View Full Version : 7.2 quake triggers tsunami on Indonesia's Java island; at least 6 killed

17th July 2006, 18:48

Jakarta, July. 17 (AP): A powerful earthquake sent a two-meter high tsunami crashing into a beach resort on Indonesia's Java island Monday, killing at least six people and causing extensive damage to hotels, restaurants and homes, police and witnesses said.

Thousands of people along the coast fled to higher ground, some climbing trees or crowding into mosques inland to pray.

``All the houses are destroyed along the beach,'' Teti, a woman at Pangandaran beach in west Java, told el-Shinta radio station. ``Small hotels are completely destroyed and at least one restaurant was washed away.''

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told reporters that at least five people were killed, but Agus, a local police spokesman, told Metro he saw six corpses.

Roads were blocked and power cut along much of beach, hampering efforts to get to victims, he said.


OMG! Not another natural disaster for Indonesia, they've been through enough I would say for the past 2 years with the Tsunami, Earthquake and Volcano Eruption. Very sad to here. I'm suprised only 6 people were killed considering it was a 7.2 earthquake. May God help all the affected ones.

18th July 2006, 12:19
Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Illahi Rijyoon:

From BBCOnline:

More than 300 people are now known to have died in a tsunami that struck the Indonesian island of Java, the health ministry says.

18th July 2006, 14:53
WOW! death toll reaches 300. I really feel sorry for Indonesia. Not 7.2 but a 7.7 magnitude EQ.

18th July 2006, 15:01
The News reported 900 dead today.

18th July 2006, 15:23
The toll keeps rising. Indonesia really has been hit hard over the past 2 years

Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Illahi Rijyoon:

18th July 2006, 17:17
105 dead in Indonesian tsunami

* India issues tsunami warning for Andaman Islands

PANGANDARAN: A tsunami triggered by a strong undersea earthquake off the coast of Indonesia’s Java island on Monday killed at least 105 people, swept away buildings and damaged hundreds of fishing boats, officials and witnesses said.

News of the disaster spread panic across a region still recovering from a tsunami less than two years ago in which nearly 230,000 people were killed or reported missing, mostly in Indonesia.

But there were no reports of casualties or damage in any other country from Monday’s tsunami.

“Our latest data shows 105 people have died while at least 50 are badly injured. The number can climb because many may have been swept away by the waves,” Fitri Sidikah, an official at the Indonesian Red Cross disaster centre, told Reuters. “Around 650 fishing boats are damaged,” she said.

Waves up to five feet high crashed into Pangandaran beach near the town of Ciamis, 270 km southeast of Jakarta, killing 37 people, a local official said.

“The number could grow because when we went to the shore, rescuers were trying to evacuate more bodies,” Rudi Supriatna Bahro told Metro TV.

“The search is still going on to find those who probably have been swept away by the tsunami waves,” Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told reporters on Monday.

The US-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said the quake had a magnitude of 7.2, while the US Geological Survey put it at 7.7.

Indonesia’s state meteorology agency said the quake’s strength was 6.8. reuters

18th July 2006, 18:41
inna lilahi wa inna ilaihi rajioon...

19th July 2006, 15:14
500 plus dead now