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President Joko Widodo visited Palu on Sunday (Sep 30) to assess the impact of the earthquake and tsunami. (Image credit: Cabinet Secretary)

Earthquake and tsunami kills 832 people in Palu & Donggala

JAKARTA ( – A massive earthquake, which was followed by 5-7 meters tsunami late Friday (Sep 28) has caused devastated impact in Palu, Donggala and Sigi on the Sulawesi Island.

According to the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) on Sunday (Sep 30), as many as 832 people have been killed, hundreds were seriously injured and many are still lost, with possibility of burred under the rubles.

As of 20.00 Western Indonesian Time on Sep 30, 832 have been confirmed killed, consisting of 821 people in Palu and 11 people in Donggala. As many as 540 suffered serious injuries and 16,732 people are being evacuated and currently living in emergency tents.

The earthquake and tsunami that hit Palu and Donggala appears to be the biggest since giant earthquake and tsunami that hit Aceh and surrounding areas on Dec. 26, 2004.

The spokesperson of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said those that have been killed will be burried in mass grave immediately for health considerations.

BNPB said the Central Sulawesi Governor Longki Djanggola has declared the emergency period to last for 14 days (until Oct. 11) to allow rescue efforts deal with the tragedy.

On Sunday (Sep 30), President Joko Widodo headed from Solo to Palu via Makassar. From Makassar, Joko Widodo flew with military aircraft because the Palu Airport has been damaged and can only be used partly.

Soil Liquefaction
The devastated earthquake in Palu and Donggala does not only caused tsunami but also soil liquifaction, which sucked houses beneath the earth, as seen in Petobo, Biromaru in Sigi, Dewi Sartika road in South Palu and Sidera in Sigi.

President Joko Widodo visited several places that have been severely damaged by the earthquake and tsunami. He also called on the electricity and telecom companies to recover the power and telecom access to help smooth the rescue efforts.

A powerful earthquake with magnitude 7.7 strength which was later updated by the Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency: BMKG (BMKG) to a magnitude of 7.4 has hit the territory of Palu and Donggala, Central Sulawesi on late Friday (Sep. 28) at 17.02 WIB or 18.02 local time.

The epicenter of the earthquake was 10 km on 27 km east of the Donggala Sea, Central Sulawesi. BMKG immediately activated tsunami early warning with Alert status (high potential tsunami 0.5 – 3 meters) on the western Donggala coast, and Waspada status (tsunami potential height of less than 0.5 meters) on northern Donggala coast, northern Mamuju and West Palu City. BMKG has ended tsunami early warning at 17.36 WIB. (*)

Written by Staff Writer

Edited by Roffie Kurniawan (


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