Posts Tagged ‘East Timor’

Strong 6.8 quake hits near East Timor

August 30, 2011 Comments off


DILI, East Timor — A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck deep beneath the seabed near East Timor on Tuesday but no tsunami warning was issued, a local geophysics agency said.

The quake hit at 13:57 pm (0657 GMT) at a depth of 469 kilometres (291 miles), about 271 kilometres northeast of the capital, Dili, according to Indonesia’s geophysics agency.

“We did not issue a tsunami warning. There are no reports of damage so far,” said Novita, an official at Indonesia’s national quake centre.

“The quake was felt by the people in Timor island, but not strongly,” Read more…

Giant rats lead scientists to ancient face carvings

February 12, 2011 Comments off
Ancient stone faces carved into the walls of a well-known limestone cave in East Timor have been discovered by a team searching for fossils of extinct giant rats.

Group of petroglyphs in Lena Hara Cave, East Timor

Credit: John Brush

The team of archaeologists and palaeontologists were working in Lene Hara Cave on the northeast tip of East Timor.

“Looking up from the cave floor at a colleague sitting on a ledge, my head torch shone on what seemed to be a weathered carving,” CSIRO’s Dr Ken Aplin said.

“I shone the torch around and saw a whole panel of engraved prehistoric human faces on the wall of the cave. Read more…