Karina M. Tehusijarana
The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Thu, June 14, 2018 | 07:11 pm
Two days before Idul Fitri, residents of Sumenep regency on Madura island, East Java, were surprised by a 4.8 magnitude earthquake that left dozens of houses damaged.
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) recorded the earthquake at 8:06 p.m. on Wednesday, with an epicenter about 6 kilometers northeast of Sumenep at a depth of 12 km.
By Ganug Nugroho Adi
Two phreatic eruptions that occurred at Mount Merapi in Central Java on Friday night have again covered the town of Boyolali with volcanic ash.
The ash shower hit Selo district badly, forcing hundreds of residents of its two villages — Stabelan and Tlogolele — to leave their houses and stay at shelters.
The first eruption occurred around 8.24 p.m., while the second eruption occurred 21 minutes later.
By Gemma Holliani Cahya and Bambang Muryanto
The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) has raised the alert status of Mount Merapi in Magelang, Central Java, from normal to caution, the third-highest level.
The center increased the status at 11 p.m. on Monday after a string of phreatic eruptions, followed by tectonic earthquakes.
Authorities called on residents to prepare for evacuations and asked visitors, including hikers, to stay away from areas possibly affected by Merapi's volcanic activities.
Gisela Swaragita, Arya Dipa and Ganug Nugroho Adi
The Jakarta Post
Jakarta/Bandung/Surakarta | Fri, April 27, 2018 | 10:43 am
Extreme weather incidents are marking the ongoing shift from the rainy season to the dry season in Java, as various parts of the island have been hit with heavy rain and twisters, causing floods, landslides and lots of damage.
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has issued warnings on the potential for heavy rain and predicts the bad weather to last until Saturday.
Dozens of Afghan migrants at the Balikpapan detention center went on a rampage on Friday night, damaging CCTV equipment and doors in a protest against the local government’s policy to treat them like prisoners.
“They broke 20 CCTV cameras,” Balikpapan Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Wiwin Firta said on Saturday.
The police have deployed 180 personnel, including members of the Indonesian Military, to the detention center to control the situation.