If Crikey were into beat-ups, we would call this item something like
“INDONESIA DISASTERS LOOMING.” Instead, we’ll just give you the stories
straight. The first is from today’s Daily Telegraph:
New terror warning for Indonesia
Australia’s travel warning to Indonesia has been updated to say that terrorists are in a very advanced stage of planned attacks.
The Department of Foreign Affairs update on Indonesia is the second in less than a week.
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“We continue to receive a stream of credible reporting suggesting that
terrorists are in the very advanced stages of planning attacks in
Indonesia,” the warning posted on the DFAT website says.
“Attacks could occur at any time, anywhere in Indonesia and could be
directed at any locations known to be frequented by foreigners.
“Recent credible reporting suggests that international hotels
frequented by westerners in Jakarta are being targeted in current
And this story appeared in yesterday’s Guardian.
Indonesia faces new mega-tsunami
Another catastrophic giant earthquake similar
to the one that caused carnage across the Indian Ocean on Boxing Day
last year is lurking off Indonesia, say scientists.
Recent seismic activity in the region has piled dangerous levels of
stress on to a section of the Sunda trench fault zone west of Sumatra.
This makes a large earthquake there far more likely and could trigger
another devastating tsunami.
The warning comes from a team of seismologists at the University of
Ulster in Coleraine. Professor John McCloskey, who led the research,
said: “This is a very scary event we’re concerned about. The potential
for a devastating tsunami from it is significant and real. I hope it
doesn’t happen, but the indications are really strong that it will,
maybe even soon.”