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kebakaran stesen minyak

Sudah banyak kali berlaku. Dan sudah banyak kali dilapor. Terbaru (semalam 28hb Jun 2016 – di Setapak, KL) seorang wanita 25 tahun melecur 60% kerana mengguna telefon sambil mengisi minyak.

Sudah banyak peringatan di sekitar stesen minyak. Bukan satu, malah setiap kawasan pam minyak itu.

KENAPA masih ramai yang tidak ambil peduli.

Jika anda merasa tidak kisah dengan keselamatan anda …

… bagaimana ahli keluarga anda yang berada di dalam kereta – sudah ada yang berlaku.

… bagaimana dengan pengguna lain yang sedang juga mengisi minyak – juga pernah berlaku.

… kesian juga pemilik yang mengalami kerugian akibat kecuaian anda.

Apa sukarnya untuk:

  1. Matikan engine
  2. Jangan guna telefon sambil mengisi – terbaik ialah simpan telefon dalam kereta – kereta jika ianya berada dalam poket ianya masih bahaya jika ada panggilan ketika anda mengisi
  3. Jangan sekali-kali merokok atau menghidupkan api di sekitar kawasan stesen minyak.

MUDAH.

Tetapi ramai yang masih tidak peduli.

Baca:

Utusan Malaysia: Guna telefon bimbit ketika isi minyak, wanita melecur disambar api

Banjir-dakyah Kristian-edar bukuPASIR MAS 5 Feb. – Penduduk di Kampung Slow Machang di sini dikejutkan dengan pengedaran dua buah ‘kitab’ agama Kristian berjudul Isa Al-Masih Kalimatullah dan Kisah Tentang Yesus Kristus dalam bentuk kartun diletakkan bersama bantuan banjir yang diagihkan baru-baru ini.

Kedua-dua buah buku dalam bahasa Melayu itu diletakkan bersama bantuan banjir dan diagihkan oleh sebuah badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) pada 21 Januari lalu kepada penduduk di kampung itu. Difahamkan kedua-dua buah kitab itu ditemukan oleh Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Kemajuan dan Keselamatan Kampung Persekutuan (JKKKP) berkenaan, Suhaimi Mustafa sebaik sahaja membuka plastik bantuan banjir yang mengandungi barangan makanan dan keperluan harian.

Menyedari perkara tersebut boleh mengugat akidah umat Islam, Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO Bahagian Pasir Mas bersama beberapa buah NGO tampil membuat laporan polis di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah (IPD) Pasir Mas petang semalam.

sumber -UTUSAN ONLINE

Kiriman sebelum ini:

Misi Dakyah Kristian Diselit Dalam Misi Bantuan Banjir

 

Akhir-akhir ini banyak mesej yang diterima dari kawan-kawan dalam parti PAS yang bimbang dengan satu gerakan untuk menjatuhkan kepimpinan ulamak. Apabila berjumpa, sungguh jelas dari raut wajah mereka ini dalam berkongsi maklumat “sulit” yang mereka perolehi.

[nota (15 Jul 2015): kiriman ini ditulis sekitar 6 bulan sebelum kemuncak Muktamar PAS yang meyaksikan kepimpinan ulamak berjaya menangkis cubaan menyingkir mereka]

Timbullah pelbagai persoalan. Apakah sampai peringkat itu kebencian sesetengah pihak dalam parti sendiri yang memusuhi para ulamak mereka? Ada pula yang mengatakan parti DAP yang amat bersungguh dalam percaturan ini. Malah ada yag berani menyebut bahawa DAP telah pun mengeluarkan dana (ingin juga saya sahkan jika ada sesiapa yang mempunyai bukti kukuh) kepada golongan tertentu untuk memastikan gerak kerja menyingkirkan kepimpinan ulamak terhasil apabila PAS mengadakan pemilihan kepimpinan yang baru pertengahan tahun ini. Wallahu ‘alam.

Kenapa kepimpinan ulamak tiba-tiba menjadi satu halangan dalam Pakatan Rapuh ini? Apakah benar kerana isu Kerajaan Perpaduan (Unity Government – UG) dahulu membuat sebahagian besar kelompok dalam Pakatan Rapuh bimbang dengan kepimpinan PAS? Atau mungkinkah pengalaman percaturan memecat MB Khalid untuk digantikan dengan isteri kepada KETua UMum PKR sebagai gambaran sebenar terhadap kebimbangan mereka?

Apakah sebenarnya tujuan usaha untuk “menaja” gerak kerja menjatuhkan kepimpinan ulamak dalam PAS? Apakah semata-mata kerana ulamak dilihat tidak mampu mentadbir sesebuah negeri apatah lagi negara nanti? Atau apakah di kalangan strategis Pakatan Rapuh mereka sudah menjangkakan PAS tidak akan bersama dalam PRU14 jika ulamak terus memimpin parti Islam tersebut?

Jika dilihat sebelum tertubuhnya PASMA, isu ketidak sehaluan pemimpin haluan Liberal dalam PAS – atau seringkali disebut sebagai Anwarinas, dengan haluan ulamak sudah pun dikesan semenjak pemilihan Timbalan Presiden parti apabila undi puak ulamak berpecah akhirnya menaikkan Mat Sabu, yang sering dituduh pengamal Syiah itu, hasil dokongan kumpulan mereka yang tidak gemar dengan kepimpinan ulamak. (saya tidak setuju dengan label Erdogan yang mereka sendiri cuba popularkan – kerana Erdogan sebenarnya mendekatkan masyarakat sekular Turki kepada Islam, walhal, Anwar [dan Anwarinas] meliberalkan dan mepluraliskan masyarakat Islam kita).

Dengan pemilihan parti tinggal beberapa bulan lagi, perancangan untuk coup d’état parti PAS semakin mudah dibaca.

Dari musibah banjir, beberapa perkara aneh berlaku, baik dalam pentadbiran kerajaan PAS di Kelantan mahupun pergerakan parti keseluruhannya. Gerakan bantuan banjir parti pun dilihat berpecah. Kem Husam, Dr. Hatta dan kumpulannya seolah-olah tidak sekata dengan usaha bantuan banjir yang digerakkan oleh pentadbiran kerajaaan pimpinan MB sendiri.

bantuan banjir-MatSabu-LKSKehadiran beberapa pemimpin dari DAP mahupun PKR, yang sudahlah lewat dan banjir sudah mulai surut, nampak macam tersesat ditempat-tempat yang bukan epicenter banjir. Dan terlalu jelas kelihatan sesetengah mereka itu berlakon dalam duka orang yang menerima musibah.

“Saluran bantuan banjir sesetengah pihak dilihat terasing dari jentera utama pentadbiran kerajaan parti mereka sendiri dan sesetengah pimpinan negeri nampak macam tersisih dari bantuan dari parti komponen PR” … antara persoalan yang ditimbulkan oleh kawan-kawan yang terlibat.

GIK-impian KelantanTerbaru timbul pula:

Gabungan Impian Kelantan (GAMITAN) …

Impian kita – ialah mencetuskan kehidupan baru dari bah besar seperti teladan Nabi Nuh a.s, ujian banjir bukan pengakhiran dari kehidupan.

Kalau pengajaran banjir di zaman Nabi Nuh a.s. – ianya menghapuskan semua orang-orang yang kafir dan hanya orang Islam sahaja diselamatkan. Sukar untuk saya fahami analogi yang mereka cuba bawakan. Tetapi istilah “impian” itu, atau dalam bahasa Inggeris “dream”, mungkin mempunyai makna dan maksud tertentu. Kita bicara di lain kiriman, insha Allah.

Tertanya saya:

1. Berita pelancaran GIK terdapat di RoketKini tidak di Harakah. Mungkin jawapannya ialah kerana ianya usaha DAP. Tetapi tak kan Harakah langsung tidak siar – laman blog pro-Pakatan Rapuh banyak dah siar?

2. Di mana muka pimpinan kerajaan Kelantan? Senarai pimpinan yang hadir seperti edaran Sekretariat GIK tidak menyenaraikan pimpinan kerajaan negeri.

Apakah GIK ini suatu gimik DAP bagi memulih kegagalan lakonan yang lalu atau susunatur DAP bagi memastikan golongan ulamak tersisih dalam pemilihan parti nanti?

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logo muafakat 2012KENYATAAN MEDIA PERTUBUHAN MUAFAKAT SEJAHTERA MASYARAKAT MALAYSIA (MUAFAKAT) BERKAITAN KONSERT – FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL ASIA (FMFA 2014)

Pertubuhan Muafakat Sejahtera Masyarakat Malaysia (MUAFAKAT) mengecam penganjuran Konsert ‘Future Music Festival Asia 2014’ yang sempat berlangsung selama dua hari di perkarangan Stadium Bukit Jalil pada 13 – 14hb Mac 2014.

Laporan akhbar arus perdana menyatakan enam penonton konsert tersebut mati dan beberapa lagi kritikal dipercayai akibat pengambilan dadah sintetik secara berlebihan. Lebih malang lagi, melibatkan remaja-remaja yang beragama Islam.

Sehubungan dengan itu, MUAFAKAT mempersoalkan Kementerian Pelancongan dan Kebudayaan bagaimana kementerian boleh menyokong aktiviti yang meruntuhkan akhlak dan moral seperti ini? MUAFAKAT mendapati acara konsert ini juga ada dihebahkan di dalam laman sesawang rasmi ‘Tourism Malaysia’.

Perlu diberi perhatian serius bahawa NGO-NGO Islam telah memainkan peranan penting menyokong dasar-dasar kerajaan dengan mengadakan aktiviti-aktiviti serta program-program untuk membina masyarakat melalui penerapan nilai-nilai akhlak mulia dan kerohanian yang tinggi. Mereka juga bertungkus-lumus berusaha membasmi punca-punca keruntuhan akhlak dan moral seperti ketagihan dadah dan hiburan liar terutamanya dikalangan belia.

Ternyata selama ini peranan NGO-NGO Islam ini diperlekeh dan tidak diambil peduli oleh sesetengah pihak. Mereka lebih mementingkan keuntungan kebendaan melalui budaya hedonisme tanpa mengambil kira kerugian yang lebih besar iaitu keruntuhan akhlak masyarakat. MUAFAKAT menyokong aktiviti pelancongan di negara ini tetapi mestilah bertepatan dengan nilai akhlak dan budaya mulia yang berteraskan Islam sebagai Agama Negara dan bukannya sebagai hub maksiat.

MUAFAKAT kesal dengan program seperti ini maka Kementerian Pelancongan dan Kebudayaan wajib memastikan program yang akan dilaksanakan dalam bentuk hiburan di masa hadapan yang melibatkan kementerian berkenaan perlu melalui saringan yang ketat mengikut piawaian akhlak Islam. Dalam kes ini – ‘Konsert Future Music Festival Asia 2014’ ternyata Kementerian Pelancongan dan Kebudayaan terlibat secara langsung, maka dengan ini, MUAFAKAT mendesak menteri yang berkenaan iaitu Yang Berhormat Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz meletakkan jawatan sebagai menteri kerana beliau bertanggungjawab dalam insiden tersebut yang melibatkan kehilangan nyawa, kerosakan `aqidah, keruntuhan akhlak serta tercalarnya maruah Malaysia sebagai sebuah Negara Islam contoh.

A.Karim Omar

Setiausaha Agung, MUAFAKAT

18hb Mac 2014

Sehari sebelum mala petaka tornado pada hari Isnin 20hb Mei, Oklahoma City merayakan perarakan dan pesta Gay pada hari Ahad 19hb Mei, 2013.

Gambar-gambar di bawah memberi gambarannya:

OKCpride.

OKCpride2.

OKC-moore_tornadoSemoga kita mengambil iktibar dari apa yang berlaku. Kita tolak sesiapa sahaja yang ingin membawa masuk budaya songsang LGBT di Tanah Air kita ini.

 

Ahli Jawatankuasa Surau Al-Mustaqim di Lembah Keramat, Ulu Klang, merayu sumbangan dana bagi membeli beberapa peralatan yang rosak akibat disambar petir pada hari Rabu lepas, 7hb Mac (hari yang sama beberapa kawasan di Ampang dan Hulu Langat dilanda banjir teruk).

Surau ini adalah antara surau yang aktif dengan pelbagai aktiviti, ceramah dan program untuk pelbagai peringkat umur dan antara tempat ceramah bulanan Ustaz Kazim Elias di Lembah Klang.

Berikut adalah pesanan mesej ringkas dari Imam Ustaz Mohd Zuhir Abdullah:

Dalam kejadian hujan lebat pada 7/3 lalu, SURAU AL-MUSTAQIM telah disambar petir yg amat kuat & menyebabkan beberapa peralatan penting terbakar & rosak: sistem pembesar suara (3 amplifier, 8 speaker & corong azan), 3 buah air cond & pendawaian letrik musnah.

Justeru, kami ingin merayu&memohon sumbangan drpd Tuan2 & Puan2 bagi membeli peralatan2 tersebut..Anggaran kerugian sekitar RM15,000. Sumbangan hendaklah dialamatkan kpd SURAU AL-MUSTAQIM

Saya baru bertanya dengan Ustaz Zuhir berhubung status kutipan maka dimaklum bahawa sumbangan setakat ini amat perlahan.

Sila hubungi terus dengan Ustaz Zuhir – ‍016-878-5769 untuk urusan seterusnya

Lokasi Surau Al-Mustaqim, Lembah Keramat, Ulu Klang (klik untuk imej besar)

Updated: January 16, 2012:

Russia believes fragments of its Phobos-Grunt probe, which fell back to Earth after malfunctioning during a mission to Mars, crashed into the Pacific Ocean early this morning.

The splashdown marks an inglorious end for the spacecraft, which Russia launched in November with the aim of scooping up a sample from Mars’ largest moon Phobos and bringing it back to Earth.

“According to information from mission control of the space forces, the fragments of Phobos Grunt should have fallen into the Pacific Ocean at 17:45 GMT,” spokesman Alexei Zolotukhin told the Interfax news agency.

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Employees work on the Phobos-Grunt (Phobos-Soil) spacecraft at the Baikonur comosdrome in Kazakhstan October 31, 2011. Russia hopes to end a humiliating two decade absence from deep space with Tuesday's launch of an a ambitious three-year mission to bring back a soil sample from the surface of Mars' moon Phobos. Credit: Reuters/Oleg Urusov

MOSCOW | Sun Jan 15, 2012, (Reuters) – Russia’s failed Mars probe Phobos-Grunt is expected to plummet back to Earth on Sunday, sending space officials scrambling to predict where it will hit in the countdown to re-entry.

Space agency Roskosmos says debris from its doomed 14-ton spacecraft, which includes 11 tons of toxic rocket fuel, will fall to Earth between 1841 and 2105 GMT (1:41 and 4:05 p.m. EST).

Due to constant changes in the upper atmosphere, which is strongly influenced by solar activity, the exact time and place of the satellite’s return is unknown.

This Russian-language map depicts the latest re-entry prediction for Russia's failed Phobos-Grunt Mars Probe for Jan. 14, 2012. The map indicates that the 14-ton spacecraft could crash somewhere off the southwestern coast of South America on Jan. 15. CREDIT: Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)

The crash site could be anywhere along an elliptical orbit over a broad swathe of the globe, from a latitude of 51.4 degrees north – roughly as far north as London – to 51.4 degrees south, on the same latitude as the heel of Argentina.

The $165-million spacecraft, designed to retrieve soil samples from the Martian moon Phobos, was meant to be Russia’s first successful interplanetary mission in over two decades.

But it became stuck in orbit after a botched launch on November 8, and has since been slowly losing altitude due to gravity’s pull.

Experts predict that Russia's failed Mars probe Phobos-Grunt will crash back to Earth in mid-January 2012. This artist's concept shows fuel burning from a ruptured fuel tank as the spacecraft re-enters the atmosphere. CREDIT: Michael Carroll

Experts say the falling space junk poses little risk. The probe’s aluminum fuel tank is expected to burn up high in the atmosphere.

“If anyone gets to see it, it will be a fabulous show. I don’t think there has been an explosion of such a large volume of fuel in space history,” Igor Marinin, editor of the space journal Novosti Kosmonavtiki, told Reuters.

Some 20 to 30 small pieces of debris with a total weight of 200 kg (440 lbs) could hit Earth, Roskosmos said, adding that a tiny radioactive cargo of Cobalt-57 was too small to cause harm.

One component likely to survive re-entry is a small return capsule specifically designed to crash-land back on Earth in 2014, mission scientist Alexander Zakharov said.

“This is the capsule that was meant to bring back samples from Phobos, it’s disappointing,” Zakharov said. “We’re hoping Roskosmos will approve a new craft to accomplish this mission.”

This image shows a re-entry capsule similar to one used on Russia's Phobos-Grunt Mars moon probe after a drop test. The capsule was designed to return samples of the Mars moon Phobos to Earth of the Phobos-Grunt mission succeeded. CREDIT: Roscosmos

Phobos-Grunt was one of five botched launches last year that marred celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering first human space flight and hurt Moscow’s pride.

In an apparent attempt to deflect blame, Russia’s space agency chief hinted foreign sabotage might be the reason.

“I don’t want to blame anyone, but there are very powerful means to interfere with spacecraft today whose use cannot be ruled out,” Vladimir Popovkin told the daily Izvestia.

Stargazers worldwide are watching for reentry, including the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordinating Committee, an offshoot of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

Under a U.N. space convention, Russia could be liable to pay compensation for any harm caused by bits of falling spacecraft.

In 1981, the Soviet Union paid Canada $3 million for the cost of cleaning up radioactive debris scattered in the crash of a Soviet nuclear-powered reconnaissance satellite, Kosmos 954.

With most of the planet’s surface covered by water, Russia’s errant space probe is likely to splash into the ocean.

When NASA’s defunct Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite fell out of orbit in September, it showered debris into the Pacific Ocean. Germany’s Rosat X-ray telescope re-entered a month later over the Bay of Bengal.

(Reporting By Alissa de Carbonnel; editing by Andrew Roche)

Rakyat telah menzahirkan kemarahan dan kebencian. Bantahan terhadap tekanan dan kesengsaraan disuarakan dengan akhirnya Hosni Mubarak dijatuhkan.

Kerajaan peralihan sudah dilantik dan melaksanakan pilihanraya terbuka pertama sejak Mubarak dijatuhkan.

Rakyat telah membuat pilihan mereka dengan sebebasnya buat pertama kali untuk sekian lama dipendam.

”]Apakah ianya telah sampai masanya untuk rakyat jelata menikmati “kebebasan” yang dicari-cari itu. Apakah kini udara demokrasi sudah boleh dihirup?

Perkembangan sehingga kini belum dapat mengambarkan hasrat dan cita-cita untuk merasai hidup era pasca “kekejaman” Mubarak dapat dinikmati dalam masa yang terdekat.

Antaranya: Egypt protesters and troops clash. Rusuhan demi rusuhan tetap berlaku. Medan Tahrir masih menjadi medan himpunan yang tidak kesudahan. Semacam badi Mubarak itu masih ada.

Jangan sampai percaturan menggulingkan Saddam Hussien terulang lagi. Kekejaman Saddam sekian lama berakhir dengan kematiannya ditangisi apabila suasana Iraq yang masih bermandi darah untuk sekian lama selepas menjemput Amerika masuk untuk campur tangan.

17 Disember - di mana demokrasi dan keamanan yang dicari? Apakah kehidupan sebegini yang dicari pasca Hosni Mubarak?

Apakah suasana kini lebih aman? Apakah percaturan politik sedemikian menguntungkan selepas kini Syiah yang menguasai kerajaan melepaskan geram mereka? Siapa yang untung?

Apakah selepas menjemput NATO untuk melumpuhkan keseluruhan sistem pertahan negara Libya rakyat dapat nikmati bidup baru pasca Gaddafi? Apakah “kenikmatan” pelabagai kemudahan bagi rakyat kebanyakan akan dapat diteruskan oleh oleh kepimpinan ad hoc yang rapuh dapat berjanji untuk tidak mengulangi kekejaman Gaddafi? Laporan pelbagai berita menyiarkan mereka yang setia dengan Gaddafi pula yang menerima kesengsaraan. Apakah itu keadilan dan demikrasi yang dilaungkan?

Ya Rabb, lindungilah tanah air kami dari mala petaka dan kekacauan yang tidak menentu. Selamatkanlan umat Islam di tanah air ku kami.

Bacaan lain:

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KUALA LUMPUR (NST): A dead American satellite the size of a bus is expected to fall back to earth this weekend and Malaysia is among the countries within its impact zone.

But the satellite is expected to break up into smaller pieces upon re-entry and the risk to public safety or property from the falling debris is said to be extremely small.

Nevertheless, Malaysia’s National Space Agency (Angkasa) is monitoring updates from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) of the United States.

NASA's Falling UARS Satellite Explained (Infographic) (Credit: Karl Tate (Space.com)) - Click for larger image

The satellite is Nasa’s decommissioned Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS), and so far, the US space agency could not put the exact time and place where the 6,000kg object would fall. Nasa’s latest update showed the expected re-entry date as tomorrow, US time, plus or minus a day. This puts the expected date for Malaysia between tomorrow and Sunday.

Angkasa’s spokesman said their team, based at the National Observatory at the Bukit Malut Dam in Langkawi, Kedah, is monitoring the satellite.

“Although it is difficult to use the facility’s telescope to track the satellite, we will still try,” he said yesterday.

“Our team is also monitoring Nasa’s website round-the-clock for the latest updates on the expected time and location of the re-entry.” Angkasa, unlike Nasa, does not have the equipment or expertise to monitor space debris or near-earth objects.

The spokesman said members of the public could also monitor the updates through the Nasa website at http://www.nasa.gov/uars.

He said there was no need for people to worry as the satellite would break up into pieces and the odds of being struck was estimated at 1 in 3,200.

He said the 20-year-old research satellite was expected to break up into more than 100 pieces as it reentered the atmosphere, most of them burning up.

Twenty-six of its heaviest metal parts are expected to reach Earth, the biggest chunk weighing 136kg.

The debris could be scattered over an area of about 800km.

The UARS’ trajectory takes it between 57 degrees north latitude and 57 degrees south latitude, which is also its crash zone.

The zone covers everything from Canada down to the tip of South America, and from Siberia down to the tip of Africa and Australia.

The UARS was launched on Sept 12, 1991, aboard space shuttle mission STS-48 and it was deployed on Sept 15, 1991. It was the first multiinstrumented satellite to observe numerous chemical components of the atmosphere for better understanding of photochemistry. UARS ceased its productive scientific life in 2005.

US media advised its citizens not to pick up any debris that they suspect came from the satellite.

The space agency says there are no toxic chemicals present, but there can be sharp edges. Also, it’s government property. It’s against the law to keep it as a souvenir or sell it on eBay. Nasa’s advice is to report any findings to the police.

US media reports said that UARS was getting advance publicity because it was the biggest Nasa satellite to make an uncontrolled re-entry in about three decades.

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Additional info from http://reentrynews.aero.org/

Object Description:

Type: UARS Satellite
Int’l Designation: 1991 063B
Launched: 12 SEP 1991 @ 23:11 UTC
Site: Deployed from Shuttle Discovery on 15 September 1991
Mission: Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite

Reentry Prediction:

Predicted Reentry Time: 23 SEP 2011 @ 20:00 UTC ± 14 hours
Prediction Epoch: 21 SEP 2011 @ 13:00:58.904 UTC
Prediction Ground Track:


For clarity, ground track plot is limited to ± 6 hours

Legend
Yellow Icon – location of object at predicted reentry time
Orange Line – area of visibility at the predicted reentry time for a ground observer
Blue Line – ground track uncertainty prior to predicted reentry time (ticks at 5-minute intervals)
Yellow Line – ground track uncertainty after predicted reentry time (ticks at 5-minute intervals)
White Line – day/night divider at predicted reentry time (Sun location shown by White Icon)
Note: Possible reentry locations lie anywhere along the blue and yellow ground track.

Latest death toll:

324 (24 Nov 2010)

240 (13 Nov 2010)

151 (9 Nov 2010)

122 (6 Nov 2010)

source: http://www.thejakartaglobe.com

Yogyakarta. Eruptions at Indonesia’s deadly volcano appeared to be intensifying Friday, as clouds of searing gas and ash cascaded down the mountain, torching homes in one slope-side village and triggering a chaotic midnight evacuation.

Hospital workers said a 3-year-old girl was killed and more than 50 people injured — most with severe burns.

Men with ash-covered faces streamed down Mount Merapi on motorcycles followed by truckloads of women and children as officials announced over loudspeakers that they were expanding the volcano’s “danger zone” for the second day in a row.

Even staff at the mountain’s main monitoring post were told to move farther away from the glowing crater.

Mount Merapi, which means “Fire Mountain,” is one of the world’s most active volcanoes.

But even those who have dedicated a lifetime to studying it have been baffled by its erratic behavior since it burst back to life on Oct. 26 — an eruption that has been followed by more than a dozen other powerful blasts and thousands of volcanic tremors.

They’d earlier hoped that would result in a long, slow release of energy.

“But we have no idea what to expect now,” said Surono, a state expert on volcanos, adding that he has never seen the needle on Merapi’s seismograph working with such intensity.

The fear is that a new lava dome forming in the mouth of the crater will collapse, triggering a deadly surge of up to 1,800 degree Fahrenheit (1,000 degree Celsius) ash and gas — known to experts as pyroclastic flows — at speeds of 60 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour).

More than 75,000 people living along Merapi’s fertile slopes have been evacuated to crowded emergency shelters far from the crater, though some return to their villages during periods of calm to check on their livestock and homes.

More than 80 families live in Bronggang, the village hit just before midnight Friday, which is located 9 miles (15 kilometers) from the crater, well inside the danger zone.

It was not immediately clear why they hadn’t been evacuated.

A 3-year-old girl was killed in the inferno, said Pangardi, a forensic expert at Sardjito hospital, which was treating the wounded.

Priyo Sigit Utomo, a paramedic, told MetroTV another 50 people had been brought in with injuries, most of them with severe burns.

It was not immediately clear if all were from the village.

Earlier Thursday, Merapi shot out towering clouds of ash with a thunder-like roar, dusting towns up to 150 miles (250 kilometers) away and forcing in motorists in Yogyakarta, 20 miles (30 kilometers) away, to switch on their headlights during the day.

Activity at the mountain has at times briefly forced airports in Yogyakarta and nearby Solo to close and the Transportation Ministry reiterated Thursday that flight paths near the mountain had been shut down for safety reasons. Heavy ash and volcanic debris has been known to affect visibility and clog engines.

Officials insisted, however, that a Qantas jetliner forced to make an emergency landing after one of its four engines failed over Batam, an island 800 miles (1,400 kilometers) to the west, was unrelated.

“There was no connection with Mount Merapi,” said Bambang Ervan, a spokesman for the Transportation Ministry. “It was too far from the volcano — the sky over Singapore and Sumatra island is free of dust.”

Merapi has killed at least 45 people since Oct. 26 — with seven new deaths added to the toll in the last 24 hours.

In 1994, 60 people were killed, while in 1930, more than a dozen villages were torched, leaving up to 1,300 dead.

Subandrio, a state volcanologist, said Mount Merapi’s “danger zone” was widened by three miles (five kilometers) on Thursday. With that order, people living in villages and emergency camps within 12 miles (20 kilometers) of the crater have to move.

Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 235 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanos because it sits along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a horseshoe-shaped string of faults that lines the Pacific.

The volcano’s initial blast occurred less than 24 hours after a towering tsunami slammed into the remote Mentawai islands on the western end of the country, sweeping entire villages to sea and killing at least 428 people.

There, too, thousands of people were displaced, many living in government camps.


Associated Press

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