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Indonesia tsunami 2018
« on: October 02, 2018, 05:55:07 PM »
Indonesia tsunami: Death toll rises to nearly 1,350
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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45716915

The number of people known to have died in Indonesia in Friday's earthquake and tsunami has risen to 1,347, disaster response officials say.

The death toll jumped on Tuesday from a previously confirmed figure of 844.

The 7.5-magnitude quake struck just off the central island of Sulawesi, setting off a tsunami that engulfed the coastal city of Palu.

Police are guarding shops against looters as people desperately search for food, fuel and water.

Officers initially took a lenient approach to survivors seizing basic goods, deputy national police chief Ari Dono Sukmanto said, but some people have since been arrested for stealing computers and cash.

"After day two the food supply started to come in, it only needed to be distributed," he said. "We are now re-enforcing the law."

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The United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs says there are nearly 200,000 people in urgent need of assistance, about a quarter of them children.

The British government said on Tuesday it was sending a transport aircraft filled with urgent aid to Indonesia.

Defence secretary Gavin Williamson said: "Britain stands united with Indonesia as they recover from this devastating tragedy."

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Why was the disaster so bad?

The 7.5-magnitude quake occurred at a depth of 10km (6.2 miles) just off the central island of Sulawesi at 18:03 (10:03 GMT) on Friday, setting off a tsunami.

The earthquake was powerful but shallow and with more lateral than vertical movement, not typically the kind of tremor that sets off tsunamis.

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What was Palu like?

Bustling city with a population of approximately 350,000 people, with many banks and supermarkets

Situated in a rain shadow - where there is very little precipitation - and one of Indonesia's driest places

Near the popular beach area of Tanjung Karang

Served by a busy regional airport


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Re: Indonesia tsunami 2018
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2018, 09:05:43 PM »
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/02/what-caused-palu-indonesia-tsunami-and-could-lives-have-been-saved

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What early warning systems were in place and did they fail?

There have been claims that Indonesia’s meteorological and geophysics agency, BMKG, may have removed a tsunami warning too early, before the waves hit the coast of Palu, and was thus responsible for some of the loss of life. There have also been suggestions that buoys out to sea that detect earthquakes and tsunamis as part of the early warning system had not been serviced for six years and were faulty.

However, Cummins and Adam Switzer, the chairman of the Asian school of environment at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, were in agreement that the disaster was a failure not of technology but of education. Unlike the 2004 tsunami that devastated south Asia, this wave was not was prompted by an earthquake hundreds of miles out to sea. Instead it was a localised tsunami resulting from an earthquake close to the coast. It has been estimated that the tsunami waves hit Palu only 30 minutes after the quake. “For the people on the beach and in the city, the earthquake should have been the early warning,” Switzer said.

Cummins said: “The focus on the technological points of failure here is misguided because this was a localised tsunami. In that case you can’t rely on a warning system; people should seek high ground immediately. They cannot afford to wait for a siren or a warning, they need to move instantly. The problem is, from what I’ve seen from the footage, many people appear not to have done that.”

He added: “Either they didn’t know they needed to do that or they didn’t believe anything would happen, and in either case that says the people in Sulawesi were not educated about what they need to do in this situation. And that’s what killed people.”

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Re: Indonesia tsunami 2018
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2018, 09:08:55 PM »
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-offers-help-to-indonesia-hit-by-quake-tsunami-137375





https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/indonesian-tsunami-warning-system-delays-add-to-deaths/article25088714.ece

An aerial view shows on September 29, 2018 a bridge damaged by an earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.   | Photo Credit: REUTERS

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Re: Indonesia tsunami 2018
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2018, 09:31:38 PM »
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/indonesia-earthquake-tsunami-death-toll-rises-after-deadly-rescues-today/

A search and rescue team evacuates a victim from the ruins of the Roa-Roa Hotel in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia September 30, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.  Antara Foto/BNPB/ via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. - RC1A21E3CE50


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Re: Indonesia tsunami 2018
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2018, 09:52:04 PM »
Indonesia earthquake and tsunami: All the latest updates

Death toll in Indonesia's earthquake-tsunami disaster passes 1,900 as aid operations continue.
22 hours ago

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/indonesia-earthquake-tsunami-latest-updates-181003060041729.html

Relief and rescue operations continue in Indonesia after a massive earthquake and tsunami struck Sulawesi Island killing at least 1,948 people, according to the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management which raised the death toll on Monday.

More than 70,000 homes were destroyed or damaged by the magnitude 7.5 quake that struck on September 28, launching waves as high as six metres that slammed into Sulawesi at 800 km/h.

More than 2,500 people were injured and almost 75,000 displaced.

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