Two days after a magnitude 7.5 earthquake hit Palu Indonesia, rescue workers continued a desperate search for survivors. The powerful earthquake triggered the tsunami and killed more than 400 people.
Last Friday, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the country of Indonesia, triggering waves as much as 7ft high, smashed into buildings and swept away homes in the coastal city of Palu, home to 350,000 people. Many locals were rushing to higher establishments to escape the churning walls of water quickly rummages and weaves itself harshly through Palu.
One netizen named Wheny Olivia captured a video footage that shows from the top floor of a parking area in Palu. Screams and panic could be heard across the building which is about fifty miles from the epicenter of the earthquake. Everyone tried to run further away from the powerful waves and spare themselves.
Dwikorita Karnawati, head of Indonesia’s meteorology and geophysics stated:
“The situation is chaotic, people are running on the streets and buildings collapsed. There is a ship washed ashore.”
As of today, Sutopo Purwo Nugroh, spokesman of Indonesian Disaster Management Agency released a statement putting the casualties at 405, based on the number of bodies that had been recovered and 400 were also badly injured.
Sutopo also said that the electricity and communications have been cut off, making it difficult to assess the damage in Palu and nearby fishing community of Donggala.
Jan Gelfand, head of the International Red Cross in Indonesia, told CNN:
“It is not just the people in the large urban areas. There are a lot of people also living in remote communities who are hard to reach.”
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the horrifying scene started Friday when the first in a series of tremors were felt at 3 p.m. (3 a.m. ET) 35 miles (56 km) north of Palu. The three quakes of 4.9 and larger magnitudes were recorded up to three hours before the tremor near Palu.
There were series of aftershock in the aftermath of the quake, including a 5.8 magnitude tremor just 12 minutes later. The Indonesian meteorological agency released an early tsunami warning but the agency later ascertained that the water had subsided.
Apparently, the nation takes extra measures in making their citizens safe. The least that we can do for them is to send the resilient men of Palu heartfelt and sincere prayers. We hope that Indonesia will remain strong and get through this just like what we always do after tragic circumstances. Indonesia, stand and rise again!
Watch the video as magnitude 7.5 earthquake hit Palu, Indonesia below:
Pray for Palu… Sulawesi 🇮🇩 😭🙏God protects Indonesia …. Tsunami pasca gempa.. (katanya…. smoga ga bnr)
Posted by Wheny Olivia on Friday, September 28, 2018