Indonesian Earthquake, May 27 2006

May 27 (Bloomberg) -- Condolences and aid pledges poured into Indonesia from the United Nations, European Union and individual nations after a magnitude 6.2 earthquake today in central Java that killed more than 3,000 people and left thousands injured.

The temblor struck at 5:54 a.m. local time near to the city of Yogyakarta. Most damage occurred further south in Bantul, where homes and buildings collapsed, said John Budd, the United Nations Children's Fund's communications officer. The earthquake struck about 60 kilometers north of Mount Merapi, where authorities evacuated people this month on concern it may erupt. The quake won't make an eruption more likely, AFP said, citing seismologists. No tsunami has been reported.

The death toll has been rising steadily through the day. Indonesia's social affairs ministry most recently said 3,068 people were killed, according to Sky News.

Hospitals in Yogyakarta need more doctors, medical supplies and makeshift tents to care for 15,000 patients, said Antara news agency, citing Budi Mulyono, a spokesman foe state-run Sardjito Hospital. Some patients are being treated in parking lots.

The GCP prediction is similar to recent quakes, with a pre-quake period of an hour or so, and total duration of 8 hours. The result is Chisq 29439 on 28800 df, for a pvalue of 0.0041 and Z of 2.645 (less 5% for variance = 2.513).

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