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    Several member countries from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, also known as ASEAN, are conducting a three day natural disaster drill. Several countries in the group were unable to participate, though, because they're sending their forces to Japan to help with recovery efforts after the deadly earthquake.

    Indonesian Vice President Boediono opened an ASEAN regional forum three-day disaster drill on Tuesday.

    Vice President Boediono says the drill will help people in the region to be aware of potential risks.

    [Boediono, Indonesian Vice President]:
    "We have to increase our awareness in anticipating natural disasters that could happen at any moment."

    The forum is an Asia-Pacific dialogue focused on security, seeking to resolve conflicts peacefully.

    Japan is chairing the ASEAN Regional Forum Disaster Relief Exercise this year. 27 members of the group were scheduled to participate, but only 13 members took part.

    Navy ships from South Korea and the United States were pulled out to help Japan with the disaster relief operation after a massive quake and tsunami hit the country on Friday.

    The Indonesian archipelago stretches across a seismically active area known as the Pacific Ring of Fire and is prone to earthquakes and volcanoes.