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March 12, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writer
Japan continued to be rocked by aftershocks Saturday following Friday's 8.9 magnitude earthquake. The nation has experienced more than 154 aftershocks of magnitude 5 or greater since the earthquake, according to Paul Caruso, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey earthquake information center in Golden, Colo. Of the aftershocks, 27 have been magnitude 6 or greater, Caruso said. Photos: Scenes from the earthquake Caruso said it was difficult to determine how long the aftershocks will last.
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February 14, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis
At least three people were killed and tens of thousands forced to flee their homes when a volcano erupted on Indonesia's most populous island, shutting down airports and showering the region with ash and grit. The eruption of Mt. Kelud in Java began late Thursday night and could be heard as far as 125 miles away, according to local news reports . “The eruption sounded like thousands of bombs exploding,” Ratno Pramono, a 35-year-old farmer from the nearby village of Sugihwaras, told the Associated Press.
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October 3, 2009 | Raja Abdulrahim
The 2004 Sumatra earthquake that set off a deadly tsunami also seems to have caused more earthquakes along the San Andreas fault in the last few years, according to a study from UC Berkeley. The study analyzed 20 years of data in the Parkfield area, which sits on the fault, and found that the disastrous earthquake weakened the fault, changing both the frequency and strength of earthquakes in the area. "So you will have many earthquakes, but the magnitude will be smaller than expected," said Taka'aki Taira, a seismologist at UC Berkeley who headed the study.
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January 6, 2012 | By Susan Spano, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Four a.m. is a terrible time of day, too late for night owls, too early for early risers. The exception is 4 a.m. at Borobudur, waiting for the sun to rise over the Kedu Plain in central Java with 504 figures of Buddha. The temple is one of three great religious sites in Southeast Asia, but it's older and more esoteric than Bagan in Myanmar and Angkor Wat in Cambodia. It was begun in the 8th century by the Sailendras, a dynasty of Buddhist kings who ruled central Java for almost 200 years until their power waned and the temple was abandoned.
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June 7, 1989 | From United Press International
A train slammed into a speeding bus near the village of Gunting Saga in northern Sumatra, killing 16 people and injuring 34 others, police said Tuesday.
WORLD
July 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A Singaporean who met several times with Osama bin Laden was among nine terrorism suspects arrested in Palembang, Indonesia, a local television station reported. The men dropped their plan to attack Western tourists on the island of Sumatra after realizing that many Indonesians could also die, TVOne quoted anti-terrorism police as saying. Only the Singaporean's nationality was given.
WORLD
February 14, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis
At least three people were killed and tens of thousands forced to flee their homes when a volcano erupted on Indonesia's most populous island, shutting down airports and showering the region with ash and grit. The eruption of Mt. Kelud in Java began late Thursday night and could be heard as far as 125 miles away, according to local news reports . “The eruption sounded like thousands of bombs exploding,” Ratno Pramono, a 35-year-old farmer from the nearby village of Sugihwaras, told the Associated Press.
TRAVEL
January 6, 2012 | By Susan Spano, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Four a.m. is a terrible time of day, too late for night owls, too early for early risers. The exception is 4 a.m. at Borobudur, waiting for the sun to rise over the Kedu Plain in central Java with 504 figures of Buddha. The temple is one of three great religious sites in Southeast Asia, but it's older and more esoteric than Bagan in Myanmar and Angkor Wat in Cambodia. It was begun in the 8th century by the Sailendras, a dynasty of Buddhist kings who ruled central Java for almost 200 years until their power waned and the temple was abandoned.
NEWS
August 4, 1986 | GARY LIBMAN
He waited 53 years between dates with her, but Jim Lawson finally married Eleanor Adamson. The Glendale couple, each 72, first met in the summer of 1930 at Idyllwild resort in the San Jacinto Mountains west of Palm Springs. They were 16. They danced, listened to records and ran about with girlfriends and boyfriends, but when the vacation ended, Jim went home to Riverside and Eleanor returned to Glendale. Jim hitchhiked in several times to see her.
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December 10, 1989 | MENUK SUWONDO, REUTERS
Michael Priyono straddled the tame elephant just after midnight and chased two of its wild brothers through the dense Sumatran jungle. Twenty miles later, the 37-year-old Indonesian government worker gave up. "We'll chase them again tomorrow," he said. Priyono, who heads a program to save elephants in the area, had hoped to capture the beasts after they strayed into a nearby coconut plantation and return them to a government reserve.
WORLD
March 12, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writer
Japan continued to be rocked by aftershocks Saturday following Friday's 8.9 magnitude earthquake. The nation has experienced more than 154 aftershocks of magnitude 5 or greater since the earthquake, according to Paul Caruso, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey earthquake information center in Golden, Colo. Of the aftershocks, 27 have been magnitude 6 or greater, Caruso said. Photos: Scenes from the earthquake Caruso said it was difficult to determine how long the aftershocks will last.
WORLD
November 11, 2009 | John M. Glionna
The teenager lay dazed amid the settling dust and debris, his leg trapped by a fallen concrete wall. He sensed that he was going to die. So he made a decision: He would cut off his own limb to save his life. Ignoring the major blood loss, taking deep breaths as he concentrated on the terrible task at hand, the 18-year-old construction worker cut halfway through his right leg just below the kneecap. Finally, too weak to continue, he begged for help, and a fellow worker finished the job for him in the aftermath of the magnitude 7.6 earthquake that struck Sumatra in September.
WORLD
October 30, 2009 | John M. Glionna
They are the ships that fell from the sky; two immovable objects, their very presence defying reason. Residents call them acts of God. Most cannot fathom that the two ocean vessels were transported miles inland by floodwaters of the 2004 tsunami that ravaged this small city on Sumatra's northern tip. Miles apart, both have been left intact as memorials to the 170,000 residents of Aceh province who either died or disappeared in the catastrophe....
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October 3, 2009 | Raja Abdulrahim
The 2004 Sumatra earthquake that set off a deadly tsunami also seems to have caused more earthquakes along the San Andreas fault in the last few years, according to a study from UC Berkeley. The study analyzed 20 years of data in the Parkfield area, which sits on the fault, and found that the disastrous earthquake weakened the fault, changing both the frequency and strength of earthquakes in the area. "So you will have many earthquakes, but the magnitude will be smaller than expected," said Taka'aki Taira, a seismologist at UC Berkeley who headed the study.
WORLD
October 1, 2009 | David Pierson
The death toll in Samoa and American Samoa rose to 99 early today, according to news reports, after a powerful tsunami triggered by a deep ocean earthquake devastated coastal towns. Dozens of people were still missing. Seventeen hours after the magnitude 8.0 temblor struck, another massive ocean earthquake off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island early today killed at least 75 people and trapping thousands under rubble. A tsunami warning was issued in the region but was later lifted.
WORLD
July 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A Singaporean who met several times with Osama bin Laden was among nine terrorism suspects arrested in Palembang, Indonesia, a local television station reported. The men dropped their plan to attack Western tourists on the island of Sumatra after realizing that many Indonesians could also die, TVOne quoted anti-terrorism police as saying. Only the Singaporean's nationality was given.
OPINION
December 29, 2005
IT IS DIFFICULT TO FIND SILVER linings in devastation such as last year's tsunami, which struck the Indonesian island of Sumatra with sickening fury. When the ocean receded, the water was thick with bodies, trees and debris. More than 100,000 were dead, many of them children. But the waves and water accomplished what years of halfhearted negotiations had not: They stopped the violent, decades-long campaign for the independence of Aceh, the province on the northern tip of Sumatra.
NEWS
June 5, 2000 | Associated Press
A powerful earthquake and several strong aftershocks rocked the Indonesian island of Sumatra, leaving at least 44 people dead and thousands homeless, authorities said today. The Indonesian Meteorological and Geophysical Service said the quake, measuring magnitude 7.3, hit at 11:29 p.m. Sunday and was centered beneath the Indian Ocean about 400 miles northwest of Jakarta, the capital. The U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo., estimated the quake's strength at 7.9.
WORLD
September 13, 2007 | Paul Watson, Times Staff Writer
A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra early today, triggering another tsunami warning as rescue crews searched the rubble from a magnitude 8.2 temblor that killed at least five people a day earlier. Buildings shook as far away as Singapore. In Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, more than 370 miles from Wednesday's epicenter, buildings swayed, sending office workers and high-rise residents running into the streets.
WORLD
December 26, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Indonesia rushed tents, food and other emergency aid to flood-ravaged parts of Sumatra on Monday while the United Nations pledged $2 million to help survivors. Soldiers loaded the aid into a military cargo plane in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.
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