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powerful quakes rock indonesia

November 26, 2007

Here’s an excerpt from the most detailed news report that I have found about the latest quakes that have hit Indonesia:

Two powerful earthquakes have hit eastern Indonesia, leaving at least three dead and dozens of people injured in the latest in a series of tremors to shake the archipelago.

A government official on Monday said at least 45 people were injured and dozens of buildings destroyed or damaged.

Indonesian officials said the first earthquake of magnitude 6.7 struck about 50km northwest of the island of Sumbawa just after midnight on Sunday. A second earthquake of magnitude 6.8 hit the same area about four hours later. The tremors were also felt on the nearby resort islands of Lombok and Bali.

One of the dead was reported to be a 5-year-old boy, killed by falling masonry. Suriyani, a local doctor, told AFP on Monday that most of the injured were being treated at the general hospital in the worst-affected district of Dompu on Sumbawa island. “We received 34 people injured. Some with slight injuries have gone home already but some 20 people are still under hospital treatment, with broken bones, open wounds and head injuries caused by collapsing walls.”

The Indonesian meteorological agency issued a tsunami warning but it failed to reach the media via the text messaging service usually used to send out alerts. “There were some problems with the technical equipment and the quake was read as being on land, when actually it was undersea,” Ali Imron, an agency official, told AFP. “The threat has already been lifted.”

Witnesses said electricity was temporarily cut in some places including a hospital, which was briefly evacuated, Antara state news agency reported. A worker at the hospital in Raba town about 50km east of Dompu said the tremors caused panic and led to the evacuation of 300 patients, but no casualties were reported in the area. “All the patients in the hospital rushed to the open air outside, they felt the quake quite strongly,” Nining told AFP. “There was panic but I have heard no reports of damage.”

Agung Prasetyo, a local police officer, said the ground shook violently for around 30 seconds.

Earlier on Sunday, a separate earthquake rattled residents on the west coast of Sumatra island causing dozens to flee their homes in the earthquake-prone region. No death or injuries were reported.

Where is Kalimantan?

November 26, 2007

Kalimantan is Indonesia’s region of Borneo, the third largest island in the world after Greenland and Papua. It is divided into 4 provinces: East, South, West, and Central Kalimantan.

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According to The Nature Conservancy in Indonesia, East Kalimantan Province contains some of the last remaining large, intact wilderness areas in Indonesia. Primal rain forests, limestone spires and huge tracts of undisturbed mangroves and seagrass beds all converge here.

According to API Tours, East Kalimantan is the home of the original inhabitants of Kalimantan, the Orang Gunung or Mountain People. The tribes are collectively called Dayak, although this name is not embraced by many tribes-people themselves, who prefer to be known as separate tribal names such as Iban, Punan and Banuaq. Local tribes traditionally live in communal longhouses called Lamin or Umaq Daru and many of those are artistically decorated with carving using animals and plants as motif. They are built on wooden piles, sometimes 3 meters high as protection against animal and flooding. The interior of the longhouse is divided into separate family quarters with a communal where village meetings are held and ceremonies are performed. Guardian statues are usually placed in the front of the house to protect them from evil spirit.

South Kalimantan is divided into two distinct regions by Meratus Mountains, in which the eastern part is mountainous with dense tropical rain forest, while the southern part is much flatter with large rivers meandering through the lowlands to vast mangrove swamps along the coast make the areas exceptionally fertile, and is where the indigenous Banjar people dwell. South Kalimantan is full of colorful and distinctive traditional arts and cultures which can be seen in its people’s way of life, art, dance, music, traditional costume, and ceremonies. The Barito Rivers are literally the life-blood of the city and everything revolves around them. A lot of business is done on the waterways; floating markets flourish selling enormous variety of daily needs.

Central Kalimantan is the biggest province on the island and most of which is dense jungle. The northern area is mountainous and difficult to reach, while the central area is lush tropical forest, and the southern area is swampy and has many rivers. The climate is hot and humid. The art of Central Kalimantan clearly bears the marks of the Kaharingan religion, a form of ancestor worship mixed with elements of animism which is the traditional belief of the Dayaks in the hinterland of Central Kalimantan. Aside from their aesthetic properties, many objects are appreciated for their magic value.

West Kalimantan covers an area rich in a variety of mineral and precious stones, and remains largely unexplored. Kapuas River which is the longest river in Indonesia (1143 km long) divides the town into two providing an essential and historical communication link, and like Java and Sumatra, West Kalimantan was once an important cultural cross-road around the 4th century during the arrival of Hindu and Buddhist and the coming of Islam around the 5th century. The coastal area of west Kalimantan are mainly swampy land with more than 100 rivers sculpting the flat plains, while in the mountainous eastern parts of the province, away from the city and plains are where the Dayak people live.

indonesia rattled by earthquakes

September 13, 2007

At 6:10 p.m. local time on Wednesday, September 12, 2007, an undersea 8.4 magnitude earthquake struck 80 miles southwest of Bengkulu, Sumatra, Indonesia. The tremor triggered a small non-destructive tsunami off the coast.

The following day at 6:49 a.m. local time, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck 125 miles northwest of Bengkulu and caused extensive damage in Padang. Many buildings collapsed afterwards.

Phone lines and electricity were cut, making it difficult to get information about damage and casualties. In Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, hundreds of miles from the quake epicenters, office workers streamed down stairwells as tall office buildings swayed. High-rises also swayed as far as in Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.

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