Warning: disturbing images, video footage.
Tidal wave. In Indonesia, a 10-foot high tsunami mercilessly hit the city of Palu like a sledgehammer. As the Daily Mail’s latest collection of aerial photographs and videos show, the aftermath looks as if Palu was a war zone.
The 7.5 earthquake which caused the wave was much smaller than the 9.0 monster that famously leveled Japan, but it was sufficient to produce a roaring ripple from the Ring Of Fire that arrived at a speed of 500 miles per hour.
The devastation is shocking as, so far 832 people have lost their lives and “a further 540 people were injured in Palu City alone,” which is located on the island of Sulawesi.
Worse still for rescuers, the town of Donggala is thought to have been even harder hit since it was closer than Palu, but so far, no one has been able to get to it.
Also, “Mamuju was also severely affected but currently impossible to access due to damaged roads and disrupted telecommunications.” This horribly unprepared response has reminded many conservatives of just how wrong they feel some members of the Democrat Party were when they condemned the response of the U.S. to the hurricane that pummelled Puerto Rico. This, they say, is what a bad job after a natural disaster looks like.
To underscore this fact, Indonesia’s geophysics agency came under severe attack “for lifting the tsunami warning 34 minutes after it was first issued.” This, the Mail has confirmed, was confusing to the people and the action led to many more people losing their lives needlessly.
It is surprising to some people, many who have seen Hollywood movies, that a wave “only” ten feet high can just wash large numbers of people out to sea, but that is the power of the ocean. Many people in tourist towns had virtually no hope of survival at all.
Adding to the horror was the fact that many people had flocked to the town for a massive celebration of Palu’s anniversary, on Friday night.
People underestimated the severity of the problem, too, and their sluggishness cost them their lives. “When the (tsunami) threat arose yesterday, people were still doing their activities on the beach and did not immediately run and they became victims,” lamented Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman of Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (B.N.P.B).
He also said that “some people climbed trees” when the wave hit, and they survived.
Photos released show stunned citizens, some walking around carrying dead children with equally lifeless looks on their faces
Seismic data has revealed that the “first earthquake was of 6.1 magnitude and hit Indonesia’s densely populated region on Friday morning.” After that, “even fiercer 7.5 magnitude tremors” were recorded, and that is what produced the “terrifying waves.”
The speed of the wave, it’s power, and the ensuing chaos were/are indescribable. It was even worse since Palu is “built around a narrow bay that apparently magnified the force of the tsunami waters as they raced into the tight inlet.”
Photo’s show hospitals with people being treated outside, with long lines. It didn’t help that shopping mall, hotels, and even hospitals were damaged in the wave. This, some experts also said, was the result of sub-par planning and preparation.
Making matters worse is the fact that a “bridge has crumbled away and the main highway to Palu has been cut due to a landslide.”
Also, video released by Twitter user i–kaa shows a wall of white water coming towards a parking deck where the person is standing.
So now, the government is saying that they handled things according to standard protocol, a system which many think seems to have obviously been faulty. “We have heard nothing from Donggala and this is extremely worrying,” stated Rahmat Triyono, head of the earthquakes and tsunami centre. “There are more than 300,000 people living there. This is already a tragedy, but it could get much worse.”
It has been established that about 600,000 souls live on both islands, in total.
As the facts come to light, so do a lot of questions, according to some experts. Why were helicopters not arriving in hard-hit areas within moments of the wave striking?
Why was the area not prepared and why were more structures of vital importance, like hospitals, unprepared, others have pondered. It isn’t as is this area doesn’t know about the threat of tidal waves, as history grimly shows.
@infoBMKG ini tsunami ??? katanya ngga tsunami. ini apa?
ini di Donggala , semua keluarga aku ada di gunung?
ini pas abis gempa ? pic.twitter.com/FY49eryJVe
— i—kaa? (@grintchim) September 28, 2018