I am in Jogja, Indonesia, it is the short name for Yogyakarta. I believe I am approximately 10 miles or 15 Kilometers north of the Epicenter of the Earthquake.
Coming from Solo Airport to Jogja I could see buildings along the road that had damage or collapsed. It is sort of random looking, however I believe the building that suffered were older construction with no steal in them. The ones with steel were cracked, however the ones that fell looked more to be red clay brick with a concrete cover and small or no re-rod in them.
Some new construction was damage, you could have a new building next to a new building and one would have lots of damage and the other none.
There is plenty of Hotel space and anyone that wanted to volunteer could easily find a room. The hotel I am in, was full, then after the earthquake it emptied.
The 5 Star Hotels are having the biggest influx as most of the NGOs stay in them. I have not felt or seen any misplaced persons living in Jogja in the Hotels. I am in some Backpacker Ghetto and it is deserted.
The Hotel is the Setia Kawan Losman on Gang II, it is from the Lonely Planet.
I will rent a motorbike and ride to Bantul tomorrow morning.
Global Positioning Satellite
Region JAVA, INDONESIA
Distances 15 km (10 miles) S of Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia
110 km (70 miles) S of Semarang, Java, Indonesia
145 km (90 miles) SE of Pekalongan, Java, Indonesia
455 km (280 miles) ESE of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usneb6.php#details Jogja Indonesia
Andy of HoboTraveler.com
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I want to follow where you go now; maybe I can blog and travel to this in some time soon or not. What advice is there to give someone who redoles in a way of going? Pleas tell me Andy what is that I can do?
Could you tell me what you packed for your travels. I'm trying to get myself together for a 2-month trip and I'm looking for packing tips. The best I've found so far is www.packinglist.info which is described as a "universal packing list" which means it is very general. Fortunately the list is in Word so I have taken it as a starting point for my own list- but I'd still like to know what experience tells you you need.
Apologies if you've already published your packing list.