Disasters in Indonesia since 2004

These are the main disasters, man-made and natural, that have hit Indonesia since the Asian tsunami of 2004:

    An earthquake in Yogyakarta in May 2006 killed 4,600 people

    December 26, 2004: More than 130,000 Indonesians are killed and 37,000 listed as missing after a 9.1-magnitude undersea earthquake off Sumatra triggers a series of tsunami which spread throughout the Indian Ocean..
    February 21, 2005: A landslide sweeps through two West Java villages near a garbage dump on the outskirts of Bandung, killing 96 people
    March 28, 2005: More than 900 people are killed after a quake of magnitude 8.7 hits the coast of northern Sumatra. Around 500 more are injured and 2,000 left homeless.
    May 28, 2005: 22 people are killed and many others injured when an explosion rips through a market in the eastern Indonesian town of Tentena, on the island of Sulawesi.
    July 20, 2005: Indonesia confirms its first deaths from bird flu. Tests on a father and his two young daughters, who lived in Tangerang on the outskirts of Jakarta,show they contracted the killer virus.
    September 1, 2005: 17 people are killed and more than a dozen are left missing after a landslide sweeps through villages near Padang city in West Sumatra.
    September 5, 2005: A domestic airliner operated by Mandala Airlines, crashes in a residential area of Indonesia's third biggest city, Medan, killing 102 aboard and 47 local residents in on the ground.
    October 1, 2005: Three suicide bombers detonate bombs in popular tourist areas on the resort island of Bali, killing 20 people. More than 150 are wounded at Jimbaran beach and Kuta beach. The attacks follow a similar incident almost three years when 202 people, mainly tourists, were killed.
    December 31, 2005: Seven people are killed and 53 more injured when a bomb packed with nails explodes in a crowded market selling pork ahead of New Year celebrations in Palu, capital of Central Sulawesi province.

    January 1, 2006: Almost 8,000 people are left homeless by flash floods and landslides in the East Javan province of Jember. 79 are killed.

    January 5, 2006: 102 out of 184 houses in Dunsun Gunung Raja are buried in a landslide. 34 people are killed, scores of others are rescued.

    February 22, 2006: At least 32 people are killed as landslides and flash flood sweep through villages near the city of Manado. Dozens of others are injured.

    April 21, 2006: More than 20 people die in landslides and floods in Trenggalek in Eastern Java.
    May 15, 2006: Orders are given for 17,000 people to be evacuated after Mount Merapi volcano on the island of Java erupts raining ashes on surrounding areas.
    May 27, 2006: 4,600 people are killed in the area around the ancient royal city of Yogyakarta after it is hit by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake – some 35,000 buildings are reduced to rubble.

    June 22, 2006: Four days of heavy rains trigger floods and landslides, killing 200 people. 130 more are reported missing. Worst affected is Sulawesi island.

    July 17, 2006: A 7.7-magnitude earthquake off the southern coast of Java kills more than 650 people.

    July 23, 2006: A strong undersea earthquake. Magnitude 6.1, strikes off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


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