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A strong magnitude 5.9 earthquake occurred at 18:54:48 (UTC) on Thursday, September 21, 2006, south of Java, Indonesia, 140 km South of Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia, at a depth of 10 km.

Location 9.075S, 110.369E

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A strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake occurred at 13:58:56 (UTC) on Tuesday, September 19, 2006, south of Java, Indonesia, 190 km ENE of Christmas Island, at a depth of 10 km.

Location 9.931S, 107.317E

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A strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake occurred at 09:45:23 (UTC) on Saturday, September 16, 2006, in the Seram region, 155 km ENE of Ambon, Moluccas, Indonesia, at a depth of 10 km.

Location 3.133S, 129.457E

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"The tsunami warning has been cancelled. The epicentre of the quake was 33 km in the sea with a magnitude of 5.4 on the Richter scale" - Subagio, official at the state meteorological agency.

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A magnitude 6.4 undersea earthquake struck Indonesia's Moluccas islands on Tuesday with a possibility of a tsunami.

"There is a possibility of a tsunami, but until now we have not received a report that it has happened" - Fauzi, head seismologist at the meteorological agency.

The epicentre of the quake is southwest of Tual island, due east of East Timor and due north of Darwin in northern Australia, at a depth of 33 km beneath the Banda Sea.

Source Reuters

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A strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake occurred at 20:54:12 (UTC) on Friday, August 11, 2006, in the Simeulue region, 285 km WNW of Sibolga, Sumatra, Indonesia, at a depth of 10 km.

Location 2.374N, 96.321E

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A moderate magnitude 5.9 earthquake occurred at 14:45:04 (UTC) on Wednesday, August 2, 2006, south of Lombok, Indonesia, 205 km SouthSouthWest of Mataram, Indonesia, at a depth of 10 km.

Location 11.163S, 116.779E

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Longitude 110.48808E Latitude 7.75936S

May 27 quake (309kb, 802 x 539)


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The Hindu temple complex of Prambanan, that consist of eight towers in the Javanese plain surrounded by more than 200 smaller shrines, was severely damaged by the earthquake on May 27th.
The temple complex , that is a UNESCO World Heritage site, had survived for more than 1000 years.

The earthquake left intricately carved and carefully restored reliefs lying on the ground.
It destroyed years of restoration work in less than a minute. One temple entrance was entirely blocked by debris.

"It will take months to identify the precise damage" - Agus Waluyo, head of the Yogyakarta Archaeological Conservation Agency.

Culturally Java is one of the richest areas in South-East Asia. While it is largely Muslim now, it has been Hindu and Buddhist in the past. Prambanan was built in the ninth and 10th centuries, with three main shrines dedicated to the chief Hindu deities, Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.
The site was abandoned soon after construction and was rediscovered by Dutch colonials in the 18th century.
The ninth-century Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument on Earth, was not damaged.

According to the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (28 May), there have been 752 aftershocks (with the largest intensity recorded at 5.2 on Richter scale) following the 5.9 earthquake that struck Central Java on 27 May.

The Secretariat of the National Coordinating Board for the Management of Disaster (BAKORNAS PB) reported that there have been 20,684 houses completely destroyed and 44,445 houses damaged.
Currently, the death toll now stands at 5,136.

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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) today observed the area stricken by the earthquake on May 27, using the two onboard sensors of the Advanced Land Observing Satellite "Daichi" (ALOS), the Phased Array type L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (PALSAR) and the Advanced Visible and Near Infrared Radiometer type 2 (AVNIR-2), to provide observation data to the International Charter "Space and Major Disaster" and the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space of Indonesia (LAPAN).

IMAGE (690kb, 1949 x 1625) around Yogyakarta taken by the Phased Array type L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (PALSAR). The image on the bottom right was acquired at 11:40 a.m. on May 28 (Japan Standard Time, JST) and the upper right one was observed before the earthquake (May 16, this year, JST.)

Officials at Indonesia's social affairs ministry have said that 4,983 people were known to have died, while other reports put the death toll at more than 5,100.
Heavy rain late on Sunday made conditions worse for those left homeless by the quake.
United Nations aid agencies are due to meet in Geneva today to plan humanitarian relief for the country.

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