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14 Jul 1999 description
report United Nations

Debate Continues on Means of Strengthening United Nations Economic, Humanitarian and Disaster Assistance

02 Dec 1998 description

By Desmond Wright

FALABESAHAYA, Indonesia, Dec 2 (Reuters) - One timber factory dominated the economy of this tropical outpost. Parts of it are now a twisted ruin after an earthquake this week which killed at least 41 people.

It will take at least six months before the factory is back on its feet, officials said on Wednesday. It is just one of the problems facing Mangole island's people.

"I've been here for four days. We're scared to go back to the house in case it collapses.

02 Dec 1998 description

Ref: OCHAGVA-98/0357
Indonesia - Earthquake
OCHA Situation Report No. 2

01 Dec 1998 description

The death toll from a powerful earthquake that rocked remote islands in eastern Indonesia has jumped to 25 as search teams find more dead and injured.

Another 89 people were injured, 23 seriously, and hundreds of buildings destroyed when the quake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale hit Mangole island just before midnight on Sunday.

Most of the deaths were on the westen part of Mangole, a timber producing island of 38,000 people near the quake's epicentre and 2,010 miles northeast of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

Mosques, churches and a timber factory were razed and some …

30 Nov 1998 description

OCHA/GVA - 98/0354
Indonesia - Earthquake
OCHA Situation Report No. 1

30 Nov 1998 description

At least six people have been killed and 30-injured after a huge earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale hit the Indonesian island of Mangole

Police and government officials warn the death toll from the quake, which sent houses sliding into the sea, could rise because of damage to local towns and a timber factory.

The quake was centred near or on the island of Taliabu in the Maluku Sea.

Meanwhile, up to 16 people have been killed by a landslide outside Jakarta, while trying to illegally dig out gold from an open cut mine.

Four bodies have been recovered from the …

30 Nov 1998 description

Kevin McCue of the Australian Earthquake Information centre says the nature of the quake made a tidal wave unlikley:

The earthquake was probably a strike-slip earthquake which is an earthquake where one side is moving sideways relative to the other without very much vertical displacement of the sea-floor. In that case there probably wasn't a tsunami although there are prpbably other secondary effects such as landslides which may have caused more hazard to human life and property.

=A9 1998 Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Mon Nov 30 12:15:02 1998 ( AEDT )