The devastating damage from Indonesia earthquake and tsunami

Damaged buildings

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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.

Quiet aftermath

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Earthquake survivors ride by a boat in Palu, Indonesia, on Oct. 1.

Search for food

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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.

Damaged roads

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A few days after the disaster, a motorcyclist photographs a damaged road in the Petobo village in Palu.

Collapsed bridges

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The tsunami and earthquake damaged homes, hospitals, hotels, shopping centers and bridges — like this one in Palu.

Collapsed bridges

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Following the disaster, a bridge lies collapsed in Palu. Damage to bridges and and roads have made it difficult to bring aid to survivors.

Damaged roads

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People walk near a damaged road in the Balaroa village in Palu.


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A survivor in Palu looks at the debris that resulted from the disaster.

Collapsed hotel

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This aerial photo taken on Sept. 30, shows a collapsed 10-story hotel in Palu.

Hindered Transportation

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The Mutiara Sis Al Jufri airport in Palu was damaged by the tsunami and earthquake and remains partially closed.

Coastal debris

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Debris in Palu can be seen spread out across the coast.


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