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Scenes of destruction and suffering in Indonesia

Updated : October 01, 2018 12:38 PM IST

The powerful earthquake and tsunami that struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi left heart-wrenching scenes of destruction and human suffering.

The toll of more than 800 dead is largely from the city of Palu and is expected to rise as areas cut off by the damage are reached. The regencies of Donggala, Sigi and Parigi Moutong — with a combined population of 1.2 million — have yet to be fully assessed.

The magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck at dusk Friday and spawned a tsunami said to have been as high as 6 meters (20 feet) in places.

It was the latest natural disaster to hit Indonesia, which is frequently struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis because of its location on the "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. In December 2004, a massive magnitude 9.1 earthquake off Sumatra island in western Indonesia triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries. More recently, a powerful quake on the island of Lombok killed 505 people in August.

Looters carry away items from a shopping mall badly damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
Looters carry away items from a shopping mall badly damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
People queue for gasoline following a massive earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
People queue for gasoline following a massive earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
Rescuers carry a survivor rescued from a restaurant building damaged by a massive earthquake and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
Rescuers carry a survivor rescued from a restaurant building damaged by a massive earthquake and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
Rescuers carry an earthquake survivor at restaurant building damaged by a massive earthquake and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
Rescuers carry an earthquake survivor at restaurant building damaged by a massive earthquake and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
A rescuer inspects the damage of Roa-Roa Hotel following a massive earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
A rescuer inspects the damage of Roa-Roa Hotel following a massive earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
Villagers carry the body of a victim following earthquakes and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Arimacs Wilander, File)
Villagers carry the body of a victim following earthquakes and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Arimacs Wilander, File)
Rescuers try to rescue a 15-year old earthquake victim Nurul Istikharah from flood water in her damaged house following earthquakes and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Arimacs Wilander, File)
Rescuers try to rescue a 15-year old earthquake victim Nurul Istikharah from flood water in her damaged house following earthquakes and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Arimacs Wilander, File)
Indonesian President Joko Widodo walks through the damaged area following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (Agus Suparto/Indonesian Presidential Office via AP, File)
Indonesian President Joko Widodo walks through the damaged area following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (Agus Suparto/Indonesian Presidential Office via AP, File)
People survey outside the flooded shopping mall which was damaged following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
People survey outside the flooded shopping mall which was damaged following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
A man carries the body of a child who was killed in the tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Rifki, FIle)
A man carries the body of a child who was killed in the tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Rifki, FIle)
Villagers view a ship swept ashore by a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Rio Mario, File)
Villagers view a ship swept ashore by a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Rio Mario, File)
A damaged shopping mall sits in flood water following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
A damaged shopping mall sits in flood water following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
People survey the mosque damaged in a massive earthquake and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
People survey the mosque damaged in a massive earthquake and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
A man walks inside a shopping mall which was damaged following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
A man walks inside a shopping mall which was damaged following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
People survey inside a shopping mall damaged following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
People survey inside a shopping mall damaged following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
People survey the damage of a shopping mall following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
People survey the damage of a shopping mall following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
Workers carry goods from their shop at a shopping mall damaged by a massive earthquake and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
Workers carry goods from their shop at a shopping mall damaged by a massive earthquake and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sunday, September 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
Published : October 01, 2018 12:38 PM IST
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