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Tsunami in Indonesia: A Hit After Massive Earthquake in Sulawesi

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Information from Meteorology and Geophysics agency trough BMKG App

YOEXPLORE.co.id- Quoted from Kompas.com, an earthquake hit Palu and Donggala, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on 28 September 2018 at 17.02 local time. The 7.7 magnitude earthquake was followed by numerous strong aftershocks. Latest news also confirmed that Tsunami of 1.5 – 3 m of height hit certain places in Palu. This is the third tsunami in Indonesia after the biggest tsunami that happened in Aceh in 2004.  The cause of tsunami in Indonesia is its position in the “Ring of Fire” area. The ring of fire itself is a range of volcanoes and fault in the Pacific Basin. The trigger of the earthquake causing the tsunami in Palu is the movement of Palu-Koro fault.

Before the big earthquake that triggered the tsunami, there was an earthquake that happened about half an hour before. The 6,1 magnitude earthquake centered in central Sulawesi, killed and injured several people, and damaged dozen houses. The 7,7 magnitude then happened and trigger the tsunami in Palu, Donggala, and several coastal villages around the area. The tsunami was up to 10 feet and there was a ship that swept ashore as reported by CBS. Until this morning, there are still aftershocks that happens in Palu and surrounding area. The official agency has not given any statement about the number of the victims.

We send our prayers and thoughts for our brothers and sisters who live in Sulawesi. Deep condolences also offered for those who lost their family members during the disaster. We hope that the help and support will arrive soon to assist the victims, and the recovery will be fast in Sulawesi and life would be normal soon.

Surviving a Tsunami in Indonesia: a Simple Guide

Surviving a tsunami in Indonesia or anywhere in the world is not only about what you do after the earthquake attack and tsunami warning released. It began from the time you arrive in your vacation place. The first thing that you should do is to know the area. Please observe your place and looking for the tsunami evacuation route sign. The sign is usually visible in the roadside or strategic places. We all do not want to face a disaster during our stay, but being cautious is one of the basic rules to survive.

If there is a big earthquake, you have to protect your self and don’t panic. Please remember that if you do not survive during the earthquake, you will not survive the tsunami.   After the earthquake end, make sure to look at these sign after the quake: water recession and a loud roar. if you observe this two sign, please be ready to evacuate yourself to the higher ground. The sooner you go, the better. Please bear in mind that you should save your life and not to save your belongings.

The tsunami is a series of waves, so please stay for a while in the evacuation ground. Do not rush yourself to leave the evacuation ground before the tsunami warning has ended. Remember that even though the first tsunami is done, there might be other waves that could come. The first wave is not necessarily the biggest wave. If you are unable to reach the safe place and trapped in the water, make sure that you can grab something that can float you, so you can be spotted by the rescuer after the tsunami.

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Ketut Cakra

Ketut Cakra

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