporters in Jakarta on Saturday.



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Indonesian tsunami volcano lost two-thirds of its height

Indonesian tsunami volcano lost two-thirds of its heightThe Indonesian volcano which caused a tsunami that killed more than 400 people last week lost more than two-thirds of its height following the eruption which triggered the killer waves. A section of Anak Krakatoa’s crater collapsed after an eruption and slid into the ocean, generating the tsunami last Saturday night. A visual analysis by the Indonesian volcanology agency found the volcano has lost more than two-thirds of its height, an official said Saturday.



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Indonesia trims tsunami death toll, hikes injury tally

Indonesia trims tsunami death toll, hikes injury tallyThe number of people evacuated after Indonesia’s deadly tsunami has nearly doubled to some 40,000 while more than 7,000 were injured in the disaster, officials said Friday, as they trimmed the official death toll. The fresh figures come a day after Indonesia’s disaster agency raised the danger alert level for an erupting volcano that sparked the killer tsunami at the weekend. “We’re recommending that people who lived near the beach be permanently relocated,” national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told a press briefing in Jakarta.



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Weather hampers efforts to inspect Indonesia tsunami volcano

Weather hampers efforts to inspect Indonesia tsunami volcanoJAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Bad weather and a massive ash column hampered efforts to assess whether Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano island could trigger another deadly tsunami as authorities said Friday the search for victims in the worst-affected province will continue into January.



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Heavy rain slows rescue work as overflowing hospitals struggle to cope in aftermath of Indonesian tsunami

Heavy rain slows rescue work as overflowing hospitals struggle to cope in aftermath of Indonesian tsunamiIndonesian search and rescue teams on Wednesday plucked stranded residents from remote islands and pushed into isolated communities desperate for aid in the aftermath of a volcano-triggered tsunami that killed over 400. But torrential rains hampered the effort and heaped more misery on the region, as officials warned another killer wave could hit the stricken area. The disaster agency cautioned residents to stay clear of the coast, as fresh activity at the Anak Krakatoa volcano, which sits in the middle of the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands, threatened to spark another tsunami. A section of the crater – which emerged at the site of the legendary Krakatoa volcano, whose massive 1883 eruption killed at least 36,000 people – collapsed after an eruption and slid into the ocean, triggering Saturday night's killer wave. Residents evacuate from Sebesi Island at Tennis Court Kalianda in South Lampung, Indonesia on December 26, 2018 Credit: Andalou The disaster agency slightly raised the death toll on Wednesday to 430, with 1,495 people injured and another 159 missing. Medical workers have warned that clean water and medicine supplies were running low – stoking fears of a public health crisis – as thousands of displaced survivors cram shelters and hospitals. The co-ordinator of the Indonesia Red Cross, Ridwan Sobri Carman, called on the government to do more.  “[People] need tents, vitamins, blankets, clean and drinking water and better food,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “We provide those materials, but clearly that is not enough.” In the Pandeglang area of Banten Province the Head of Red Crescent Indonesia said that local health centers needed more surgeons and orthopedic specialists, as well as general practitioners and paramedics.  “Health centers lack essential medical equipment – even body bags,”  Mangaradja Victor told teh Daily Telegraph, adding that the area is in dire need of disease prevention support as refugees are camped out in exposed areas on the sides and terraces of local mosques. Many of an estimated 22,000 displaced people fear going back to their communities. “I'm here because people said there could another tsunami,” Etin Supriatin told AFP from an evacuation centre in shattered Labuan. The disaster agency dispatched helicopters to drop supplies into hard-to-reach communities, while hundreds of residents on tiny islands in the Sunda Strait were airlifted or taken by boat to shelters. Sniffer dogs are being used to find those still missing as grief-stricken relatives lined up at identification centres. But hopes of finding any survivors beneath the rubble have dwindled. Tubagus Cecep, 63, waited nervously at the area's main identification centre to see if a body was that of his missing son. “I'm scared my son is dead, but if I keep my faith in God maybe he could have been swept away somewhere and is still alive,” he told AFP.



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Indonesia says avoid coast near volcano, fearing new tsunami

Indonesia says avoid coast near volcano, fearing new tsunamiCARITA BEACH, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities urged people to avoid the coast in areas where a tsunami killed at least 430 people over the weekend in a fresh warning issued on the anniversary of the catastrophic 2004 Asian earthquake and tsunami.



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Indonesia prays on anniversary of 2004 Boxing Day tsunami

Indonesia prays on anniversary of 2004 Boxing Day tsunamiThousands prayed at mass graves Wednesday to mark the 14th anniversary of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, one of the worst natural disasters in history, even as aid workers raced to help victims of the latest killer wave to hit Indonesia. The annual memorial came after the long-buried remains of dozens of Boxing Day tsunami victims were found last week in Aceh province, which was devastated by the 9.1-magnitude “megathrust” earthquake. Nearly 170,000 people died in disaster-prone Indonesia when the quake struck Aceh, a predominantly Muslim province in the northern tip of Sumatra island, sparking massive waves that also slammed into coastal areas as far away as Somalia.



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Indonesia tsunami survivors hold vigil at Christmas mass

Indonesia tsunami survivors hold vigil at Christmas massInstead of holding festivities and exchanging presents, Pastor Rusman Anita Sitorus led a tearful vigil at a mass in her small church. “We were planning on holding a Christmas celebration every year, but this year is different due to the tsunami,” Sitorus said, as churchgoers lit candles and cried while praying. The occurrence of the disaster during the Christmas season evoked memories of the Indian Ocean tsunami triggered by an earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004, which killed 226,000 people in 14 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.



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