Australia is ready to assist Indonesia and surrounding region after an earthquake off the coast of West Java last night was followed by a tsunami, the Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said today.
The tremor was felt in Jakarta 355 km from the epicentre. Several small hotels along Pangandaran Beach have been destroyed with damage also to Cipatujah-Tasikmalaya, Cilacap and Kebumen.
Mr Ruddock said Emergency Management Australia (EMA) was on standby should Indonesia request any assistance.
A team of medical personnel departs today for Yogyakarta as part of the Australian aid effort to the quake ravaged region.
The Attorney-General Philip Ruddock has approved the activation of a mass casualty evacuation plan to bring injured people from East Timor to Darwin for treatment.
Three strong earthquakes have occured below the Indian Ocean off the west coast of Sumatra with the possibility of a tsunami affecting islands in the region.
Australia is leading a United Nations disaster assessment team being sent to help cyclone torn Pacific nations, Attorney-General Philip Ruddock announced today.
An officer from Emergency Management Australia (EMA), a Division of the Attorney-General's Department, has departed for the Pacific nation of Tokelau, joined by environmental damage and disaster recovery assessors from Samoa and Papua New Guinea to advise local administrators struggling to review devastation caused by recent Tropical Cyclones Olaf and Percy.
Mr Ruddock said the inclusion of EMA disaster assessment …