Destruction in Indonesia

Indonesia Massive Earthquake.. Earthquake, dead, Collapse

Rescue teams are continuing to assess the scale of the destruction after a 7.5-magnitude earthquake and the resulting tsunami struck the large Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday, leaving more than 1,200 dead, thousands of buildings destroyed and over 61,000 people displaced.

The damage caused by the disaster was broader, though than what can be seen in a photograph. Images from the satellite company Planet, taken three days after the earthquake, show the wider effects of the disaster.

The images show sediment spilling out of Palu River and into the bay. You can also see the collapsed yellow bridge from the photos above lying over the mouth of the river in the “after” and “before” image below.

Bridge ..Before
After collision

Potential Wave Heights
Waves from the tsunami reached as high as 20 feet. A computer model by Andreas Schäfer, a geophysicist from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, showed the waves growing larger as they entered the bay. That model, however, may not show precise wave heights because it was developed using a different, though, similar fault.


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