Mount Sinabung eruption sends hot cloud, lava flying two kilometers

Medan, North Sumatra – Mount Sinabung in Karo District, North Sumatra Province, erupted again, spouting hot cloud and incandescent lava as far as two kilometers away.   The eruption occurred on the night of Friday (Feb 12), and the lava glided reportedly to the east and southeast of Mount Sinabung, Armen Putra, head of the Mount Sinabung Observation Post, stated here on Saturday.   The volcano also spewed hot cloud to a height of some one kilometer toward the east, southeast, and south of Mount Sinabung. Hot clouds of the…

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VP distributes aid packages to flood-stricken victims of Subang

Jakarta – Indonesian Vice President Ma’ruf Amin handed out President Joko Widodo’s humanitarian aid packages to the flood victims in Subang District, West Java Province, on Saturday.   The aid packages comprise 1,500 staple food packages, 200 house cleaning tools, one thousand rapid testing kits, 300 thousand face masks, five thousand cleaning gloves, and one thousand mattresses.   Vice President Amin, in the company of West Java Deputy Governor Uu Ruzhanul Ulum and Subang District Head Ruhimat, symbolically delivered the aid packages to two selected flood victims during an event…

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Despite restrictions, Lunar new year traditions remain strong

Friday marks the beginning of the 15-day Lunar New Year festival, when lanterns normally brighten Chinatowns across the country. But this year, fewer visitors are being spotted at temples with many people choosing to pray at homes with their families.   The Indonesian government has urged Chinese communities in the country to stay home and avoid crowds amid the festivities, while local authorities have limited temples’ capacities as a precautionary measure to curb coronavirus infections.   At a press briefing on Thursday, Minister of Religious Affairs, Yaqut Cholil Qoumas, asked…

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Indonesian Ambassador to the Philippines Sarundayang passes away

Jakarta – Indonesian Ambassador to the Philippines Sinyo Harry Sarundajang, 76, passed away at Siloam Hospital, West Jakarta, on Saturday at 00:31 WIB, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   Sarundajang’s body was kept at his residence in Kelapa Gading and RSPAD before being taken to his hometown in Manado, North Sulawesi Province, by plane, the ministry informed here on Saturday.   Sarundajang had served as the Indonesian ambassador to the Philippines and concurrently the Marshall Islands and Palau since February 20, 2018.     Source: Antara News

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5.5-magnitude quake shakes Pesisir Barat in Lampung

Jakarta – A 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck southwest of Pesisir Barat district, Lampung province on Saturday, though no tsunami warning was issued in its wake, the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported.   The quake, which occurred at 11.30 a.m. WIB (Western Indonesia Time), was centered 134 kilometers southwest of Pesisir Barat, at a depth of 10 kilometers, the BMKG informed in a written statement released on Saturday.   The quake was felt in Krui, Way Krui, Pesisir Barat, Bangkunat, Liwa, and Suoh, it said.   The BMKG had earlier…

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Indonesian Rectors Forum offers aid to S Kalimantan’s flood victims

Pelaihari, Kalsel – The Indonesian Rectors Forum (FRI), on Saturday, distributed Rp70 million in cash and 200 humanitarian aid packages to the residents of Kurau Sub-district, South Kalimantan, acutely impacted by the recent massive flooding.   The cash aid and 200 humanitarian assistance packages, comprising a blanket, stationery items, five kilograms (kg) of rice, a liter of cooking oil, and a kg of sugar, were delivered by the forum’s advisory council member, Sutarto Hadi, during his visit to the sub-district.   The cash aid and relief aid packages, collected from…

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