Earthquake 7.7 Richter Scale hits Indonesia + tsunami following after [Update: 1200+ death toll]

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/...mi-air-traffic-controller-death-a8561226.html

An air traffic controller was hailed a hero after he sacrificed his own life to ensure a passenger plane carrying dozens of people safely took off during an earthquake in Indonesia. As his colleagues fled the Mutiara SIS Al-Jufrie airport, near Palu, in Central Sulawesi, 21-year-old Anthonius Gunawan Agung held his ground as the 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck. He had just cleared Batik Air flight 6231 for takeoff as the ground started to shake, but instead of running for safety he waited until the plane was airborne before finally leaving the air traffic control tower.
Trapped as he attempted to flee, Mr Agung was forced to jump from the fourth storey of the tower as the tremors grew stronger. He suffered a broken leg and internal injuries and although he was taken to hospital, he died while waiting for a helicopter to take him to a different hospital for specialist care. Air Navigation Indonesia spokesman Yohannes Sirait said Mr Agung’ decision to stay behind cost him his life, but he may have saved everyone on board the plane as the city was later ravaged by a tsunami.
Damn.
 
What a horrible event.

I'll be going to Manado (more precisely a resort near Manado) next Thursday. While still quite a distance away from Palu its still a bit too close for comfort.
I also got so many texts from friends and family after I had to tell them what and where Sulawesi is before leaving.
 
What a horrible event.

I'll be going to Manado (more precisely a resort near Manado) next Thursday. While still quite a distance away from Palu its still a bit too close for comfort.
I also got so many texts from friends and family after I had to tell them what and where Sulawesi is before leaving.
Diving in Bunaken?
 
Up to 832 now... afraid it will rise even further
Yeah
https://apnews.com/0900bf88f9494bca...unami-toll-tops-800-amid-search-for-survivors

The country’s disaster agency said the death toll more than doubled to 832, and nearly all of those were from the hard-hit city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi. The regencies of Donggala, Sigi and Parigi Moutong — with combined populations of 1.2 million — had yet to be fully assessed.

“The death toll is believed to be still increasing since many bodies were still under the wreckage, while many have not been reached,” said agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.
Bodies covered in blue and yellow tarps lined the streets of Palu, while rescuers dug through rubble in the hopes of finding survivors from the twin disasters that struck Friday evening. There was particular focus on the eight-story Roa-Roa Hotel, where voices from underneath the rubble could be heard calling out for help on Saturday.

The cries from beneath the hotel, which appeared to have toppled over with its walls splintered like pickup sticks, had gone silent by Sunday afternoon. Officials had estimated some 50 people could be inside.
Nugroho said 61 foreigners were in Palu at the time of the disaster. Most of them had been accounted for, but one South Korean was believed to be trapped in the ruins of the Roa-Roa Hotel, while three others from France and one from Malaysia were missing.
 
Stay safe, fellow Indonesia-ERA. I live in Palembang, which is in Sumatra on the other side of the country.

If you or someone you know is going to Indonesia, as long as they're not going to the central Sulawesi area, I'm pretty sure you'll be OK.
 
The title isn't very sensational, the board members are mostly westerners, and not many people have been to Indonesia or know anything about it.

Just get a mod to add "800+ dead" or something in the title if you want more people to post about it. Unless you're talking about news outlets then I dunno I've seen it posted a bit.
 
The title isn't very sensational, the board members are mostly westerners, and not many people have been to Indonesia or know anything about it.

Just get a mod to add "800+ dead" or something in the title if you want more people to post about it. Unless you're talking about news outlets then I dunno I've seen it posted a bit.
The thread title was based on the verified information at the time.

I am not in the business in sensationalising serious news articles here just so you can pay attention. It shouldn’t take that to gain attention, especially in a region that experienced the Boxing Day Tsunami not long ago. I find such practice disrespect to those who have suffered.
 
The thread title was based on the verified information at the time.

I am not in the business in sensationalising serious news articles here just so you can pay attention. It shouldn’t take that to gain attention, especially in a region that experienced the Boxing Day Tsunami not long ago. I find such practice disrespect to those who have suffered.
Not critiquing you (you can get a mod to change the title if you report the thread though) just saying it will influence the attention people pay to events like this. Probably some amount of natural disasters occur globally each day with news coverage probably directly related to death toll.
 
Jesus, that is awful, and that video is terrifying as well. I'd imagine I'd be paralyzed with fear in that situation.

That air traffic controller was an absolute hero. RIP.
 
Holy shit those photos look much worse that I thought, and that video... seems like it's showing the tsunami? ugh I fear the death toll is gonna reach tens of thousands :(
I think that's just the effect from the ground moving tbh. I don't know if it's a pond/river or ground water but there's definitely some liquefaction going on there with the amount of movement. It's probably one of those places where the topsoil is like 20ft deep too so that doesn't help. That is one of the scariest earthquake videos I have ever seen.
 
This video is unreal...

Jesus... I have never seen anything like that. I'm aware of and have read about liquefaction but I don't think I ever saw it like that. I can't imagine what people are thinking as that is going around them

if that was a movie it would be the scene where Godzilla or some ancient god comes up from underground.
 
I think that's just the effect from the ground moving tbh. I don't know if it's a pond/river or ground water but there's definitely some liquefaction going on there with the amount of movement. It's probably one of those places where the topsoil is like 20ft deep too so that doesn't help. That is one of the scariest earthquake videos I have ever seen.
It's like watching 2012 the film >_<

Anyway here's a link to BBC overview of the disaster,

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45697553
 
Wait so that wasn’t the tsunami? That was just the earthquake’s rumble moving things around, like when things on top of a table shifts from the vibration? In this case the ground is the table.

That’s terrifying!
 
Wait so that wasn’t the tsunami? That was just the earthquake’s rumble moving things around, like when things on top of a table shifts from the vibration? In this case the ground is the table.

That’s terrifying!
Yes, that was just the earthquake itself. The ground there is likely very moisture rich and fertile causing everything to float on the surface. It's too fast to be the tsunami at the end unless that is literally near the ocean at almost the exact epicentre of the quake.
 
Wait so that wasn’t the tsunami? That was just the earthquake’s rumble moving things around, like when things on top of a table shifts from the vibration? In this case the ground is the table.

That’s terrifying!
Yeah, strong earthquakes are known to cause some sort of liquefaction, and it gets worse with more moisture in the soil.

A brief animation on this phenomena:
 
The title isn't very sensational, the board members are mostly westerners, and not many people have been to Indonesia or know anything about it.

Just get a mod to add "800+ dead" or something in the title if you want more people to post about it. Unless you're talking about news outlets then I dunno I've seen it posted a bit.
Yea, it’s about it not being western centric than anything. If the country “Indonesia” was replaced with the state “Hawaii”...same exact subject wording everywhere else... this thread would be 100-200 pages right now instead of 3.

I guess that’s....normal behavior?

Been reading a lot of the stories coming out of there during this, really heartbreaking. I hope the country and it’s people can recover adequately :/
 
This is horrific. I can’t believe I’m just now seeing this news. Watching the videos I can’t even imagine the fear you feel in those moments. I hope they get all the international aid they need. This is truly tragic. So many deaths...
 
Just posting to say that I care, but man, there are no words. It’s just horrifying. I agree the title should be changed though as it doesn’t reflect the severity of the tragedy.
 
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