A catalogue of deadly disasters in Indonesia

2010-10-28 07:59

Jakarta – Indonesia was battling twin natural disasters, with more than 300 people dead after a quake-triggered tsunami hit a remote island chain and the nation’s most active volcano erupted.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, where the meeting of continental plates causes high seismic activity, and has the world’s largest number of active volcanos.

Here are some of the country’s major disasters:

» October 25: A powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake hits a remote island chain off western Sumatra, triggering a tsunami that officials say has killed at least 311 people, with another 379 listed as missing.

A day later, Mount Merapi erupts in central Java, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee the country’s most active volcano. At least 32 people are killed.

» October 4: Flash floods that strike a district in eastern Indonesia’s West Papua province kill at least 148.

» February 23: At least 85 are left dead or missing after a landslide near Bandung to the south of Jakarta.

» November 8: A landslide in Palopo district, South Sulawesi province kills at least 30 people.

» September 30: Earthquake hits near Padang city in Sumatra, killing at least 1 100 people.

» September 2: Quake rocks Java, killing at least 100.

» December 26: More than 130 die in Java floods and landslides.

» July: More than 130 die in Sulawesi floods and landslides.

» March 6: Sumatra quake kills 73.

» February 1: Jakarta floods leave at least 80 dead.

» December 24-29: More than 300 dead and missing after Sumatra floods, and 350 000 left homeless.

» July 17: More than 650 die after an undersea quake strikes off Java, unleashing a tsunami.

» June 20-24: Sulawesi floods leave 350 dead and missing, and 13 000 homeless.

» May 27: A quake in Indonesia’s Yogyakarta region kills 5 800 and leaves 1.5 million homeless.

» March 28: An 8.6 magnitude quake on Nias Island kills at least 900.

» February 21: A refuse landslide buries a shanty town southeast of Jakarta, killing more than 140.

» December 26: An undersea earthquake off the coast of Sumatra Island triggers a tsunami that kills 220 000 in countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168 000 in Indonesia.

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