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01-11 Ferry disaster leaves 246 missing Sulawesi
2. 04-04 N. Korea launches rocket North Korea
D. 04-10 Thai protests disrupt Asian summit Thailand
E. 05-22 Ex-S Korea leader 'kills himself' South Korea
5. 05-25 N. Korea conducted second nuclear test Kilchu, North Korea
6. 05-26 N. Korea fires short-range missiles North Korea
H. 07-16 Deadly blasts hit Jakarta hotels Jakarta
I. 08-04 N. Korean leader pardons U.S. journalists North Korea
J. 08-10 'Hundreds lost' in typhoon Taiwan

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Ferry disaster leaves 246 missing   21 have been rescued. Rescue crews continued their search for the missing a day after The Teratai Prima capsized off the coast of Majena N. Korea launches rocket Thai protests disrupt Asian summit Ex-S Korea leader 'kills himself'   N. Korea conducted second nuclear test   North Korea announces that it has conducted a second successful nuclear test at an underground facility near Kilchu N. Korea fires short-range missiles Deadly blasts hit Jakarta hotels N. Korean leader pardons U.S. journalists 'Hundreds lost' in typhoon Dalai Lama arrives in Taiwan Hatoyama takes over as PM  Parliament has formally confirmed Yukio Hatoyama as the prime minister. His Democratic Party of Japan won a huge poll victory last month Indonesia quake death kills thousands   Thousands more trapped by collapsed buildings and houses. The quake caused widespread power and phone outages Quake deaths pass 1,000 Death toll rises in massacre  Bodies lie scattered in a rural field, some unearthed from a shallow grave hastily dug by the gunmen who seized the group of men and women
Jan.11   Sulawesi
Jan.19  China  China confirms 3rd bird flu death this year
Jan.29  North Korea  North Korea tears up agreements
Feb.6  China  China suffering worst drought in 50 years
Feb.16  Japan  Clinton visits Asia to send key message
 Cambodia  First Khmer Rouge trial to begin
Feb.23  North Korea  North Korea 'plans rocket launch'
Mar.4  Beijing  Economy tops China's congress meeting
Mar.10  China  China: U.S. ship violated international law
Mar.27  Jakarta  Suburban 'tsunami' kills 77
Apr.4   North Korea
Apr.5  North Korea  Space launch 'fails'
Apr.10   Thailand
Apr.12  Thailand  Troops crack down on protest
Apr.13  Thailand  Protests 'under control'
Apr.14  North Korea  N Korea orders UN inspectors out
Apr.23  North Korea  US women 'face North Korea trial'
May.1  Hong Kong  'Flu' hotel sealed off
May.19  Japan  Japan's economy in record plunge
 Jakarta  Nearly 100 dead in military plane crash
May.22   South Korea
May.25   North Korea
May.26   North Korea
 North Korea  N Korea threatens military action
Jun.4  Hong Kong  Hong Kong holds Tiananmen vigil
Jun.7  North Korea  Reporters get 12-year terms in N. Korea
Jun.18  North Korea  N. Korea ship may be carrying weapons
Jul.3  North Korea  North Korea test-fires more missiles
Jul.16   Jakarta
Jul.19  China  Police killed 12 in Uyghur riots
Jul.31  Philippines  Corazon Aquino dies
Aug.4  North Korea  Bill Clinton meets with N. Korea leader
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Aug.7  Taiwan  Typhoon Morakot lashes Taiwan
 Indonesia  Suspected terrorist Top killed
Aug.10   Taiwan
 Southern China  Landslide crushes buildings
Aug.11  Taiwan  Mudslide hundreds 'alive'
Aug.16  Japan  Japan's economy leaves recession
Aug.17  South Korea  Former S Korea President Kim dies
Aug.22  South Korea  S Korean head meets North envoys
Aug.30   Taiwan
 Japan  Opposition set for victory
Sep.2  Indonesia  Powerful earthquake kills 34
Sep.11  Taiwan  Chen, wife sentenced to life
Sep.15   Japan
Sep.16  Indonesia  Top terror suspect killed in raid
Sep.26  Manila  Dozens dead in floods
Sep.30   Sumatra
Oct.1   Sumatra
Oct.2  Sumatra  Thousands still trapped by quake
 Sumatra  Entire villages buried by quakes
Oct.7  Melanesia  Tsunami warning in south Pacific
Oct.10  Philippines  Days of flooding, landslides kill 186
Nov.17  Beijing  Trade focus for Obama talks
Nov.22  Sumatra  29 dead as ferry sinks
Nov.24   Southern Philippines
Dec.12  Southern Philippines  Islamic militants' raid frees 31 from jail
Dec.16  Philippines  30,000 flee volcano
Dec.26  Aceh  Fifth anniversary of tsunami marked



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North Korea tears up agreements
Clinton visits Asia to send key message
Economy tops China's congress meeting
Thai protests disrupt Asian summit
Troops crack down on protest
Protests 'under control'
US women 'face North Korea trial'
Ex-S Korea leader 'kills himself'
N Korea threatens military action
Hong Kong holds Tiananmen vigil
Reporters get 12-year terms in N. Korea
Police killed 12 in Uyghur riots
Corazon Aquino dies
N. Korean leader pardons U.S. journalists
Dalai Lama arrives in Taiwan
Opposition set for victory
Chen, wife sentenced to life
Hatoyama takes over as PM
Ferry disaster leaves 246 missing
China confirms 3rd bird flu death this year
China suffering worst drought in 50 years
Suburban 'tsunami' kills 77
Space launch 'fails'
'Flu' hotel sealed off
Nearly 100 dead in military plane crash
Typhoon Morakot lashes Taiwan
'Hundreds lost' in typhoon
Landslide crushes buildings
Mudslide hundreds 'alive'
Powerful earthquake kills 34
Dozens dead in floods
Indonesia quake death kills thousands
Quake deaths pass 1,000
Days of flooding, landslides kill 186
North Korea tears up agreements
North Korea 'plans rocket launch'
China: U.S. ship violated international law
N. Korea launches rocket
Troops crack down on protest
N Korea orders UN inspectors out
Nearly 100 dead in military plane crash
N. Korea conducted second nuclear test
N. Korea fires short-range missiles
N Korea threatens military action
N. Korea ship may be carrying weapons
North Korea test-fires more missiles
First Khmer Rouge trial to begin
Deadly blasts hit Jakarta hotels
Suspected terrorist Top killed
Chen, wife sentenced to life
Top terror suspect killed in raid
Death toll rises in massacre
Southeast Asia
Thai protests disrupt Asian summit
Troops crack down on protest
Protests 'under control'
Corazon Aquino dies
Ferry disaster leaves 246 missing
Suburban 'tsunami' kills 77
Nearly 100 dead in military plane crash
Powerful earthquake kills 34
Dozens dead in floods
Indonesia quake death kills thousands
Quake deaths pass 1,000
Days of flooding, landslides kill 186
Troops crack down on protest
Nearly 100 dead in military plane crash
First Khmer Rouge trial to begin
Deadly blasts hit Jakarta hotels
Suspected terrorist Top killed
Top terror suspect killed in raid
Death toll rises in massacre
Korea
North Korea tears up agreements
US women 'face North Korea trial'
Ex-S Korea leader 'kills himself'
N Korea threatens military action
Reporters get 12-year terms in N. Korea
N. Korean leader pardons U.S. journalists
Bill Clinton meets with N. Korea leader
Space launch 'fails'
North Korea tears up agreements
North Korea 'plans rocket launch'
N. Korea launches rocket
N Korea orders UN inspectors out
N. Korea conducted second nuclear test
N. Korea fires short-range missiles
N Korea threatens military action
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North Korea
North Korea tears up agreements
US women 'face North Korea trial'
N Korea threatens military action
Reporters get 12-year terms in N. Korea
N. Korean leader pardons U.S. journalists
Space launch 'fails'
North Korea tears up agreements
North Korea 'plans rocket launch'
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N Korea orders UN inspectors out
N. Korea conducted second nuclear test
N. Korea fires short-range missiles
N Korea threatens military action
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Ferry disaster leaves 246 missing
Suburban 'tsunami' kills 77
Nearly 100 dead in military plane crash
Powerful earthquake kills 34
Indonesia quake death kills thousands
Quake deaths pass 1,000
Nearly 100 dead in military plane crash
Deadly blasts hit Jakarta hotels
Suspected terrorist Top killed
Top terror suspect killed in raid
China
Economy tops China's congress meeting
Hong Kong holds Tiananmen vigil
Police killed 12 in Uyghur riots
China confirms 3rd bird flu death this year
China suffering worst drought in 50 years
'Flu' hotel sealed off
Landslide crushes buildings
China: U.S. ship violated international law
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Taiwan
Dalai Lama arrives in Taiwan
Chen, wife sentenced to life
Typhoon Morakot lashes Taiwan
'Hundreds lost' in typhoon
Mudslide hundreds 'alive'
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Chen, wife sentenced to life
Japan
Clinton visits Asia to send key message
Opposition set for victory
Hatoyama takes over as PM
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Philippines
Corazon Aquino dies
Dozens dead in floods
Days of flooding, landslides kill 186
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Death toll rises in massacre
Indochina
Thai protests disrupt Asian summit
Troops crack down on protest
Protests 'under control'
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First Khmer Rouge trial to begin
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Thousands still trapped by quake
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January 2009 ... more > Top ^
Jan.11   Sulawesi  
  21 have been rescued. Rescue crews continued their search for the missing a day after The Teratai Prima capsized off the coast of Majena
Jan.19   China China confirms 3rd bird flu death this year Jan.21  China  Death penalty over contaminated milk Jan.29   North Korea North Korea tears up agreements

February 2009 ... more > Top ^
Feb.6   China China suffering worst drought in 50 years
Feb.15  Japan  Japan's economy in quarterly dive Feb.16   Japan Clinton visits Asia to send key message   Cambodia First Khmer Rouge trial to begin  Japan  Finance minister to resign Feb.18  Taiwan  Taiwan economy slumps into recession Feb.19  South Korea  Korean tensions brew as Clinton arrives Feb.21  Beijing  Clinton: Human rights 'cannot interfere'  China  74 dead in mine blast Feb.23   North Korea North Korea 'plans rocket launch' Feb.26  Japan  Japan's industrial output plunges

March 2009 ... more > Top ^
Mar.4   Beijing   Economy tops China's congress meeting  At the National People's Congress Premier Wen Jiabao pledging economic growth amid a growing national deficit and the global financial crisi... Mar.5  South Korea  S Korea diverts jets over threats Mar.9  North Korea  N. Kor. Warns against satellite interception Mar.10   China China: U.S. ship violated international law
Mar.22  Japan  2 die as cargo plane crash lands Mar.25  China  YouTube blocked in China Mar.26  North Korea  U.S. Navy deploys as N. K. readies rocket  Jakarta  28 dead after dam bursts Mar.27   Jakarta Suburban 'tsunami' kills 77

April 2009 ... more > Top ^
Apr.1  Malaysia  Prime minister resigns Apr.2  North Korea  N. Korea warns against targeting rocket  Thailand  Gunfire on Thai-Cambodian border Apr.4   North Korea   N. Korea launches rocket
  North Korea launched a long-range rocket in what U.S. and South Korean officials deemed a provocative act; the payload remains unclear.    N. Korea has said the rocket was to carry a satellite into space,...
Apr.5   North Korea Space launch 'fails'
Apr.10   Thailand   Thai protests disrupt Asian summit
  Political demonstrations in Thailand disrupted the Association of South East Asian Nations summit
Apr.12   Thailand Troops crack down on protest Apr.13   Thailand Protests 'under control'  North Korea  N Korea to boycott nuclear talks Apr.14   North Korea N Korea orders UN inspectors out Apr.17  Thailand  PM: Emergency powers to stay in place Apr.23   North Korea US women 'face North Korea trial'

May 2009 ... more > Top ^
May.1   Hong Kong     'Flu' hotel sealed off  About 300 people have been placed under quarantine after a guest there became China's first confirmed swine flu case May.7  Malaysia  Terrorism suspect arrested May.19   Japan Japan's economy in record plunge
  Jakarta   Nearly 100 dead in military plane crash   112 people were thought to be aboard when the Hercules transport plane crashed into a residential area in east Java May.22   South Korea   Ex-S Korea leader 'kills himself'
  Roh Moo-hyun , 62, had been under investigation for alleged corruption, has apparently committed suicide by jumping into a ravine.    He was mountain climbing near his home and had left a brief suicide note and had left a brief suicide not...
May.25   North Korea     N. Korea conducted second nuclear test
Map of Kilchu North Korea
  North Korea announces that it has conducted a second successful nuclear test at an underground facility near Kilchu
 South Korea’s cabinet is holding an emergency meeting after it detected an artificial earthquake in North Korea. Later North Korea’s Central News Agency confirmed that the nation conducted its second underground nuclear test
May.26   North Korea   N. Korea fires short-range missiles
  North Korea fired two short-range missiles from its east coast -- a day after conducting a nuclear test
  North Korea   N Korea threatens military action  North Korea has warned of a military response after S. Korea joined an anti-proliferation exercise which allow it to search the North's ship... May.29  South Korea  Koreans turn out in force for Roh

June 2009 ... more > Top ^
Jun.1  North Korea  N Korea 'names Kim's successor' Jun.4   Hong Kong Hong Kong holds Tiananmen vigil
 Thailand  Kung Fu star Carradine found dead Jun.7   North Korea   Reporters get 12-year terms in N. Korea  Two U.S. journalists who were detained in North Korea while covering the plight of defectors have been sentenced to 12 years in labor camps Jun.18   North Korea N. Korea ship may be carrying weapons

July 2009 ... more > Top ^
Jul.3   North Korea North Korea test-fires more missiles
Jul.8  North Korea  Kim Jong Il frail at father's memorial Jul.16   Jakarta   Deadly blasts hit Jakarta hotels
  Explosions tore through Ritz-Carlton and J.W. Marriott, two luxury hotels, killing at least eight people. The number of injured was in the 40s.    The Manchester United team was due to arrive in Indonesia and was booked to stay at the R...
Jul.18  Jakarta  Malaysian fugitive suspected in bombs Jul.19   China Police killed 12 in Uyghur riots Jul.20  Japan  PM dissolves parliament Jul.31   Philippines   Corazon Aquino dies  Former President had been suffering from colon cancer for more than a year and recently announced she was refusing further treatment

August 2009 ... more > Top ^
Aug.4   North Korea Bill Clinton meets with N. Korea leader
  North Korea     N. Korean leader pardons U.S. journalists
  President Kim Jong Il has pardoned and ordered the release of two U.S. journalists after Bill Clinton met with top North Korean officials
 North Korea  Two freed US reporters head home Aug.7   Taiwan Typhoon Morakot lashes Taiwan   Indonesia Suspected terrorist Top killed Aug.9  Southern China  Typhoon Morakot slams into China  Southern China  Millions displaced as typhoon blasts China Aug.10   Taiwan   'Hundreds lost' in typhoon
  Morakot triggered a mudslide that buried an entire Shiao Lin village on the south-west coast after part of the mountain collapsed on sleeping homes.    The typhoon struck at the weekend, dumping record amounts of rain and washing out roads and bridges. Mo...
  Southern China Landslide crushes buildings Aug.11   Taiwan Mudslide hundreds 'alive'  Indonesia  Sought-after militant not killed Aug.12  Taiwan  Typhoon death toll mounts Aug.13  Taiwan  Mudslide death toll rises Aug.15  Taiwan  1,300 still trapped after typhoon Aug.16   Japan Japan's economy leaves recession Aug.17   South Korea Former S Korea President Kim dies Aug.22   South Korea S Korean head meets North envoys Aug.26  Taiwan  Dalai Lama to visit typhoon-hit Taiwan Aug.28  South Korea  Koreas reach deal to reunite families Aug.30   Taiwan     Dalai Lama arrives in Taiwan
  The Dalai Lama arrived on a visit that will include prayers for victims of Typhoon Morakot, but which has raised the ire of neighboring China
  Japan     Opposition set for victory   Prime Minister Taro Aso announced his resignation as head of the party that has governed for decades following its landslide defeat in elect...

September 2009 ... more > Top ^
Sep.2   Indonesia Powerful earthquake kills 34  Indonesia  Quake search stepped up Sep.5  Southern Philippines  Hundreds saved from doomed ferry Sep.11   Taiwan   Chen, wife sentenced to life  Former President Chen Shui-bian was convicted on corruption and money laundering charges, and was sentenced to life in prison Sep.15   Japan   Hatoyama takes over as PM
  Parliament has formally confirmed Yukio Hatoyama as the prime minister. His Democratic Party of Japan won a huge poll victory last month
 PM Yukio Hatoyama has promised economic revival and strong US ties, vowed to deliver a 'people-oriented society' His Democratic Party of Japan won a huge poll victory, ending 50 years of almost unbroken Liberal Democratic Party rule
Sep.16   Indonesia   Top terror suspect killed in raid   Indonesian police stormed a suspected terrorist hideout in central Java. 3 others were arrested. Police found eight sacks of explosives Sep.23  Thailand  HIV/Aids trial offer vaccine hope Sep.26   Manila   Dozens dead in floods   At least 40 people have been killed and thousands more evacuated as floods caused by heavy rain brought chaos Sep.30   Sumatra   Indonesia quake death kills thousands
Map of Padang Indonesia
  Thousands more trapped by collapsed buildings and houses. The quake caused widespread power and phone outages
 Buildings, including at least two hospitals, were brought down by the 7.6 magnitude quake
 Beijing  China marks Communist anniversary  Sumatra  New quake hits stricken Sumatra

October 2009 ... more > Top ^
Oct.1   Sumatra   Quake deaths pass 1,000
Map of Padang Indonesia
  Corpses lay stacked outside hospitals, as night fell casting nearly the entire city in darkness hours after the region's second strong earthquake.    Rescuers free man trapped in 'pancaked' Indonesian hotel. Rescuers are working i...
Oct.2   Sumatra Thousands still trapped by quake   Sumatra Entire villages buried by quakes Oct.3  Sumatra  Up to 4,000 buried in quake rubble Oct.7   Melanesia Tsunami warning in south Pacific Oct.8  Philippines  Landslides kill more than 120 Oct.9  Beijing  Nations urge early N Korea talks Oct.10   Philippines   Days of flooding, landslides kill 186  Tropical depression Parma, known locally as Pepeng, dumped as much as 36 inches of rain. Another 93 people have been injured Oct.22  North Korea  N Korea food shortage 'desperate' Oct.31  Philippines  Fourth typhoon in month hits Philippines

November 2009 ... more > Top ^
Nov.9  South Korea  Two Koreas' navies in skirmish Nov.14  Singapore  Apec leaders in climate warning Nov.17   Beijing Trade focus for Obama talks
Nov.22   Sumatra 29 dead as ferry sinks Nov.24   Southern Philippines   Death toll rises in massacre
  Bodies lie scattered in a rural field, some unearthed from a shallow grave hastily dug by the gunmen who seized the group of men and women
 Search teams had found a total of 46 bodies, and it was still unclear if there were more victims
Nov.30  Philippines  Murder charges filed over massacre

December 2009 ... more > Top ^
Dec.12   Southern Philippines Islamic militants' raid frees 31 from jail
Dec.16   Philippines 30,000 flee volcano Dec.23  Manila  27 missing after boats collide Dec.24  China  Dissident sentenced to 11 years Dec.26   Aceh Fifth anniversary of tsunami marked Dec.28  China  Mentally ill British man executed


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East Asia, 2009 War & Army Timeline ... See World War & Army timeline Top ^
2009
Jan.29   North Korea
Feb.23   North Korea
Mar.5  South Korea  S Korea diverts jets over threats
Mar.9  North Korea  N. Kor. Warns against satellite interception
Mar.10   China
Mar.26  North Korea  U.S. Navy deploys as N. K. readies rocket
Apr.2  North Korea  N. Korea warns against targeting rocket
Apr.2  Thailand  Gunfire on Thai-Cambodian border
Apr.4   North Korea
  North Korea launched a long-range rocket in what U.S. and South Korean officials deemed a provocative act; the payload remains unclear.    N. Korea has said the rocket was to carry a satellite into space,...
Apr.12   Thailand Troops crack down on protest
Apr.14   North Korea N Korea orders UN inspectors out May.19   Jakarta Nearly 100 dead in military plane crash   112 people were thought to be aboard when the Hercules transport plane crashed into a residential area in east Java May.25   North Korea   N. Korea conducted second nuclear test
Map of Kilchu North Korea
  North Korea announces that it has conducted a second successful nuclear test at an underground facility near Kilchu
 South Korea’s cabinet is holding an emergency meeting after it detected an artificial earthquake in North Korea. Later North Korea’s Central News Agency confirmed that the nation conducted its second underground nuclear test
May.26   North Korea N. Korea fires short-range missiles
  North Korea fired two short-range missiles from its east coast -- a day after conducting a nuclear test
May.26   North Korea N Korea threatens military action  North Korea has warned of a military response after S. Korea joined an anti-proliferation exercise which allow it to search the North's ship... Jun.18   North Korea N. Korea ship may be carrying weapons
Jul.3   North Korea North Korea test-fires more missiles Oct.9  Beijing  Nations urge early N Korea talks Nov.9  South Korea  Two Koreas' navies in skirmish



East Asia, 2009 Disasters Timeline ... See World Disasters timeline Top ^
2009 Jan.11   Sulawesi Ferry disaster leaves 246 missing
Map of Sulawesi Indonesia
  21 have been rescued. Rescue crews continued their search for the missing a day after The Teratai Prima capsized off the coast of Majena
Jan.19   China China confirms 3rd bird flu death this year Feb.6   China China suffering worst drought in 50 years Feb.21  China  74 dead in mine blast Mar.22  Japan  2 die as cargo plane crash lands Mar.26  Jakarta  28 dead after dam bursts Mar.27   Jakarta Suburban 'tsunami' kills 77 Apr.5   North Korea Space launch 'fails' May.1   Hong Kong   'Flu' hotel sealed off  About 300 people have been placed under quarantine after a guest there became China's first confirmed swine flu case May.19   Jakarta Nearly 100 dead in military plane crash   112 people were thought to be aboard when the Hercules transport plane crashed into a residential area in east Java May.22   South Korea Ex-S Korea leader 'kills himself'
  Roh Moo-hyun , 62, had been under investigation for alleged corruption, has apparently committed suicide by jumping into a ravine.    He was mountain climbing near his home and had left a brief suicide note and had left a brief suicide not...
Aug.7   Taiwan Typhoon Morakot lashes Taiwan
Aug.9  Southern China  Typhoon Morakot slams into China Aug.9  Southern China  Millions displaced as typhoon blasts China Aug.10   Taiwan 'Hundreds lost' in typhoon
  Morakot triggered a mudslide that buried an entire Shiao Lin village on the south-west coast after part of the mountain collapsed on sleeping homes.    The typhoon struck at the weekend, dumping record amounts of rain and washing out roads and bridges. Mo...
Aug.10   Southern China Landslide crushes buildings
Aug.11   Taiwan Mudslide hundreds 'alive' Aug.12  Taiwan  Typhoon death toll mounts Aug.13  Taiwan  Mudslide death toll rises Aug.15  Taiwan  1,300 still trapped after typhoon Sep.2   Indonesia Powerful earthquake kills 34 Sep.2  Indonesia  Quake search stepped up Sep.5  Southern Philippines  Hundreds saved from doomed ferry Sep.23  Thailand  HIV/Aids trial offer vaccine hope Sep.26   Manila Dozens dead in floods   At least 40 people have been killed and thousands more evacuated as floods caused by heavy rain brought chaos Sep.30   Sumatra Indonesia quake death kills thousands Map of Padang Indonesia
  Thousands more trapped by collapsed buildings and houses. The quake caused widespread power and phone outages
 Buildings, including at least two hospitals, were brought down by the 7.6 magnitude quake
Sep.30  Sumatra  New quake hits stricken Sumatra Oct.1   Sumatra Quake deaths pass 1,000 Map of Padang Indonesia
  Corpses lay stacked outside hospitals, as night fell casting nearly the entire city in darkness hours after the region's second strong earthquake.    Rescuers free man trapped in 'pancaked' Indonesian hotel. Rescuers are working i...
Oct.2   Sumatra Thousands still trapped by quake Oct.2   Sumatra Entire villages buried by quakes Oct.3  Sumatra  Up to 4,000 buried in quake rubble Oct.7   Melanesia Tsunami warning in south Pacific Oct.8  Philippines  Landslides kill more than 120 Oct.10   Philippines Days of flooding, landslides kill 186  Tropical depression Parma, known locally as Pepeng, dumped as much as 36 inches of rain. Another 93 people have been injured Oct.22  North Korea  N Korea food shortage 'desperate' Oct.31  Philippines  Fourth typhoon in month hits Philippines Nov.22   Sumatra 29 dead as ferry sinks Dec.16   Philippines 30,000 flee volcano Dec.23  Manila  27 missing after boats collide Dec.26   Aceh Fifth anniversary of tsunami marked



East Asia, 2009 Business Timeline ... See World Business timeline Top ^
2009 Jan.21  China  Death penalty over contaminated milk Feb.15  Japan  Japan's economy in quarterly dive Feb.18  Taiwan  Taiwan economy slumps into recession Feb.26  Japan  Japan's industrial output plunges Mar.4   Beijing Economy tops China's congress meeting  At the National People's Congress Premier Wen Jiabao pledging economic growth amid a growing national deficit and the global financial crisi... Mar.5  South Korea  S Korea diverts jets over threats Mar.25  China  YouTube blocked in China May.19   Japan Japan's economy in record plunge
Jun.4  Thailand  Kung Fu star Carradine found dead Aug.16   Japan Japan's economy leaves recession Sep.23  Thailand  HIV/Aids trial offer vaccine hope Nov.17   Beijing Trade focus for Obama talks



East Asia, 2009 Crime Timeline ... See World Crime timeline Top ^
2009 Jan.21  China  Death penalty over contaminated milk Feb.16   Cambodia First Khmer Rouge trial to begin
Apr.23   North Korea US women 'face North Korea trial' May.7  Malaysia  Terrorism suspect arrested Jun.7   North Korea Reporters get 12-year terms in N. Korea  Two U.S. journalists who were detained in North Korea while covering the plight of defectors have been sentenced to 12 years in labor camps Jul.16   Jakarta Deadly blasts hit Jakarta hotels
  Explosions tore through Ritz-Carlton and J.W. Marriott, two luxury hotels, killing at least eight people. The number of injured was in the 40s.    The Manchester United team was due to arrive in Indonesia and was booked to stay at the R...
Jul.18  Jakarta  Malaysian fugitive suspected in bombs Aug.4   North Korea   N. Korean leader pardons U.S. journalists
  President Kim Jong Il has pardoned and ordered the release of two U.S. journalists after Bill Clinton met with top North Korean officials
Aug.7   Indonesia Suspected terrorist Top killed
Aug.11  Indonesia  Sought-after militant not killed Sep.11   Taiwan Chen, wife sentenced to life  Former President Chen Shui-bian was convicted on corruption and money laundering charges, and was sentenced to life in prison Sep.16   Indonesia Top terror suspect killed in raid   Indonesian police stormed a suspected terrorist hideout in central Java. 3 others were arrested. Police found eight sacks of explosives Nov.24   Southern Philippines Death toll rises in massacre
  Bodies lie scattered in a rural field, some unearthed from a shallow grave hastily dug by the gunmen who seized the group of men and women
 Search teams had found a total of 46 bodies, and it was still unclear if there were more victims
Nov.30  Philippines  Murder charges filed over massacre Dec.12   Southern Philippines Islamic militants' raid frees 31 from jail Dec.24  China  Dissident sentenced to 11 years Dec.28  China  Mentally ill British man executed



East Asia, 2009 Politics Timeline ... See World Politics timeline Top ^
2009 Jan.29   North Korea North Korea tears up agreements
Feb.16   Japan Clinton visits Asia to send key message Feb.16  Japan  Finance minister to resign Feb.19  South Korea  Korean tensions brew as Clinton arrives Feb.21  Beijing  Clinton: Human rights 'cannot interfere' Mar.4   Beijing Economy tops China's congress meeting  At the National People's Congress Premier Wen Jiabao pledging economic growth amid a growing national deficit and the global financial crisi... Mar.9  North Korea  N. Kor. Warns against satellite interception Mar.25  China  YouTube blocked in China Apr.1  Malaysia  Prime minister resigns Apr.2  North Korea  N. Korea warns against targeting rocket Apr.10   Thailand Thai protests disrupt Asian summit
  Political demonstrations in Thailand disrupted the Association of South East Asian Nations summit
Apr.12   Thailand Troops crack down on protest Apr.13   Thailand Protests 'under control' Apr.13  North Korea  N Korea to boycott nuclear talks Apr.17  Thailand  PM: Emergency powers to stay in place Apr.23   North Korea US women 'face North Korea trial' May.22   South Korea Ex-S Korea leader 'kills himself'
  Roh Moo-hyun , 62, had been under investigation for alleged corruption, has apparently committed suicide by jumping into a ravine.    He was mountain climbing near his home and had left a brief suicide note and had left a brief suicide not...
May.26   North Korea N Korea threatens military action  North Korea has warned of a military response after S. Korea joined an anti-proliferation exercise which allow it to search the North's ship... May.29  South Korea  Koreans turn out in force for Roh Jun.1  North Korea  N Korea 'names Kim's successor' Jun.4   Hong Kong Hong Kong holds Tiananmen vigil Jun.7   North Korea Reporters get 12-year terms in N. Korea  Two U.S. journalists who were detained in North Korea while covering the plight of defectors have been sentenced to 12 years in labor camps Jul.8  North Korea  Kim Jong Il frail at father's memorial Jul.19   China Police killed 12 in Uyghur riots Jul.20  Japan  PM dissolves parliament Jul.31   Philippines Corazon Aquino dies  Former President had been suffering from colon cancer for more than a year and recently announced she was refusing further treatment Aug.4   North Korea Bill Clinton meets with N. Korea leader Aug.4   North Korea   N. Korean leader pardons U.S. journalists
  President Kim Jong Il has pardoned and ordered the release of two U.S. journalists after Bill Clinton met with top North Korean officials
Aug.4  North Korea  Two freed US reporters head home Aug.17   South Korea Former S Korea President Kim dies Aug.22   South Korea S Korean head meets North envoys Aug.26  Taiwan  Dalai Lama to visit typhoon-hit Taiwan Aug.28  South Korea  Koreas reach deal to reunite families Aug.30   Taiwan   Dalai Lama arrives in Taiwan
  The Dalai Lama arrived on a visit that will include prayers for victims of Typhoon Morakot, but which has raised the ire of neighboring China
Aug.30   Japan   Opposition set for victory   Prime Minister Taro Aso announced his resignation as head of the party that has governed for decades following its landslide defeat in elect... Sep.11   Taiwan Chen, wife sentenced to life  Former President Chen Shui-bian was convicted on corruption and money laundering charges, and was sentenced to life in prison Sep.15   Japan Hatoyama takes over as PM
  Parliament has formally confirmed Yukio Hatoyama as the prime minister. His Democratic Party of Japan won a huge poll victory last month
 PM Yukio Hatoyama has promised economic revival and strong US ties, vowed to deliver a 'people-oriented society' His Democratic Party of Japan won a huge poll victory, ending 50 years of almost unbroken Liberal Democratic Party rule
Sep.30  Beijing  China marks Communist anniversary Oct.9  Beijing  Nations urge early N Korea talks Nov.14  Singapore  Apec leaders in climate warning Nov.17   Beijing Trade focus for Obama talks Dec.24  China  Dissident sentenced to 11 years Dec.26   Aceh Fifth anniversary of tsunami marked