Archive | May 9, 2015

Eruption at Mt. Karangetang causes hundreds to flee in Indonesia

Volcano Alert

Hundreds of residents of Siau, Sitaro Islands regency, North Sulawesi, have fled to safer ground after Mount Karangetang erupted.
Mt. Karangetang erupted at 12:30 p.m. local time on Thursday, prompting residents in Bebali subdistrict, East Siau district, in Siau, Tagulandang and Biaro (Sitaro) Islands regency to seek refuge.
Thursday’s eruption discharged lava and sent volcanic ash and pyroclastic flows in the direction of the Batuawang River in East Siau district. The eruption caused panic among residents, who fled the area. People initially took shelter in the Bebali subdistrict office, but moved to the East Siau district administrative office in Ulu after volcanic activity increased.
Mt. Karangetang Observation Station head Yudia Tatipang said the volcano’s alert status remained the same despite the significant increase in volcanic activity.
“The alert status remains at level 3. Pyroclastic flows frequently occur,” said Yudia by phone.
He added that the volcano activity gave no signs of abating soon. “Residents are advised not to return home until further notice,” he said.
“This is the first time we have witnessed a massive eruption,” said Bebali district resident Junico Kasiuhe, 35.
According to Junico, Bebeli residents panicked and fled to safety.
“Residents are terrified of the pyroclastic flows as they are rapid and hundreds of lives could be lost in a matter of seconds. That’s why we immediately took the initiative to evacuate,” said Junico.
Kanang villager Harto Narasiang said the wind had carried volcanic ash to Karalung and Kanang villages in East Siau district.
“The blanket of ash can be 2 centimeters thick and has affected roads in both villages,” said Harto.
Sitaro Disaster Mitigation Center (BPBD) head Bob Wuaten said village administration offices had evacuated about 2,000 residents.
“The BPBD has evacuated about 465 residents to three shelters from both villages,” said Bob.
Besides the shelters, residents have also taken shelter at other residents’ homes. “We evacuated those living within a 200-meter radius from the lava flow. Currently, four homes have been buried by volcanic ash,” he said.
He added that the North Sulawesi provincial administration, BPBD and the local health office had provided relief aid. He urged residents to remain alert and to wear masks, especially those living along the Batuawang River.
East Siau district chief Wilman Panguliman said there was still volcanic activity as of Friday afternoon, although not as much as Thursday.
He added that aid supplies remained available, but evacuees needed mattresses and blankets.
Mt. Karangetang is also known as Api Siau, or Siau Fire. It is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia as it has erupted more than 40 times since 1675 and has had undocumented innumerable minor eruptions. An eruption in 1997 killed three people, while in August 2010 four people went missing during an evacuation effort.
The volcano is among a number of other volcanoes currently showing signs of activity, including mounts Soputan and Lokon in North Sulawesi, Mt. Gamalama in North Maluku, Mt. Slamet in Central Java and Mt. Sinabung in North Sumatra.
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Train collides with vehicle injuring 5 at Long Beach Boulevard, USA

Train Crash Alert

A Metro Blue Line train collided with a vehicle in Long Beach Friday, injuring five people on the train, authorities said.
The crash occurred about 12:20 p.m. near Third Street and Long Beach Boulevard, said Paul Gonzales of Metro.
The victims received hospital treatment for minor injuries, Gonzales said. The driver of the vehicle that collided with the train apparently was not hurt.
The circumstances of the crash were under investigation. Delays of up to 20 minutes were reported while crews worked to clear the scene.
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Depth: 35 km

Distances: 163km (101mi) SSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
176km (109mi) SSW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
445km (277mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
550km (342mi) ESE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
614km (382mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands

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Distances: 3811 km NE of Majuro, Marshall Islands / pop: 25,400 / local time: 00:18:48.2 2015-05-10
336 km SE of Honolulu, United States / pop: 371,657 / local time: 02:18:48.2 2015-05-09
84 km SW of Hilo, United States / pop: 43,263 / local time: 02:18:48.2 2015-05-09
15 km SW of Pāhala, United States / pop: 1,356 / local time: 02:18:48.2 2015-05-09

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Distances: 632 km NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea / pop: 283,733 / local time: 21:14:28.0 2015-05-09
168 km E of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea / pop: 18,847 / local time: 21:14:28.0 2015-05-09

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Distances: 150km (93mi) S of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
234km (145mi) E of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
367km (228mi) W of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
382km (237mi) SSE of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea
695km (432mi) NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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Distances: 146km (91mi) S of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
244km (152mi) E of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
358km (222mi) W of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
383km (238mi) SSE of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea
705km (438mi) NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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Distances: 307 km N of Valletta, Malta / pop: 6,794 / local time: 10:22:42.0 2015-05-09
111 km W of Catanzaro, Italy / pop: 95,251 / local time: 10:22:42.0 2015-05-09
45 km N of Messina, Italy / pop: 252,026 / local time: 10:22:42.0 2015-05-09

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