JAKARTA- Climate Change Indonesia. A catastrophic and devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Indonesia last Friday destroying the city of Palu and surrounding areas. The Government Officials toll the reporters so far they registered 384 people have been killed and the numbers are expecting to raise in the following days.
For the time being all communications system are damaged in the country, as a result, the relief officials efforts are not effective at one hundred percent so there not be able to process information correctly the rescue operation properly.
From now it is really hard to get any information from Donggala regency, an affected area in the north side of Palu which is the closest point the epicenter of the 7.5 magnitude quake.
A massive evacuation diligence has been operated In Palu, to help more than 16,000 people were evacuated to some safe place to avoid aftershock effects particularly in the place such as Donggala, on the island of Sulawesi.
Let me remind you that Palu is the capital of Central Sulawesi province, a highly populated area at the end of a narrow bay on the west coast of Sulawesi island, with an estimated population of 379,800 in 2017.
The city was celebrating its 40th anniversary which was a day off for workers, students and government officials and the earthquake after the Tsunami hit them during the festive moment, that made this Friday a very sad one.
Another city affected is Donggala, this site is a regency stretching along more than 300 km (180 miles) of coastline in the northwest of Sulawesi island. The Regency, an administrative region below a province, had an estimated population of 299,200 in 2017.
The Central Sulawesi where a fishing and farming area is badly hit also, which will have a huge economic impact on the population because this area is the economic backbone of the country. Because the Central Sulawesi this province is the pivot market economy, especially for trade between the coastal region of Donggala, the Nickel mining exploitation, and the commercial exchange rapport existing between this province and the show area in Morowali, on the opposite coast of Sulawesi.
This is not the first time Palu and Donggala have been hit by tsunamis several times in the past 100 years, according to Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency.
In 1938, a tsunami killed more than 200 people and destroyed hundreds of houses in Donggala. A tsunami also struck western Donggala in 1996, killing nine.
Indonesia is very delicate country sits on the dangerous seismically Pacific Ring of Fire a well known high-risk area and is regularly hit by earthquakes and tsunami combined.
Here are some of the devastating earthquakes and tsunamis that hit this region in the most recent years:
– 2004: A major quake on the western coast of Indonesia’s Aceh province in northern Sumatra on Dec. 26 triggered a tsunami that struck 14 countries, killing 226,000 people along Indian Ocean coastline, more than half of them in Aceh.
– 2005: A series of strong quakes hit the western coast of Sumatra in late March and early April. Hundreds died in Nias Island, off the coast of Sumatra.
– 2006: A 6.8 magnitude hit south of Java, Indonesia’s most populated island, triggering a tsunami that smashed into the southern coast, killing nearly 700 people.
– 2010: A 7.5 magnitude quake hit one of the Mentawai islands, off Sumatra, triggering up to a tsunami of up to 10 meters that destroyed dozens of villages and killed around 300 people.
– 2016: A shallow quake hit the Pidie Jaya regency in Aceh, causing destruction and panic as people were reminded by the devastation of the deadly 2004 quake and tsunami. No tsunami was triggered this time, but more than 100 were killed by fallen buildings.
– 2018: Major quakes hit Indonesia’s tourist island of Lombok, killing more than 500 people, mostly on the northern side of the island. The quake destroyed thousands of buildings and left thousands of tourists temporarily stranded.