Indonesia battles freak waves, quakes, and whirlwinds

January 12, 2011 VIVAnews – Scores of homes on the coastal area of Sikka Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, were severely damaged by massive waves of more than 3 meters in height last night. More than 500 people are seeking refuge to safer places. “I’ve lost my house. Like tsunami, the huge walls of waters destroy everything on the coast,” said Nikodemus Domi, an inhabitant of Kelurahan Waioti, today, Jan 12. The local administration has deployed an emergency response team to assist and evacuate the affected people. 43 homes are found destroyed and collapsed into the sea. In addition, dozens of fishermen’s boats were smashed by the waves. Extreme weather also caused a whirlwind to take place in some other areas in the province. Rehobot Ship from Oeba harbor was also thumped by the high waves on Tuesday. As many as 15 passengers and ship crews were rescued by local fishermen who happened to be around the scene. “Most of the passengers jumped into the sea on jerry cans and boards. Fishermen then came to the rescue,” said the ship’s captain, Yusuf Ton. –Viva News
VIVAnews – “2010 is considered the year with the highest intensities of earthquakes ever recorded since 2005. Presidential adviser on Social Aid and Disaster, Andi Arief, said in a statement that 662 earthquakes occurred along 2010. As for earthquakes whose magnitudes are above 5 on the Richter scale, they shook the country 602 times. November saw the most frequent earthquakes by 110 times. Meanwhile, as for earthquakes stronger than 6 on the Richter scale, they rattled the archipelago 53 times. At least earthquakes above 7 on the Richter scale of strength hit the nation seven times. In 2009, 465 earthquakes rocked the nation, provided 4 earthquakes at more than 7 on the Richter scale in intensities.” –VNews
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2 Responses to Indonesia battles freak waves, quakes, and whirlwinds

  1. brandon-v says:

    does this mean that indonesia is set to be hit by a major quake like in 2004?


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