Quake, Towering Tsunami Kill 832 in Palu Indonesia

Published October 1st, 2018 - 07:54 GMT

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At Least 832 people were confirmed dead but that figure is expected to increase sharply as more remote areas are reached. On the other hand, dozens of people are thought to be trapped alive under the rubble.

The tsunami, towering up to three meters high, hit Palu, capital of the Central Sulawesi province, and the northeast of the nearby Donggala Regency.

“We are trying our best. Time is so important here to save people,” said Muhammad Syaugi, head of the national search-and-rescue team. “Heavy equipment is on the way.” Continue reading below »

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An earthquake victim salvages useable items near a collapsed mosque in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 1, 2018. (JEWEL SAMAD / AFP)
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Image 1 of 12:  1 / 12An earthquake victim salvages useable items near a collapsed mosque in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 1, 2018. (JEWEL SAMAD / AFP)

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The standing remains of a mosque is seen amid waters from a tsunami surge in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami. (ADEK BERRY / AFP)
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Image 2 of 12:  2 / 12The standing remains of a mosque is seen amid waters from a tsunami surge in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami. (ADEK BERRY / AFP)

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Rescue personnel evacuate earthquake survivor Ida, a food vendor, from the rubble of a collapsed restaurant in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018. (BAY ISMOYO / AFP)
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Image 3 of 12:  3 / 12Rescue personnel evacuate earthquake survivor Ida, a food vendor, from the rubble of a collapsed restaurant in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018. (BAY ISMOYO / AFP)

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People salvage a motorcyle in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami.(ADEK BERRY / AFP)
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Image 4 of 12:  4 / 12People salvage a motorcyle in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami.(ADEK BERRY / AFP)

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People gather on the apron as they wait to be evacuated by military aircraft at the quake-damaged Mutiara Sis Al Jufri airport in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018. (ADEK BERRY / AFP)
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Image 5 of 12:  5 / 12People gather on the apron as they wait to be evacuated by military aircraft at the quake-damaged Mutiara Sis Al Jufri airport in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018. (ADEK BERRY / AFP)

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Death toll jumps to 832, with authorities fearing it will only climb. (Twitter)
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Image 6 of 12:  6 / 12Death toll jumps to 832, with authorities fearing it will only climb. (Twitter)

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Officials are afraid the tsunami may have caused many bodies to be swept into the sea.  (Twitter)
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Image 7 of 12:  7 / 12Officials are afraid the tsunami may have caused many bodies to be swept into the sea. (Twitter)

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People walk past dead bodies (blue cover) a day after an earthquake and a tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. (OLA GONDRONK / AFP)
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Image 8 of 12:  8 / 12People walk past dead bodies (blue cover) a day after an earthquake and a tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. (OLA GONDRONK / AFP)

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Indonesia earthquake, tsunami killed more than 800 people. (Twitter)
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Image 9 of 12:  9 / 12Indonesia earthquake, tsunami killed more than 800 people. (Twitter)

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Medical team members help patients outside a hospital after an earthquake and a tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. (MUHAMMAD RIFKI / AFP)
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Image 10 of 12:  10 / 12Medical team members help patients outside a hospital after an earthquake and a tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. (MUHAMMAD RIFKI / AFP)

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Residents gather to look at a collapsed building after an earthquake and tsunami hit Palu on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. (MUHAMMAD RIFKI / AFP)
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Image 11 of 12:  11 / 12Residents gather to look at a collapsed building after an earthquake and tsunami hit Palu on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. (MUHAMMAD RIFKI / AFP)

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A man carries the body of a child after an earthquake and tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. (MUHAMMAD RIFKI / AFP)
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Image 12 of 12:  12 / 12A man carries the body of a child after an earthquake and tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. (MUHAMMAD RIFKI / AFP)

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An earthquake victim salvages useable items near a collapsed mosque in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 1, 2018. (JEWEL SAMAD / AFP)

Image 1 of 12An earthquake victim salvages useable items near a collapsed mosque in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 1, 2018. (JEWEL SAMAD / AFP)

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The standing remains of a mosque is seen amid waters from a tsunami surge in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami. (ADEK BERRY / AFP)

Image 2 of 12The standing remains of a mosque is seen amid waters from a tsunami surge in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami. (ADEK BERRY / AFP)

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Rescue personnel evacuate earthquake survivor Ida, a food vendor, from the rubble of a collapsed restaurant in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018. (BAY ISMOYO / AFP)

Image 3 of 12Rescue personnel evacuate earthquake survivor Ida, a food vendor, from the rubble of a collapsed restaurant in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018. (BAY ISMOYO / AFP)

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People salvage a motorcyle in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami.(ADEK BERRY / AFP)

Image 4 of 12People salvage a motorcyle in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami.(ADEK BERRY / AFP)

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People gather on the apron as they wait to be evacuated by military aircraft at the quake-damaged Mutiara Sis Al Jufri airport in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018. (ADEK BERRY / AFP)

Image 5 of 12People gather on the apron as they wait to be evacuated by military aircraft at the quake-damaged Mutiara Sis Al Jufri airport in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018. (ADEK BERRY / AFP)

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Death toll jumps to 832, with authorities fearing it will only climb. (Twitter)

Image 6 of 12Death toll jumps to 832, with authorities fearing it will only climb. (Twitter)

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Officials are afraid the tsunami may have caused many bodies to be swept into the sea.  (Twitter)

Image 7 of 12Officials are afraid the tsunami may have caused many bodies to be swept into the sea. (Twitter)

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People walk past dead bodies (blue cover) a day after an earthquake and a tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. (OLA GONDRONK / AFP)

Image 8 of 12People walk past dead bodies (blue cover) a day after an earthquake and a tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. (OLA GONDRONK / AFP)

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Indonesia earthquake, tsunami killed more than 800 people. (Twitter)

Image 9 of 12Indonesia earthquake, tsunami killed more than 800 people. (Twitter)

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Medical team members help patients outside a hospital after an earthquake and a tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. (MUHAMMAD RIFKI / AFP)

Image 10 of 12Medical team members help patients outside a hospital after an earthquake and a tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. (MUHAMMAD RIFKI / AFP)

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Residents gather to look at a collapsed building after an earthquake and tsunami hit Palu on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. (MUHAMMAD RIFKI / AFP)

Image 11 of 12Residents gather to look at a collapsed building after an earthquake and tsunami hit Palu on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. (MUHAMMAD RIFKI / AFP)

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A man carries the body of a child after an earthquake and tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. (MUHAMMAD RIFKI / AFP)

Image 12 of 12A man carries the body of a child after an earthquake and tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. (MUHAMMAD RIFKI / AFP)

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