Natural Disasters

Dec 27th, 2006, in News, by

President Yudhoyono advises the people not to be superstitious about natural disasters.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, putting some distance between himself and some of his rather superstitious predecessors, namely presidents Suharto and Gus Dur, said on the 20th of December that natural disasters were inevitable in Indonesia, for geological and other environmental reasons, and that the people should not think of them in terms of their mystical beliefs or as a result of political happenings.

Krakatau
Krakatau: The Destruction and Reassembly of an Island Ecosystem.

The various earthquakes, such as the one in Yogyakarta in May 2006, and the southern Java earthquake and tsunami of July, as well as the massive Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, that had happened recently were not unusual and in the past much worse catastrophes had occured.

More than one thousand years ago a Sumatran volcano erupted creating a gigantic hole that we now know as Toba Lake. It is believed the Sumatran volcano’s eruption was the most horrifying explosion ever registered on earth but this event has long been forgotten by people today.

Then again at the beginning of the 19th century, Mt. Tambora erupted killing tens of thousands of people. Later that century Mt Krakatau erupted and also killed untold numbers. antara

Dust from the Mt. Krakatau eruption reached Europe while a tsunami following the eruption swept through the islands of Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan and the Malaysian peninsula.


45 Comments on “Natural Disasters”

  1. Hassan says:

    Thank God they finally found the Adam Air wreckage. The families of the victims must be relieved (temporarily at least) to hear the news.

  2. Ali says:

    Free competition is good for consumers, the more airlines out there the merrier – we have more choices. BUT without proper oversight and control it is a disaster, like this one and many other examples.

    Regardless of the root cause of this accident, I can’t help but say that (a lot of) Indonesians are amazing, at almost all levels they don’t think much of the implications of what they do. Even on technologically complex equipment like aircrafts, a lot of corners are cut, maintenance procedures and schedule skipped. As if they’re operating a fleet of Bajaj.

    The KNKT should partly be held responsible for situation in general – including train and ferry accidents. All the incidents clearly shows lack of oversight.

  3. Hassan says:

    The transportation minister should resign, if he still have any feeling of shame left in him. KNKT is only good at finding wreckages and investigating accidents, NOT in preventing the accidents on the first place.

  4. 1ndra says:

    Preventing the accident in the first side might not let the old ‘bobrok’ airplane used in Indonesia then redesign the communication/information technology so the pilot know what wait ’em and how to deal with it.

  5. Hassan says:

    What is wrong with Indonesia anyway? The tsunami, the earthquake in Yogya, the mud eruption in porong, the landslides nearly in every part of Indonesia, the yearly floods in some major cities, the forest fires and the smoke we exported to our neighboring countries, the busung lapar cases, the bird flu outbreak, plane crashes (Adam air, and Lion air not so long ago), ships sunk. It’s one thing after the other.

    Should all of those things be attributed to natural disasters? Are we without fault? What about our government? Nothing wrong with the way they administrate our country?

  6. Ali says:

    Isn’t KNKT the Indonesian version of the NTSB? – responsible for establishing the technical safety guidelines, doing inspections, etc.? If it is then is should be partly responsible for all these accidents.

    Anyway, yes, we should contemplate why we’re being hit by a series of disasters – natural or not.

  7. 1ndra says:

    The tsunami and earthquake are out of catch, but the global warming is our responbility.

  8. Hassan says:

    1ndra: Perhaps the tsunami, earthquake, etc were Allah’s warning to us for being ignorant and enjoyed comitting sins all the time. 🙂

    “Tidak ada yang terjadi sia-sia”. One thing relates to another.

  9. 1ndra says:

    Yes, we should point it that way, a warning.

  10. Ihaknt says:

    1ndra, but it could also be a warning that people should use their heart and start to be a bit more tolerant towards each other regardless of their believes, race, gender, social status?

  11. 1ndra says:

    All of them…:)

  12. Hassan says:

    Amen to that. 😀

  13. Tomaculum says:

    Maybe CIA or Mossad controlling the ocean and the weather?
    🙂

  14. 1ndra says:

    No, they are controlling the remote car bombing, with satellites. 🙂

  15. Tomaculum says:

    Yeah, the bad guys!

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