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Suara Pembaruan Article - English version - August 10, 2010

Geologists reignited the debate Monday about whether to blame nature or humans for the devastating eruption nine years ago of an Indonesian mud volcano still oozing its all-consuming sludge today.

New analysis of underground gas levels measured at the time of the outburst point the finger to gas exploration -- not an earthquake -- as the trigger, a research team from the United States, Britain and Australia wrote in the journal Nature Geosciences.

Humanitus Sidoarjo Fund Receives US$1M Russian Grant

Australia-based NGO Humanitus Foundation has announced the receipt of support for a US$1 million grant for technical equipment and assistance for its recently established Humanitus Sidoarjo Fund (HSF).

Indonesia arrests oil and gas regulator boss Rubiandini

Indonesian authorities have named the head of the country's oil and gas regulator, SKKMigas, as a suspect in a bribery case.

Indonesia Ranks as Second-Riskiest Place in World for Natural Disasters

Paris. Indonesia is one of the countries most vulnerable to natural disasters, according to an international study released on Thursday. It joins Bangladesh and Iran at the top of the list. Asia?s twin giants, China and India, are among the 15 countries that, out of 229, are rated as 'xtreme' risk.