Earthquakes

Death toll to rise to “THOUSANDS” after Indonesia’s geophysics agency sensors missed tsunami allowing hundreds back onto the beach

Indonesia’s geophysics agency lifted a tsunami warning 34 minutes after it was first issued following a major earthquake that sent huge waves crashing into the northeastern coast of Sulawesi island, killing almost a thousand and leaving thousands more homeless. Hundreds of people, around 1,000, had gathered for a festival on the beach in Palu on Friday when waves as high as six metres (18 feet) smashed onshore at dusk, sweeping most to their death. The geophysics agency (BMKG) faced criticism on Saturday on social media, with many questioning if the tsunami warning was lifted too soon. At least 832 people have been killed with many more still missing after the 7.5-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami rocked the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday, the country’s disaster agency confirmed Sunday. They added that the affected area is much larger than previously thought……Read More