Virtual tourism may help travel agents survive, but not so much local businesses in tourism destinations.
Hundreds of thousands of people are homeless following the Lombok earthquakes. Much of this suffering need not have happened if houses were constructed to better withstand shaking.
Researchers are using a rubber-soil mixture to make earthquake-proof foundations.
A tectonic earthquake doesn’t always trigger eruptions of nearby volcanoes. If an eruption happens, the volcano must already have been in a critical condition.
Caught in the middle: Lombok and Bali are exposed to earthquake and tsunamis risk due to a tectonic plate boundary to the south, but also a unique zone of activity that thrusts to the north.
Human trafficking is a growing problem in Indonesia and, despite support from regional neighbours, the country isn’t making much progress.