Yogyakarta, Indonesia, May 28, 2006- A major earthquake of 6.2 magnitude struck the densely populated city of Yogyakarta at 5:45 am Saturday, May 27. Current death estimates are now at 4,600 and rising. An additional 20,000 people are injured and 200,000 people are now homeless. This is the first disaster to strike Indonesia since the 2004 tsnumai.
(New York, NY...March 29, 2005) Hundreds of thousands of people in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and India were re-traumatized last night when an 8.7 earthquake hit the shores of a remote Indonesian island. The quake struck near Nias Island off Sumatra and devastated the main town, Gunungsitoli, causing fear throughout the region about a potential tsunami.
American Jewish World Service sprung into action, contacting its project partners and volunteers in the region to activate support.