Aftermath of Disastrous Earthquake in Indonesia

Margot Edinger, Reporter

An earthquake with a 7.5 magnitude has struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi at 5 p.m. on September 28. The tremors triggered a devastating tsunami with waves up to 3 meters (10 feet) high that swept the coast, with the bulk of the destruction in the city of Palu.

Indonesia is particularly prone to earthquakes and tsunamis due to its location on the “Ring of Fire,” a chain of volcanoes and sites of seismic activity outlining the Pacific Ocean.

Authorities are conducting the temporary mass-burials of 800 dead and counting. The burials will prevent the spread of disease under the hot Indonesian sun. It has been reported that proper funerals will be conducted in the future.


Survivors prove to be shaken by the frequent aftershocks, with many running and screaming “Tsunami!”. Despite the work of the Indonesian Red Cross and other aid organizations, relief has been arriving slower than hoped due to the destruction of major roadways, many of which are located in dangerous landslide-prone areas. Mutiara Sis Al Jufri Airport in Palu likewise suffered severe damage and was closed for 24 hours after the tsunami until it re-opened for selective flights.

Many panicked Indonesians have taken survival into their own hands and entered stores, leaving laden with necessities such as food, clean water, and clothing.