Indonesia is in a zone known as the Pacific “ring of fire”, which is prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity. On Saturday morning, 27 Mei 2006, when An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale jolted Yogyakarta and parts of Central Java and East Java provinces. About 3000 people are thought to have been killed and more than 10,000 injured. Since it first hit, more than 75 tremors has been recorded.
The quake hit at 0554 local time (2253 GMT Friday), around 25km (15 miles) south of the city of Yogyakarta, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.
Yogyakarta is near the Mount Merapi volcano, which threatened to erupt earlier this month, forcing thousands of people to be evacuated