(NST) JAKARTA: A strong 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia early on Monday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, but no immediate damage or casualties were reported. The quake, which was relatively shallow, struck the northeastern corner of Kalimantan on the Indonesian part of Borneo island, 34 kilometres (21 miles) north of the coastal city of Tarakan, according to the USGS. The agency reported the quake hitting at a depth of 22 kilometres. Indonesia’s tsunami warning centre said there was no potential for the quake to trigger a tsunami. There were also no immediate reports of damage. The archipelago nation sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity in the region. Last month, a 6.1-magnitude undersea earthquake struck eastern Indonesia that was felt in Saumlaki and prompted some residents to run outside, though the tremor had no tsunami potential, disaster officials said. Earlier in November, two powerful quakes struck Sumatra – an initial 6.1-magnitude undersea tremor followed hours later by a strong 6.4-magnitude quake.–AFP
This is an update to the double disaster in Indonesia.
Late Monday, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake in Sumatra caused a killer tsunami.
At least 113 people were killed and more than 500 people were missing.
The tsunami hit remote islands that takes about 12 hours boat trip from Padang.
Those islands are popular surfing spots.
10 villages were swept away by waves as high as 3 meters (10 feet).
On Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the tsunami, Mount Merapi in central Java erupted.
At least 25 people were killed in this disaster.
Government volcanologist Surono told AFP that they heard 3 explosions around 6 pm (1100 GMT) spewing volcanic material as high as 1.5 kilometres (one mile) and sending heat clouds down the slopes.
Thousands of people were in makeshift emergency shelters late Tuesday.
The volcano is on the highest alert level.
Mount Merapi is Indonesian most active volcano.
Scientists have warned that pressure building beneath Merapi’s lava dome could trigger its most powerful explosion in years.
If that really happens, it will cause a great disaster.
Indonesia is in the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’.
On Sunday, Mount Sinabung on the north of Sumatra island erupted; and on Monday it erupted again.
The volcano was inactive for four centuries or four hundred years; since 1600.
It shot ash 2 km or 1.5 miles into the air.
The eruption triggered the highest red volcano alert.
About 21,000 people left their houses because it is very dangerous to be near a volcano if it erupts.
Hot lava and burning rocks from the volcano can burn houses, trees and everything on its way down the volcano.
Volcanic ash covered trees, plants, houses and everything in the area.
People leaving the area were also covered by ash.
Some flight to Medan and Sibolga were delayed.
Indonesia in on the Pacific Ring Of Fire.
In April, 2010 the volcanic ash from Eyjafilljallajokull glacier in Iceland closed airspace and airports all over Europe and thousands and thousands of passengers were stranded all over the world.
I wonder if Malaysian airspace and airport will be closed if the volcanic ash problems get worse …