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Polio is back in Indonesia, sparking vaccination campaign

Nov. 28, 2022 08:55 AM EST

PIDIE, Indonesia (AP) — Children in school uniforms and toddlers with their parents lined up Monday for polio vaccinations in the Sigli town square on the northern tip of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, after four children were found infected with the highly contagious disease that was declared...

Strong earthquake shakes western Indonesia; no tsunami alert

Nov. 18, 2022 10:28 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong undersea earthquake shook western Indonesia on Friday night but no serious damage or casualties were reported. The magnitude 6.9 earthquake was centered 202 kilometers (126 miles) southwest of Bengkulu at a depth of 25 kilometers (15 miles), the...

Second boat of over 100 Rohingya lands on Indonesian beach

Nov. 16, 2022 01:04 AM EST

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Over 100 Rohingya Muslims traveling in a wooden boat have landed on an Indonesian beach, the second group in as many days to arrive in the island nation's northernmost province of Aceh. The group of 61 men, 36 women and 22 children that landed Wednesday...

110 Rohingya flee Myanmar, land by boat in Indonesia

Nov. 15, 2022 03:07 AM EST

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — More than 100 Rohingya Muslims traveling in a boat for more than a month were found along the coast of Indonesia’s Aceh province on Tuesday, the latest group of refugees believed to be making hazardous sea voyages from Myanmar. Local fishermen saw...

Powerful earthquake shakes Indonesia's Sumatra, kills 1

Oct. 01, 2022 06:12 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong and shallow earthquake shook Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Saturday, killing a resident, injuring 11 and damaging more than a a dozen houses and buildings, police said. The magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck about 40 kilometers (24.8 miles)...

Powerful quake shakes Indonesia, but no casualties reported

Sep. 23, 2022 19:41 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong undersea earthquake shook Indonesia’s northernmost province of Aceh on Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties and officials said there was no threat of a tsunami. Witnesses said many people ran out of their...

Strong earthquakes shake part of Indonesia's West Papua

Sep. 09, 2022 22:14 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A series of strong inland earthquakes shook Indonesia’s easternmost province Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties. The Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said at least four land-based...