Indonesia

Fires and fury in Indonesia

A fire rages in Riau province, Indonesia. Photo: Jefta Images/Barcroft Media via Getty

Slash-and-burn farming is to blame for many of the nearly 2,000 wildfires that have spread smoke over swathes of Indonesia and caused respiratory problems for at least 920,000 people, the New York Times reports.

Context: The government tends to ignore violations from palm oil and wood pulp producers who intentionally start the fires, but pressure is mounting on President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to take action.

Indonesia under tsunami warning after 6.9 earthquake

The coast of northern Sulawesi is seen from a plane approaching the capital city of Manado
The coast of northern Sulawesi is seen from a plane approaching the capital city of Manado. Photo: Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images

Indonesia issued a tsunami warning on Sunday after a 6.9 earthquake hit in the Molucca Sea, AP reports.

Details: No immediate injuries or damage has been reported. The quake was centered 115 miles southeast of Manado at 15 miles deep, the U.S. Geological Survey reports. The latest height projections for the tsunami is at 1.5 feet or less, according to AccuWeather.

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