3 dead as quake hits Indonesia anew

14 October, 2018, 06:04 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • The 6.0 magnitude struck just off the popular holiday destination of Bali. Image USGSMore

However, the head of Indonesia's geophysics agency, Dwikorita Karnawati, was also in Nusa Dua for the International Monetary Fund summit and stated that no tsunami warning was issued. At least 616,000 people have been affected.

The agency said the official death toll had risen to 2,073 as of Thursday, with most of the fatalities in Palu. No one knows how many people are yet to be found in Palu's ruined neighbourhoods, but it could be as many as 5,000, the disaster agency said.

He said the region had recorded 508 aftershocks since the magnitude 7.5 quake, which caused a giant wall of water that destroyed large swaths of land in Palu and surrounding areas.

While the official search will end, Nugroho said authorities will not stop villagers from continuing to dig through the ruins for their loved ones.

Indonesia sits in the world's most tectonically active region, and its 260 million people are vulnerable to earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. It lost 150,000 citizens in Banda Aceh when the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami hit in 2004.

Java, which lies between Sumatra and Bali and is the 13th largest island in the world at almost 140,000km², has a population of 145 million and is home to more than half (56.7 percent) of the country's residents.

Miles (kilometers) of coastline were trashed by the tsunami that followed the September 28 quake, with houses swept off their foundations, trucks crumpled and numerous ships beached. "But this still needs verification", agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

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In case of tsunami risk, attendees would be evacuated to a nearby building.

Anwar Saing, 45, who sought refuge in a camp near the Darussalam Grand Mosque in western Palu, told BenarNews that his house was not badly damaged by the natural disaster.

Such data could be relayed via satellite and analyzed, and an alert is issued if required.

AUSTRALIANS holidaying in Bali have been woken by another terrifying natural disaster this morning.

'We just came here because the government of Indonesia asked for assistance, ' said Marcus Butler from South African charity Gift of the Givers, which was denied permission to help with the search. The commonest ones are traffic accidents, flooding, fire, building collapse and windstorms. "We are specifically concerned about women and children affected, and who so often suffer disproportionately during humanitarian emergencies".

"As long as they keep searching, I will be here every day looking for my son", said Rahman, who said he had lost three sons in the disaster.

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