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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 »

Hundreds Dead After Tsunami, Quake

Nearly 400 killed in city of Palu, Indonesia, alone

(Newser) - The toll in Indonesia from an earthquake-triggered tsunami is just starting to become clear, and it's getting worse by the hour. On the island of Sulawesi, nearly 400 were killed in the city of Palu alone, reports the BBC . Palu has a population of 380,000 people, and the... More »

Major Quake Triggers Tsunami in Indonesia

Few details available yet on severity

(Newser) - A spokesman for Indonesia's geophysics agency says a powerful earthquake on the island of Sulawesi caused a tsunami, apparently after the agency lifted a tsunami warning. Hary Tirto Djatmiko confirmed to the AP that a tsunami occurred, adding that the agency was still collecting information and would release it... More »

Did a Volcano Play a Role in Napoleon's Downfall? Maybe

New study suggests eruption played a role in poor weather conditions during battle

(Newser) - Here's an unexpected theory: that Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo in June 1815 was partly caused by the eruption of an volcano in Indonesia. It's a suggestion tacked onto the end of a study by Dr. Matthew Genge of the Imperial College London published Wednesday in Geology . Titled... More »

Island Keeps Getting Hit by Quakes, Death Toll in Hundreds

Indonesia's Lombok just suffered its 3rd temblor in 11 days; more than 200 dead, officials say

(Newser) - The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week Thursday. The strong aftershock, measured at magnitude 5.9 by the US Geological Survey, caused panic and damage. It was centered in the northwest of the island and didn't have the... More »

Soldiers Save Man From Quake-Flattened Mosque

50 people were inside when it collapsed

(Newser) - Soldiers pulled a man alive from the rubble of a large mosque flattened by an earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok, while thousands of homeless locals waited for aid Tuesday and stranded tourists camped at beaches and in the lobbies of damaged hotels. The north of Lombok has been... More »

Scores Dead After Island's 2nd Strong Quake in a Week

Lombok death toll is 91, expected to rise

(Newser) - Rescuers still haven't reached some devastated parts of the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok after a powerful earthquake flattened houses and toppled bridges, killing at least 91 people and shaking neighboring Bali, authorities said Monday. The death toll is expected to rise. It was the second deadly quake in... More »

7.0 Quake Hits Indonesia, Triggers Tsunami Warning

Temblor comes a week after 6.4 event hit Lombok island

(Newser) - A strong earthquake struck Indonesia's popular tourist island of Lombok on Sunday, triggering a tsunami warning, one week after another quake in the same area killed more than a dozen people. There were no immediate reports of casualties, but authorities said the quake might have caused some damage. The... More »

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