Indonesia embarks on quixotic quest to build earthquake and volcano-proof bridge across violent Sunda Strait

April 21, 2012INDONESIAThe islands of Java and Sumatra are a step closer to being linked for the first time in their history by Indonesia’s largest-ever infrastructure project. The China Railway Construction Corporation has inked a deal to invest in the RP 100 trillion ($10.9 billion) Sunda Strait Bridge to link the islands — the largest agreement signed during President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s visit to Beijing last month. The state-owned company is behind several rail projects in Africa and the Middle East. “The challenges are huge, but this will pave the way for a breakthrough,” said Agung Prabowo, president director of Graha Banten Lampung Sejahtera, the Indonesian consortium behind the project. “We’re not out to break any records, but we want the bridge realized, as it will benefit people on both sides.” The 30km bridge had been envisioned by the country’s first president Sukarno since the 1960s, but only recently did steady economic growth make its construction more realistic. A feasibility study is in the works, and construction is to start in 2014. Geologists and disaster management officials have given the all-clear to the proposed design, by renowned Indonesian architect Wiratman Wangsadinata, which would be able to withstand an earthquake of magnitude 9 as well as eruptions of the Anak Krakatau volcano some 50km away. It was formed after the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa. “The Sunda Strait is likely to be the site of a major earthquake,” Professor Masyhur Irsyam of the Bandung Institute of Technology said this week. “But this is only a problem if structures are not designed to be strong enough to resist it.” The bridge will also be 200km from the undersea fault where the Indo-Australian and Eurasian plates meet. As a result, the impact of a tsunami on the bridge will be limited, according to simulations, National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. But forget about hiking across the bridge for now: Winds at the strait are often fierce, and the crossing by ferry can stretch up to four hours. The bridge will link 80 per cent of Indonesia’s 240 million people by road and rail, and will take some 10 years to complete. The world’s largest ships will be able to pass under it, as the bridge will stand 80m at its highest. –Jakarta Globe
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16 Responses to Indonesia embarks on quixotic quest to build earthquake and volcano-proof bridge across violent Sunda Strait

  1. pagan66 says:

    When will man realize that in the schemes of Nature he is totally insignificant & that nothing he can create is Nature “proof”?

    • IM

      Sadly, this is indicative of the lack of a spiritual awakening in the world that will lead to so many unnecessary deaths. Once again, rather than living in concert with the Earth and regulating our growth in concert and symbiotic partnership with the planet’s resources or preparing alternative habitations in low risk seismic areas- the human response to Earthchanges is to challenge the forces of Nature in a vain attempt to prove superiority.

  2. Bone Idle says:

    I hope it does better than the 770metre suspension bridge across the Mahakam river in Kalimantan. That bridge collapsed only after nine years and was not in a geologically sensitive area.

    • Brandon says:

      Alvin, how will 7 billion people be able to survive by living in concert with these earth changes. There are too many of us? Secondly, we do not live in a seismic zone so does that mean we are safe from the earth changes?

      • g

        The 7.5 billion hungry Earth children of the so-called Green Revolution model that morphed into the GMO revolution that’s morphing into the NanoAg revolution has been nudged along by the frenzy of an oil boom in the 1960′s which is now bust, and now by the maddness of Frankensteinian Ag science. Growing seasons are therefore being triple taxed by inceasing demand, bad ecology, and natural disasters and it’s only a matter of time before the land will no longer produce her yield. Then, what will we do? We’re already going to war in Africa and the Middle East over oil? Next, it will be water, and then rice and seeds. So, this crisis is going to reduce the population of the planet down to a fraction of what it is.

        I don’t think anywhere is eventually safe because we live in such an interconnected world that can be criss-crossed in a moment by natural disaster, economic crisis or pestilence or certainly their lingering effects. So, what we’re really asking is how isolated I can become so I’m among the last ones to be affected by these changes? If any of the super-volcanoes exploded, scientists say much of the planet could be 7 years without a growing season. The Laki volcani eruption in Iceland in the late 18th century killed an estimated 6 million people worldwide, including thousands who died as far away as in the Tenmei famine in Japan.

  3. Brian says:

    I would like to thank you Alvin for all dedication and hard work you put into your website. I’ve been following your site for two years now. I can’t help but notice the huge increase in stories relating to earthquakes and volcanoes have greatly increased in the last year. I wonder if the fluctuating magnetic field has anything to do with it…

  4. Brian says:

    I’m also curious as to what is causing our magnetic field to fluctuate so drastically.

  5. Irene C says:

    And Titanic was the ship that not even God could sink.

    Maranatha

  6. niebo says:

    Whether it is “twisted” or “brilliant” minds that think alike, Irene, my thought was more or less the same! :) “Earthquake proof?” Perhaps the engineers should skip the painting of lines and paint targets instead!

  7. Brandon says:

    Alvin,
    I’m sorry but I’m afraid it’s a little bit more serious than that. The Bible sadly states in Isaiah that the earth is laid waste, and few are left alive, and Man is scarcer than gold. That indicates only few will be left alive. God help us! It appears these earth changes may be responsible for that prophecy. So I reckon I answered my own question. LOL! The Bible is the only authority.

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