Pangandaran, Java, 2 August 2006 - It is over two weeks since a tsunami hit Java's southern coast, but some 10,000 people sheltering in IDP camps are still refusing to go back to their fully intact houses. As WFP's Barry Came discovered, after a series of natural disasters in Indonesia, they are simply too scared to go home.
Reuters AlertNet 2006/08/01
"The most valuable lesson we got from the Pangandaran incident was that we relied too much on a very bureaucratic structure," Kadiman said in an interview on the sidelines of a regional tsunami meeting on the resort island of Bali.
\\\"We send the information to governors and mayors but these individuals are not on 24-hour alert,\\\" he said.
Reuters AlertNet 2006/07/26
JAKARTA, July 26 (Reuters) - Indonesia will place sirens on cellular phone towers in a bid to warn coastal residents of a tsunami, a minister said on Wednesday, more than a week after huge waves killed hundreds of people on the south coast of Java.
BBC News 2006/07/23
A strong undersea earthquake has struck off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
The authorities initially advised residents to leave coastal areas as a precaution - but later said there had been no tsunami.
Reuters AlertNet 2006/07/23
JAKARTA, July 23 (Reuters) - A strong undersea earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia's Sulawesi island on Sunday, prompting local authorities to warn of the possibility of a tsunami, a meteorology and geophysics official said.
Local officials said there were no immediate reports of any deaths or damage after the quake which they put at 6.6 magnitude, but the authoritative U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake\'s magnitude was 6.1.
BBC News 2006/07/22
Debris from the tsunami is burned as part of the clean-up
The death toll in the tsunami that struck the Indonesian island of Java has risen to more than 650.
BBC News 2006/07/19
Indonesia tsunami system 'not ready'
Eighteen months after the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, hundreds have died after a giant wave struck the Indonesian island of Java.
Their deaths have raised questions about the failure of a promised Indian Ocean tsunami early warning system to sound an adequate alert.
Reuters AlertNet 2006/07/19
PANGANDARAN, Indonesia, July 19 (Reuters) - An aftershock in Indonesia's tsunami-ravaged region and a new tremor off the southwestern Java coast sowed fear on Wednesday as the toll from Monday's disaster climbed to 550.
Reuters AlertNet 2006/07/18
PANGANDARAN, Indonesia, July 19 (Reuters) - An aftershock sent hundreds scrambling for high ground on Wednesday in fear of more giant waves, as rescuers pulled bodies from the debris and aid trickled into this Indonesian town two days after a tsunami.
While the death toll jumped to 525, a search continued for 273 people still missing after the tsunami smashed into a 300-km (186 mile) stretch of coast along southern Java on Monday,
Reuters AlertNet 2006/07/18
JAKARTA, July 18 (Reuters) - Lack of funds has crippled the creation of a tsunami warning system, leaving earthquake-prone Indonesia without a single working detection buoy, an official said on Tuesday, a day after a tsunami killed over 270 people.
No sirens alerted residents in Pangandaran beach, the worst-hit area of Monday\'s tsunami, after a 7.7 magnitude quake struck 180 km (112 miles) offshore in the Indian Ocean.
BBC News 2006/07/18
More than 520 people are now known to have died, and aftershocks are causing locals to panic and run to the hills.
Indonesia\'s government has been criticised for failing to pass on warnings before the tsunami hit.
PANGANDARAN, Indonesia (AP) -- A tsunami crashed into beach resorts and fishing villages on Java island Monday, killing more than 300 people and leaving more than 160 missing after bulletins failed to reach the region because no warning system was in place.
Antara:The Indonesian News Agency 18/07/2006
The tsunami also destroyed many tourism infrastructures, especially restaurants, cafes, fish markets, and hotels in Krapyak Beach, West Beach, East Beach, Batu Hiu, Karang Tirta, Bojong Salawe, Batu Karas, Bulak Banda, Legok, and Bulak Laut Pangandaran.
Thousands of local residents fleeing their homes, are currently being accommodated in emergency makeshift tents and barracks in Cijulang, Kali Pucung, Parigi, and Cidamulih.
A Police post located in the Pangandaran Beach was also seriously damaged. Electricity and communication lines were cut off due to the disaster.
The search and rescue teams are currently digging the debris of ruined hotels and houses to look for more bodies possibly trapped in the debris. Tens of people were reportedly missing in the disaster.
Indonesia's health ministry said Tuesday at least 201 people were confirmed dead, 295 were injured and 125 remained missing across six districts along the southern coasts of Central and West Java provinces.
The New York Times (July 18, 2006)
Deadly Tsunami Strikes Indonesia Coast, Killing at Least 100 on July 17, 2006. (with video report)
EIC SEISMOLOGICAL Note: No.181 (Japanese)
Analysis of the seismic wave
Jakarta Post 2006/07/18
Hardi, a Pangalengan resident, said the wave was coming at a speed of 40 kilometers per hour and smashed hundreds of houses and hotels located some 100 meters from the popular beach.
"The wave was at least five meters high," he said. "More people may be found under the rubbles."
Another resident, Ida, said dozens of local fishermen were feared lost due to the huge wave.
Local authorities have warned the residents to stay away from the beach fearing for more waves.
A tsunami triggered by a strong undersea earthquake off the coast of Indonesia's Java island on Monday killed 105 people, swept away buildings and damaged hundreds of fishing boats, officials and witnesses said.
OCHA Situation Report No. 2 2006/07/17
Reports of casualties and damages varied, but the number continued to increase. The latest media reports put the figure of dead people to 37.
The earthquakes were felt in Jakarta city, Bandung city, Ciamis and Cianjur, and Tasikmalaya districts in West Java and in Surabaya city, East
Java. A Tsunami, generated by the earthquake, was observed in Pangandaran, Ciamis District, and in Cilacap and Kebumen districts, Central Java.
OCHA Situation Report No.1 2006/07/17
1. An earthquake measuring 7.2 on Richter scale with depth of 48.6 km occurred on 17 June, at 8:19 AM UTC (3:19 PM local time) followed by a number of other tremors. The epicentre of the first earthquake was approximately 355 km south of Jakarta and 260 km south of Bangdung, Java, Indonesia. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and Japanese Meteorological agency issued local tsunami warning.
At least five people were killed when a tsunami triggered by a major earthquake hit the southern coast of Indonesia's Java island Monday, the country's president said.
ABC NEWS ONLINE 2006/07/17
One person is confirmed dead and others are missing on the south coast of Indonesia's Java island after a strong undersea earthquake created a small tsunami.
BBC NEWS 2006/07/17
The earthquake, which had a magnitude of 7.2, struck at 15:19 local time (0819 GMT), officials said.