ITU provides satellite imagery and training to Indonesia for post-
earthquake disaster telecommunications network planning
the powerful magnitude 6.3 earthquake of Saturday 27 May 2006 that struck Java
Island, Indonesia, ITU, in partnership with the United Nations Satellite Agency
(UNOSAT), is assisting the government of Indonesia with the provision of
satellite imagery, mapping services and training in Yogjakarta for post-disaster
telecommunication network planning, rehabilitation and vulnerability reduction.
The objectives of this post-disaster assistance are:
- Provide very high resolution pre-disaster
- Provide very high resolution post-disaster
mapping to be used in rehabilitation operations and
planning of telecom networks,
- Provide geographical mapping information for
reducing vulnerability of critical infrastructure,
e.g., telecommunications network when future
- Provide assistance in interpreting data and information from the
- Conduct related training of staff as required,
- Provide GIS Software.
This assistance is part of ITU’s ongoing efforts in disaster mitigation and
management aimed at helping Member States prepare, respond and rebuild when
disasters destroy telecommunications networks.
About the disaster
The magnitude 6.3 quake that struck soon after dawn on May 27 killed more than
6,200 people on Indonesia's densely populated Java Island. According to the
latest report from the social affairs ministry; the disaster resulted in more
than 33,000 people injured, an estimated 647,000 people displaced and 130,000
homes destroyed or damaged.
The worst devastation was in the town of Bantul, where 80% of the homes were
destroyed and more than 4,000 people killed. The quake was the most recent in a
series of disasters to strike Indonesia — from the 2004 tsunami that ravaged
Aceh province to the threat of eruption from nearby Mount Merapi.
Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, is prone to earthquakes because the
country sits along the Pacific Ocean's so-called Ring of Fire zone of active
volcanoes and tectonic faults. Its 18,000 islands have 129 active volcanoes.
Indonesia geographical maps
Preliminary Damage Assessment -
Click for high res -
Damage assessment of the
Earthquake on May 27, 2006 - Jetis Region
high res -
Magnitude 6.3 Earthquake: Java,
high res -
Recent response efforts by ITU: