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This map shows the ground motion during the six months following the earthquake that struck the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi on 28 September 2018, and was obtained by processing Copernicus Sentinel-1 images acquired between October 2018 and April 2019. Image: ESA/contains Copernicus Sentinel data (2018–19), processed by Planetek Rheticus Service.

In September 2018, the Indonesian island of Sulawesi was hit by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake. The impact, combined with the tsunami, landslides, and soil liquefaction that followed, “... claimed well over 2000 lives, destroyed homes, buildings, infrastructure and farmland in several districts,” according to the European Space Agency (ESA)

Ten months later, response efforts are now moving into the... read more

Publishing Date: 06/08/2019
Bali, Indonesia. Mount Agung eruption. False color image. 28 November 2017. Based on Sentinel-3 data.

A team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol’s School of Earth Sciences, has used Sentinel-1 satellite imagery to analyze the ground deformation of the Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia, and explain why it erupted in November 2017 after 50 years of dormancy.

The previous eruption of Agung in 1963 killed nearly 2,000 people and was followed by a small eruption of its neighbouring volcano, Batur. Because this past event was among the deadliest volcanic eruptions of the 20th century, the scientific community deployed a great effort into the monitoring and understanding of the re-awakening of Agung.

Two months before the eruption, a sudden increase in the number of small earthquakes occurred around the volcano. The researchers realized satellite... read more

Publishing Date: 06/03/2019
In September 2018, an earthquake and tsunami hit the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, leaving thousands dead and injured. Image: European Union 2018 / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Following a tsunami that hit coastal areas around the Sunda strait between the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java on 22 December, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) has requested the activation of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters on behalf of the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) of Indonesia. LAPAN is a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office (RSO).

According to the Indonesian National... read more

Publishing Date: 24/12/2018
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Copernicus Emergency Management Service (© 2018 European Union), [EMSR317] Palu - Indonesia, Grading Map.

The International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” and the Copernicus Emergency Management Service Mapping have been activated on 29 September after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in the central Indonesian Island of Sulawesi.

At least 844 people have been killed and 64,000 displaced according to reports.

The cities of Palu and Donggala are the worst affected areas by the earthquake and a tsunami with waves as high as six metres.

The International Charter was activated by the Asian... read more

Publishing Date: 01/10/2018
Logo of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters"

The International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” has been activated on 6 August after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Lombok, Indonesia.

At least 98 people have been killed and 10,000 have been evacuated after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Lombok, destroying buildings and cutting power. The neighbouring islands of Bali and Gili Islands have also been affected. The quake struck at a depth of 13 km, according to GEOFON Program Potsdam, and tsunami warnings were triggered. Search and rescue efforts are also being affected by dangerous aftershocks, with over 130 having been recorded since the initial earthquake.

The International Charter activation was requested by the Asian Disaster Reduction... read more

Publishing Date: 07/08/2018

A new mobile phone application provides early warning and early action information related to the Citarum River Basin in Indonesia. FEWEAS Citarum can be downloaded for free on Android and iOS phones and is expected to help the authorities with the mitigation and disaster risk reduction around the area of the Citarum River Basin in Indonesia. The app is an initiative of the Bandung Institute of... read more

Publishing Date: 14/12/2017
Tracking the Sulfur Dioxide from Mount Agung. Image: NASA.

Authorities in Bali, Indonesia have ordered residents living near the Mount Agung... read more

Publishing Date: 30/11/2017
Satellite image of Indonesia's islands. Image: courtesy of ESA

The International Charter Space and Major Disasters was activated on 7 December 2016 due to a 6.5 earthquake in Indonesia. The Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) on behalf of LAPAN requested the activation. The most affected area was the Pidie Jaya district where damage was reported in approximately 250 buildings leaving several thousand people homeless. The number of victims is 102; however the Indonesia Disaster Agency said that the figure could increase as the... read more

Publishing Date: 09/12/2016
2009 earthquake in Papua, Indonesia. Image: courtesy of NASA

Geologist from the Australian National University (ANU) documented how the Banda Detachment fault in eastern Indonesia formed and works. This finding will help to evaluate the dangers of future tsunamis in the area that is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, known for frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Dr Jonathan Pownall, leader of the research, confirmed that “a 7km-deep abyss beneath the Banda Sea off eastern Indonesia was formed by extension along what might be Earth’s largest-identified exposed fault plane.”

ANU researchers worked together with Royal Holloway University of London experts analyzing high-resolution maps of the Banda Sea floor and found rocks flooring the seas are cut by hundreds of straight parallel scars. The marks show that the missing crust is bigger than a country like Tasmania or Belgium and it was torn apart by 120 km of extension along a... read more

Publishing Date: 06/12/2016
The highlighted section shows additional fire hot spots under the Indonesian haze, using satellite imagery of TET-1 (Image: DLR).

So far, more than two million hectares of Indonesian forest area have been lost due to the forest fires that broke out on 21 June 2015. The National Space and Aviation Agency of Indonesia (LAPAN) expects losses to grow, as large forest areas and peat lands, especially in Kalimantan and Sumatra, are still affected by fires.   

Parwati Sofan, a senior official in LAPAN, stated at a press conference which was held at the Natural Disaster... read more

Publishing Date: 09/11/2015
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Recently, fire hot spots decreased in consequence of heavy rainfalls (Image: NASA).

Since weeks Indonesia experiences severe forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan, Indonesia's half of Borneo island. Social Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa officially confirmed the death of 19 people, as a cause of the effects of the fire haze. Due to heavy rainfall within the last days, the number of fire hot spots decreased from 1.578 to 291 on 28 October. 

Pollution levels advanced from "unhealthy" to "moderate" in Riau province on Sumatra island. Overall, more than half a million Indonesians suffer from the effects of the haze. This year’s fires had been worsened by... read more

Publishing Date: 29/10/2015

The Indonesia Regional Support Office of UNSPIDER performed the following activities in September 2015:

1.  LAPAN support emergency quick response for land fires in Sumatera and Kalimantan. Since August 2015 land fires is occuring in Sumatera and Kalimantan. There are 6 provinces that have high density of... read more

Publishing Date: 13/10/2015
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Supervision of LAPAN team on technical advisory meeting on 7 July in Bondowoso (Image: LAPAN)

LAPAN, UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office, has been contributing to the mitigation process of the impact caused by the Mt. Sinabung and Mt. Raung volcanoes in Indonesia.

Mt. Sinabung, in North Sumatera, has been erupting since the middle-end of 2013 and Mt. Raung, in East Java, has been erupting since the end of June 2015. Until now, both volcanoes still show activity to the point of releasing volcanic ashes into the atmosphere that disrupt social-economic activities and interfere the air transportation.

In... read more

Publishing Date: 06/08/2015
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Satellite image of the Kalimantan region, which will not suffer drought in 2015 (Image: ESA)

The Indonesian National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN), UN-SPIDER’s Regional Support Office, has stated that Indonesia would face in 2015 the worst drought in the past five years, which would affect 80 per cent of the country’s territory, except for Kalimantan and Sumatra. 

This... read more

Publishing Date: 30/07/2015
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Floods in Jakarta 2013 (Image: Arsonal/Wikipedia)

On Monday, Fujitsu Limited and PT. Fujitsu Indonesia announced the completion of a participatory disaster information-sharing system, created for Jakarta’s Regional Disaster Management Agency, BPBD DKI. The smartphone application, which lets residents share disaster information, will be ready to go this month.

The app receives real time information from individuals as well as from BPBD DKI, Jakartas Disaster Information Management System, to which it is linked. People can upload pictures and comments, which the app will assign to their locations, using the associated GPS data. Consolidating all information, the application can plot a single map, showing rainfall amounts and... read more

Publishing Date: 25/03/2015
Indonesian Lesser Sunda Islands seen from space

An early warning system for landslides will be installed in vulnerable areas in Indonesia, said the head of the Indonesian National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB), Syamsul Maarif.

The installation of the system was ordered by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, following the landslide in Central Java that killed at least 82 people on Friday December 12, 2014.

In order to implement the early warning system for landslides, BNPB will... read more

Publishing Date: 24/12/2014
Satellite-based map of the area affected by the landslide

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated on 15 December 2014 by the Asia Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) on behalf of Indonesian National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) in order to obtain satellite-based emergency maps. LAPAN will also serve as the project manager for this activation.

Heavy rain had caused a deadly landslide in Indonesia on 12 December 2014, which buried... read more

Publishing Date: 19/12/2014
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CNSA satellite imagery to support Indonesia

Following a memorandum of understanding of 6 October, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) and the Indonesian Maritime Security Coordinating Board (IMSCB) have signed an agreement on the access to Chinese remote-sensing data.

The negotiated agreement allows the transmission of CNSA remote sensing information to IMSCB ground receiving stations, which are responsible for the Indonesian archipelago's security. The arrangement is intended to improve IMSCB's early-warning capacity and to enhance disaster relief and... read more

Publishing Date: 20/10/2014
154  forest and land fires across Riau province on 20 July.

GFW-Fires is a new dynamic online platform for forest monitoring and fire alert system covering Southeast Asia by providing near-real time information and high-resolution satellite images. Thanks to this tool, fires can be precisely pinpointed in time and space and the impact of each one can be accurately measured and mapped, empowering people to better combat forest fires before they burn out of control.

Global Forest Watch Fires (GFW-Fires) was launched on 22 July in Jakarta, Indonesia, as the outcome of a partnership between World Resources Institute, DigitalGlobe, the Indonesian government, Google and Esri. GFW-Fires features near real-time satellite images from DigitalGlobe, fire alerts from... read more

Publishing Date: 31/07/2014
Indonesian firefighters are now using GIS to share real-time information

Firefighters and field officers in Bekasi, Indonesia, can now collect first hand data and share real-time information by using the newly deployed GIS data capture application.

This application enhances the awareness of the firemen about the in-situ situation and facilitates the department heads’ decision making on deployment. As Futuregov Asia reports, it "also allows users to edit, measure, query and display spatial data."

"The Department is responsible for protecting and securing the safety of its citizens. Besides fire control missions, the Department also has to prevent any kind of disasters, maintain infrastructures and provide related counsels in a timely way," still according to Futuregov Asia.

Publishing Date: 22/05/2014

UN-SPIDER and its Regional Support Office in Indonesia, LAPAN, jointly conducted the ASEAN workshop "Development of mechanisms for acquisition and utilisation of space-based information during emergency response" from 15 to 16 April 2014 in Jogjakarta, Indonesia. The workshop was furthermore supported by the ... read more

Publishing Date: 16/04/2014
Fires in Sumatra, Indonesia in March 2014 seen from Space.

Indonesia recently launched InAWARE, an advanced hazard early warning and monitoring system in order to enhance its emergency... read more

Publishing Date: 01/04/2014
The eruptions of Mount Sinabung are less violent now, but they are not over.

In January 2014, Mount Sinabung on Indonesia's Sumatra island has exploded intensively and repeatedly, forcing thousands of residents to vacate their houses. While eruptions have weakened and are less violent now, the volcanic activity of Mount Sinabung is ongoing.

NASA's Landsat satellite has captured the ash plume and pyroclastic flow from the volcano on 6 March 2014. The false-color image clearly shows the pyroclastic flow in red on the eastern flank of Sinabung.

Publishing Date: 12/03/2014
satellite image of fires in Indonesia

Since February, many fires have broken out on the Sumatra peninsula in Indonesia, as UN-SPIDER reported; many of them were deliberately set in order to clean the land. Although this is illegal, it is still a common practice in the region. NASA’s satellites Terra and Aqua monitor these fires from Space.

Since the fires have spread widely in peat forests, the produced smoke is denser than normal. Also at risk is the Giam Siak Kecil-Bukit Batu biosphere reserve that contains a wide range of animal and plant species.

Normally, fires occur in Indonesia during the dry season between April and October. This year the fire season started earlier and has already forced Indonesia to declare a state of... read more

Publishing Date: 10/03/2014
Satellite images help detect fires in Indonesia

NASA’s satellites detected over 500 hotspots of forest, plantation and peatland fires across the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. In Riau Province alone, the authorities located over 380 hotspots through satellite imagery from NASA's Terra and Aqua missions.

The scarcity of rainfall contributes to the wide spread of agricultural fires, once set by farmers to clear the land. On 15 February, the number of hotspots detected by the satellites doubled from 350 to 700 as compared to the day before.

On February 11, the National Disaster... read more

Publishing Date: 25/02/2014

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