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String of 5 Natural Disasters Recently Hit Indonesia
A 500 ton ship is seen stranded between houses because of the tsunami and 7.4 magnitude earthquake that hit Donggala, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia on Friday, September 28, 2018. ANTARA
Thursday, 04 October, 2018 | 21:38 WIB
String of 5 Natural Disasters Recently Hit Indonesia

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesia sits on the Pacific ring of fire which has shown an increased amount of activities in recent days. The following are a string of five natural disasters that struck Indonesian regions recently.

1. Earthquake and Tsunami Struck Palu and Donggala 

The damage after an earthquake is seen in Palu, Central Sulawesi Province, Indonesia September 29, 2018 in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. The toll from an earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia soared to 832 confirmed dead on Sunday, with authorities fearing the numbers will climb as rescuers grappled to get aid to outlying communities cut off from communications and help. DRONE PILOT TEZAR KODONGAN/via REUTERS

A magnitude 7.4 tectonic earthquake shook the region of Central Sulawesi and caused major damages in Palu and Donggala on Friday, September 28. The earthquake was followed by a tsunami that wiped the coastline areas in Palu’s Talise Beach and Donggala which killed at least 1,424 people.

2. Magnitude 6.3 and 5.3 Earthquakes Hit East Sumba

Earthquake illustration. TEMPO/Prima Mulia

The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported a string of earthquakes struck the region of East Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, on October 2. The earthquake’s shallow hypocenter was at the depth of 10 kilometers. 

3. Mount Anak Krakatoa Eruption

Lava streams down from Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatoa) volcano during an eruption as seen from Rakata island in Lampung province, July 19, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

The mountain that is located at Sunda Straight, South Lampung, first surfaced in 1927 after the frighteningly devastating eruption of its “mother” Mount Krakatoa in 1883. This mountain steadily spewed ash and produced tremors since August and recently spewed lava.

4. Mount Soputan Eruption

Mount Soputan spews lava and volcanic ashes on January 5, 2016. ANTARA/Adwit B Pramono

The mountain located in North Sulawesi first erupted on Wednesday, October 3, and spewed 4,000-meter high volcanic ash cloud. The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) highly suspects that the Central Sulawesi earthquake had sparked Soputan to erupt. 

5. Mount Gamalama Eruption 

Sriwijaya Air covered with volcanic ashes from Mount Gamalama eruption. TEMPO/Budhy Nurgianto

PVMBG reported that North Maluku’s Mount Gamalama erupted and produced a 250-meter high ash cloud on Thursday, October 4. Local government announced that the mountain’s status is on Alert Level II. 


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