Photos: The Devastating Damage from Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami
On Friday (Sept. 28), a 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit near Sulawesi, Indonesia. A tsunami with waves as tall as 18 feet (5.5 meters) followed shortly after. Disaster response officials announced Oct. 2 that the death toll was over 1,200. The earthquake and tsunami crushed and damaged many houses and vehicles like these ones photographed on Oct. 1 in the city of Palu. This coastal city in Central Sulawesi was hit the worst.
Earthquake survivors ride by a boat in Palu, Indonesia, on Oct. 1.
Search for food
An earthquake victim searches for usable items next to a collapsed mosque in Palu. Following the disaster, many desperate survivors also looted shops for food and water.
A few days after the disaster, a motorcyclist photographs a damaged road in the Petobo village in Palu.
The tsunami and earthquake damaged homes, hospitals, hotels, shopping centers and bridges — like this one in Palu.
Following the disaster, a bridge lies collapsed in Palu. Damage to bridges and and roads have made it difficult to bring aid to survivors.
People walk near a damaged road in the Balaroa village in Palu.
A survivor in Palu looks at the debris that resulted from the disaster.
This aerial photo taken on Sept. 30, shows a collapsed 10-story hotel in Palu.
The Mutiara Sis Al Jufri airport in Palu was damaged by the tsunami and earthquake and remains partially closed.
Debris in Palu can be seen spread out across the coast.
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By Robert Lea