Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Mount Merapi erupts hours after fatal tsunami

Image source: National Geographic

Update from The Star..
MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (AP): A volcanic eruption and a tsunami killed scores of people hundreds of miles apart in Indonesia - spasms from the Pacific "Ring of Fire," which spawns disasters from deep within the Earth.

Tuesday's eruption of Mount Merapi killed at least 18 people, forced thousands to flee down its slopes and spewed burning ash and smoke high into the air on the island of Java.

Meanwhile, off the coast of Sumatra, about 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) west of the volcano, rescuers battled rough seas to reach Indonesia's Mentawai islands, where a 10-foot tsunami triggered by an earthquake Monday night swept away hundreds of homes, killing at least 113 villagers, said Mujiharto of the Health Ministry's crisis center. Up to 500 others are missing.

The twin disasters happened hours apart in one of the most seismically active regions on the planet.
Continue reading..

According to Reuters,

- The 7.5 magnitude quake hit 78 km west of South Pagai, one of the Mentawai islands, late on Monday.

- Most buildings in the coastal village of Betu Monga were destroyed.

- The Macaronis surfing resort on North Pagai island was also hit. In an official press release, World Surfaris said Macaronis had "experienced a level of devastation that has rendered the resort inoperable".

Reports via Facebook from a surfer at the resort suggested that all villas had been "wiped out" by the tsunami.

- In South Pagai island, waves penetrated about 600 metres into coastal villages, while in North Pagai island, waves reached to the roof of local houses.
More from Reuters..

Wondering in which part of Java Mount Merapi is on? It's south east of Jakarta nearer Bandung. Below is a Google map.

View Larger Map

Related article:
Mount Merapi Erupts - National Geographic


  1. I really, really pity those seems like there is no end to all this natural disaster. :(

  2. Indeed. People living above fault lines experience a lot more natural disasters.

  3. When considering the total in-place value of a clt house system, it is cost competitive to other plate building materials. But you also need to consider all the value added benefits:
    • More savings can be found in the reduced installation cost, usually 50% cheaper than installing other plate materials.
    • With an earlier project completion date, you are open for business sometimes months ahead of schedule.
    • The building structure will weigh less than half the weight of other construction types, so the foundation costs less money.
    • Job site safety is dramatically increased due to the prefabricated CLT panels and usually the only power tools are pneumatic drills