Indonesia Tsunami Devastation, 10ft Wave, Hundred Dead

The devastating impact of a huge tsunami in the Indonesian city of Palu has been revealed.

The tsunami, which was triggered after a magnitude-7.5 earthquake, ripped through the Pacific Ring of Fire and crashed into the Palu at 500mph, causing widespread destruction.

Indonesian media, citing the national disaster agency, said Saturday that a further 540 people were injured in Palu City alone, on the the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

Fears are mounting for the the fishing town of Donggala, which was closer to the epicenter of the quake, but which rescuers have not been able to reach. The town of Mamuju was also severely affected but currently impossible to access due to damaged roads and disrupted telecommunications.

Meanwhile criticisms have been leveled at the county’s geophysics agency for lifting the tsunami warning 34 minutes after it was first issued, which may have led to confusion and exacerbated the death toll.

Many of those killed in Palu were swept away by giant waves more than 10ft high as they played on the beach in the scenic tourist town. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency warned early on of reports showing that 'victims died in the rubble of a collapsed building'

Bodies lined the streets of Palu on Saturday as the coastal city started the massive clean up operations and medics attended to its injured people 

Pau city is built around a narrow bay that apparently magnified the force of the tsunami waters as they raced into the tight inlet

Residents salvage belongings from the rubble on Saturday as hospitals struggled to cope with hundreds of injured and rescuers scrambled to reach the stricken region

 

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