What we know so far A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday at about 6pm and was followed by a tsunami with waves up to 6m high. The death toll from the earthquake and tsunami currently stands at 832, but is expected to rise sharply. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesperson for the disaster agency (BNBP) will be providing an official update at 1pm on Monday. Authorities have said the final death toll could reach the thousands as rescue teams push into the Donggala region, which was directly hit and is home to 300,000 people. In some of the smaller villages and subdistricts around Palu, it is feared entire communities of up to 2,000 people have been killed after mudslides submerged and crushed their homes. A 14-day state of emergency has been declared in Sulawesi. In Palu, authorities are preparing a large mass grave for the burial of the bodies which have been piling up over the weekend. The grave, which will be 10 metres by 100 metres, is being dug for … [Read more...] about Palu earthquake and tsunami: what we know so far
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The confirmed toll of 832 dead looked certain to rise as rescuers slowly reached devastated outlying communities hit on Friday by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami waves as high as six meters (20 feet). Dozens of people were reported to be trapped in the rubble of several hotels and a mall in the small city of Palu, 1,500 km (930 miles) northeast of Jakarta, with hundreds more feared buried in landslides that engulfed villages. President Joko Widodo told reporters in Jakarta getting those people out was a priority. “The evacuation is not finished yet, there are many places where the evacuation couldn’t be done because of the absence of heavy equipment, but last night equipment started to arrive in Palu,” Widodo said. “We’ll send as much food supplies as possible today with Hercules planes, directly from Jakarta, there are several,” he said, referring to C-130 military transport aircraft. The national search and rescue agency said one … [Read more...] about At least 832 people dead after Indonesian earthquake and tsunami, as government says it will accept international help
Up to 142 are feared dead, thousands more are injured and hundreds of foreign tourists are being evacuated from paradise beach resorts after a devastating earthquake in Indonesia. Pictures show the horrific aftermath of the 7.0-magnitude tremor which hit the island of Lombok at about 6.45pm local time on Sunday. Children are seen being treated inside makeshift hospitals as desperate locals clean up the shattered remains of their communities. Other photos show people lined up inside tents with bloodied bodies and broken limbs as they desperately await treatment for their injuries. There are reports that worshippers are still trapped under rubble after the quake hit while they were still in mosques around the island. Hundreds of foreign tourists have been waiting on beaches on neighbouring coral-fringed Gili islands islands waiting to be rescued while others are waiting for the first chance to fly home. Scroll down for video An injured quake victim waits for medical … [Read more...] about Horrific aftermath of Indonesian quake as death toll ‘climbs to 142’
ASTONISHING photos of tsunamis show seemingly gentle walls of water brushing shorelines. But footage from history's most horrific disasters show the waves attacking harbours,before destroying all forms of life in its path. Here's what we know... What is a tsunami? A tsunami, also called a seismic wave, is a series of waves caused by the movement of a large body of water. The term tsunami means 'big wave in the port' in Japanese - and it was coined by fishermen after they returned to shore to find their villages devastated by a giant wave they had not seen at sea. The killer waves can sometimes only be 30cm above the water surface when in the open ocean, so go unnoticed by sailors. But as it reaches shallower waters, the wave is slowed and the top of the wave moves faster than the bottom, causing the sea to dramatically rise Tsunamis can cause the sea levels to rise by as much as 30 metres, although they usually cause a rise averaging three metres. The enormous energy of a tsunami can … [Read more...] about What is a tsunami, how are the waves formed and which countries are affected the most?
THE Boxing Day tsunami claimed hundreds of thousands of lives on what should have been a day of celebration. Deemed one of the world's worst natural disasters, the killer waves destroyed all in its space over a space of 12 hours. Here's what we know... What happened during the Boxing Day tsunami? More than 200,000 died when an underwater earthquake set off the tsunami in the early hours of December 26 2004. At 00.59am GMT a 9.2 magnitude earthquake struck the western coast of Indonesia. It was the third largest to ever be recorded in Sumatra, unleashing a force said to be 1,5000 times greater than the Hiroshima bomb. The quake lasted around 10 minutes, and 15 minutes later the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued a tsunami warning. Around 30 minutes after the quake, a tsunami struck the northern tip of Indonesia, killing around 130,000 people. Its waves are said to have reached 20-30 metres.Which countries were affected and how many died? The tsunami struck Burma, Nicobar and Andaman … [Read more...] about Boxing Day tsunami 2004 – what happened, which countries were hit by the Indian Ocean earthquake and how many died?