SECTIONS
Monday, October 22, 2018
NETWORK

New Indonesia quake kills 3 in Java village, shakes Bali

INDONESIA. A signage welcoming guests and delegates to the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Bali, Indonesia. World leaders are in Bali when the magnitude 6 earthquake shook the island on Thursday, October 11. (Laureen Mondoñedo-Ynot)

PALU, Indonesia -- An earthquake collapsed homes on Indonesia's Java island, killing at least three people, and shook the tourist hotspot of Bali on Thursday, October 11, two weeks after a major quake-tsunami disaster in a central region of the archipelago.

Indonesia's disaster agency said the nighttime quake was centered at sea, 55 kilometers (34 miles) northeast of Situbondo city, and also felt in Lombok. The US Geological Survey said it had a 6 magnitude.

The agency said the worst affected area was in Sumenep district, East Java where three people died in one village and several homes were damaged.

It said "the earthquake was felt quite strongly by people in Sumenep and Situbondo for two to five seconds. People poured out of their houses. In other areas the earthquake was felt to be moderate."

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are holding annual meetings on Bali through Sunday, October 14. World leaders, including Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, are in Bali for the event.

Some tourists and residents on Bali went outdoors as a precaution but then back to sleep when there was no tsunami warning.

The country is still working to recover from the earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 2,000 people and left perhaps thousands more buried deeply in mud in some neighborhoods of Palu city in central Sulawesi.

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said Wednesday the death toll from the double disaster on September 28 has risen to 2,045, with most of the fatalities in the coastal city of Palu. More than 80,000 people are living in temporary shelters or otherwise displaced, he said.

Possibly 5,000 people were buried in places where the earthquake caused liquefaction, a phenomenon where wet soil weakens and collapses, becoming mud that sucks houses and everything else into the ground in a quicksand-like effect. Stretches of the coastline were trashed by the tsunami that Nugroho said had waves up to 11 meters (36 feet) high.

The official search for bodies will end Thursday with mass prayers in hard-hit neighborhoods, but Nugroho said volunteers and family members can continue searching. Memorials will be constructed in hard-hit neighborhoods such as Balaroa and Petobo, he said at a news conference in Jakarta.

"People are traumatized. They don't want to go back" to those places, Nugroho said. "They asked to be relocated to another place and a house made for them."

After making a rare appeal for international assistance, Indonesia is now trying to limit foreign involvement in the disaster relief effort. Nugroho said there's no need for international aid other than the four priorities identified by Indonesia — tents, water treatment units, generators and transport.

The disaster agency has circulated guidelines that say foreign aid workers can be in the field only with Indonesian partners. Groups that sent foreign personnel to the disaster zone are "advised to retrieve their personnel immediately," according to those guidelines. (AP)


VIEW COMMENTS
DISCLAIMER:

SunStar website welcomes friendly debate, but comments posted on this site do not necessarily reflect the views of the SunStar management and its affiliates. SunStar reserves the right to delete, reproduce or modify comments posted here without notice. Posts that are inappropriate will automatically be deleted.


Forum rules:

Do not use obscenity. Some words have been banned. Stick to the topic. Do not veer away from the discussion. Be coherent. Do not shout or use CAPITAL LETTERS!