Strong Aftershocks in Palu Jolt Indonesian Quake Survivors From Sleep

StoryfulWeatherPublished: October 9, 2018
Published: October 9, 2018

A series of aftershocks – the strongest was 5.2 magnitude – jolted the Indonesian city of Palu, in Central Sulawesi, on Tuesday morning, October 9, sending panicked residents to the streets. This CCTV video shows Palu residents sleeping outside being woken up by a tremor. “I was shocked, and I didn’t know which direction I should go,” Rezhaldy, who installed the CCTV video at his house and who is seen in the footage tripping in the bed netting in which he was sleeping, told Storyful. His friend Wawan Mappangile, who took refuge to sleep at Rezaldhy’s front yard, said they alarmed because “there were a couple of aftershocks”. A powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit Palu and the nearby districts of Donggala, Sigi and Parigi Moutong on September 28, and soil liquefaction wiped out several neighborhoods and villages in Palu and Sigi regency. From September 28 to the morning of October 8, a total of 494 aftershocks were recorded in Central Sulawesi, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB). By October 8, a total of 1,948 people were confirmed dead, while more than 2,500 were severely injured, Sutopo said. According to the official list, 835 people were missing, but there were also estimates the number could reach thousands, especially in areas of Petobo and Sigi. Credit: Rezaldhy via Storyful

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