Measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale, the popular tourist center of Yogyakarta was struck by a devastating earthquake. Homes and hotels throughout the area having been flattened leaving over 5000 people dead and many thousands more injured and homeless. The earthquake hit in the early morning hours on Saturday, May 27 and lasted nearly a minute according to some reports. Yogyakarta is located approximately 250 miles from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

At In The Know Traveler we are saddened by this event and our hearts go out to those effected by the earthquake. We want to wish the people of Indonesia a speedy recovery and restoration during this awful time.

We urge the world community to consider sending a charitable contribution through a reliable organization dedicated to aiding those in need like the American Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org/).

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