The “black box” voice recorder from a Lion Air flight which crashed off the coast of Jakarta in October has been recovered, said officials on Monday. All 189 people on board died when Flight JT610 fell into the sea shortly after taking off for the short journey to Pangkal Pinang. The voice recorder was found on Monday morning but was “broken into two pieces”. “Hopefully it’s still useful [to investigators],” Haryo Satmiko, deputy head of Indonesia’s transport safety committee (KNKT) told Agence France-Presse.
On Thursday, Indonesia’s National Board for Disaster Management raised the warning level for Anak Krakatau to 3, the second-highest rank. It earlier appeared to be calming down following Saturday’s eruption, which caused a 3-meter (10 foot) high tsunami to sweep through the Sunda Strait, killing more than 430 people and displacing tens of thousands.
At least 281 people were killed and hundreds more injured on Saturday when a tsunami hit the Sunda Strait. There are currently 57 people reported missing with the number expected to rise. Indonesian rescue teams and military continue to search the area for survivors on Monday. The tsunami was triggered by an underwater volcano landslide.
The death toll from the Indonesia tsunami rose to 1,234 on Tuesday as residents in the city of Palu faced their fifth day with scare clean drinking water and food. An Indonesian pilot honored an air traffic controller who died in Friday’s earthquake calling him a ‘guardian angel’ for facilitating a safe take off.
The official death toll has risen to 844 after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit Indonesia. Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency warned the toll could increase even more as the affected area is larger than originally believed. Over 48,000 people have been displaced as rescuers struggle with no electricity in the region.
A 19-year old Indonesian lamp keeper survived 49 days at sea in a fishing hut before being rescued by a Panamanian-flagged vessel. Aldi Novel Adilang’s fishing boat was sent adrift when heavy winds caused the moorings to snap. Aldi ended up near the Pacific island of Guam – 1,500 miles (2,500km) away from his original location. Aldi had just a few days of supplies and survived by fishing and filtering water.
Indonesian police rescued a woman on Sunday in Central Sulawesi province after she was held as a sex slave for 15 years from the age of 13 by an elderly village shaman. The man was charged under sex abuse and child protection laws. The woman’s family initially brought their daughter to the shaman for treatment.
A magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit Lombok Island in Bali on Sunday morning, killing at least 91 people and injuring hundreds more just a week after another earthquake killed more than a dozen people in the same region. The earthquake damaged buildings as far away as Denpasar on Bali and triggered a Tsunami warning.
At least 14 people are dead and hundreds injured after a powerful earthquake hit popular tourist destination Lombok island in Indonesia on Sunday morning. The island attracts international tourists due to its beaches and hiking trails. The magnitude-6.4 earthquake damaged more than 1,000 buildings. The Indonesian Red Cross is helping with search and rescue.
A family of six carried out three church suicide bombings in Surabaya, Indonesia on Sunday which were claimed by the Islamic State and left at least 13 dead and more than 40 injured. The family belonged to the IS-inspired network Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD). They were among hundreds of Indonesians who had returned from Syria.