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In 'Horrible Incident,' Woman Falls Into Croc Pit

Woman killed at Indonesian pearl farm where reptile was illegally kept

(Newser) - "Merry" doesn't really seem like an appropriate name for a giant pet crocodile, and markedly less so after it mauled a woman to death. Deasy Tuwo—who ran a lab at a pearl farm in Minahasa, on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, where the crocodile was illegally kept—... More »

Divers Find Bodies, Cockpit Recorder Under Seabed Mud

Device may provide clues in Lion Air crash

(Newser) - Navy divers have recovered the cockpit voice recorder of a Lion Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea in October, Indonesian officials said Monday, in a possible boost to the accident investigation. Ridwan Djamaluddin, a deputy maritime minister, told reporters that remains of some of the 189 people who... More »

Satellite Images: Indonesian Volcano Collapsed

The southwestern flank of Anak Krakatau is missing

(Newser) - Radar data from satellites, converted into images, shows Indonesia's Anak Krakatau island volcano is dramatically smaller following a weekend eruption that triggered a deadly tsunami. Satellite photos aren't available because of cloud cover, reports the AP , but radar images from a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency satellite taken before... More »

In Jittery Indonesia, a New Cry of 'Water Is Coming!'

Tsunami's death toll climbs to 429

(Newser) - Panicked residents, police, and soldiers in the remote fishing village of Sumur, Indonesia, clobbered by a devastating weekend tsunami ran to higher ground Tuesday, shouting "Water is coming! Water is coming!" and reciting verses from the Quran as emergency messages were broadcast over mosque speakers. It proved to... More »

Volcano Collapse Blamed for Killer Tsunami

No warning was issued before disaster

(Newser) - Fourteen years after the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, Indonesia is counting the victims of another killer wave. The death toll in the Saturday tsunami has now hit 281, with dozens more missing and around 1,000 people injured, the BBC reports. People near the island volcano of Anak Krakatau—"... More »

Video Captures Tsunami Pulling Band Into the Sea

Lead singer of Seventeen band's only known survivor

(Newser) - Moments before tsunami waves struck a beach in Indonesia, the band Seventeen was playing a beachside concert. Moments later, screams. Reuters reports some 200 employees of the state electricity utility and their families were gathered at the year-end party at the Tanjung Lesung Beach Resort on Java's western tip... More »

A Volcanic Eruption, a Tsunami, Then Death

Death toll around Indonesia's Sunda Strait stands at 222

(Newser) - A tsunami apparently caused by the eruption of an island volcano killed at least 222 people around Indonesia's Sunda Strait on Saturday night, sending a wall of water crashing some 65 feet inland and sweeping away hundreds of houses including hotels, the government and witnesses said. Another 843 people... More »

In Dead Whale's Belly, a Horrifying Collection of Plastic

Sperm whale found in Indonesia, world's No. 2 plastics polluter

(Newser) - A dead whale that washed ashore in eastern Indonesia had a large lump of plastic waste in its stomach, including drinking cups and flip-flops, reports the AP . The discovery caused concern among environmentalists and government officials in one of the world's largest plastic-polluting countries. Rescuers from Wakatobi National Park... More »

After Fiance Goes Down With Plane, a Poignant Photo Shoot

Intan Syari dressed in her wedding dress

(Newser) - An Indonesian woman who was engaged to a man who died on a Lion Air flight that plunged into the sea has worn her wedding dress on the day they were to have been married. Intan Syari's fiance, medical doctor Rio Nanda Pratama, was among 189 people who were... More »

Passengers, Plane Crew Nearly Brawl Over Stinky Fruit

Sriwijaya Air flight in Indonesia temporarily grounded thanks to durian in cargo hold

(Newser) - The durian is known for being one of the grossest-smelling fruits in the world—think "turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock," as one food writer has described it, per Smithsonian . The late Anthony Bourdain once said after eating it, "Your breath will smell as if... More »

Lion Air Data Recorder Recovered From Sea

It could provide crucial info on cause of crash

(Newser) - Divers on Thursday recovered a flight data recorder from the crashed Lion Air jet on the seafloor, a crucial development in the investigation into what caused the 2-month-old plane to plunge into Indonesian seas earlier this week , killing all 189 people on board. One TV station showed footage of two... More »

Likely Seabed Position of Lion Air Jet Found

Experts have a grim task ahead

(Newser) - A massive search effort has identified the possible seabed location of the crashed Lion Air jet, Indonesia's military chief said Wednesday, as experts carried out the grim task of identifying dozens of body parts recovered from a 15-nautical-mile-wide search area. The 2-month-old Boeing plane plunged into the Java Sea... More »

'Small Metal Tube' Possibly to Blame for Lion Air Crash

But officials won't know for sure until black boxes are recovered

(Newser) - Officials warn that the cause of Monday's Lion Air crash in Indonesia won't be determined until the plane's black boxes are recovered, but some clues point to a possible problem with what the New York Times refers to as "a small metal tube." Satellite data... More »

'You Could Feel the Explosion': Latest on Indonesia Crash

The jet that went down was brand-new

(Newser) - One of the biggest questions in the wake of the Lion Air crash in Indonesia that may have killed all 181 passengers and eight crew members is why a brand-new plane would crash. The type of plane used in Flight JT 610, the Boeing 737 MAX 8, has only been... More »

No Survivors Found After Indonesia Plane Crash

189 were aboard Lion Air's brand new plane when it went down in the sea

(Newser) - A Lion Air passenger jet crashed into the sea after taking off from Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday—and no survivors from the 189 people on board have been found. The airline says the Boeing 737 Max 8, a brand new aircraft, was carrying 181 passengers, including two infants, and eight... More »

When You Sprinkle Salt, You're Getting More Than Salt

Microplastics infiltrate 90% of it, especially the stuff from Asia, say researchers

(Newser) - Just like with bottled water , over 90% of the world's table salt contains microplastics—enough that the average human ingests 2,000 pieces each year from salt alone, according to new research. It's been known for years that microplastics are present in salt, per Quartz , but the surprise... More »

Just $69K Could Have Saved Lives in Indonesian Tsunami

A stalled plan for high-tech sensors may have prevented some of the deaths in Sulawesi

(Newser) - An early warning system that might have prevented some deaths in the tsunami that hit an Indonesian island on Friday has been stalled in the testing phase for years. The high-tech system was meant to replace a system set up after an earthquake and tsunami killed nearly 250,000 people... More »

Scientists Weren't Expecting Massive Indonesia Tsunami

Exact cause remains unclear as death toll rises

(Newser) - The tsunami that killed hundreds, possibly thousands of people after an earthquake in Indonesia on Friday was much bigger and more devastating than would normally be expected after that kind of quake, scientists say. "We expected it might cause a tsunami, just not one that big," geophysicist Jason... More »

Indonesia Tsunami Toll Spikes, Mass Burial Planned

Number of dead doubles to 832, with many more unaccounted for

(Newser) - Rescue officials feared the full scale of Indonesia's earthquake and tsunami could climb far past the more than 800 already confirmed dead, reports the AP , as several large coastal towns remained cut off Sunday by damaged roads and downed communications. The country's disaster agency said the death toll... More »

Air Traffic Controller Dies a Hero

Anthonius Gunawan Agung stayed in the tower despite Indonesian earthquake

(Newser) - After Indonesia's Friday earthquake , an air traffic controller sacrificed his life to help get an airplane off the ground. Anthonius Gunawan Agung, 21, was alone in the control tower at Mutiara Sis Al Jufri Airport in the coastal city of Palu after the 7.5-magnitude temblor sent his colleagues... More »

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