Indonesia again struck by powerful earthquake triggering tsunami
On 28 September 2018, a shallow 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck 77 km (48 mi) away from the provincial capital Palu on the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi triggering a tsunami with an estimated maximum height of 4 to 7 metres (13 to 23 ft), sweeping shore-lying houses and buildings at Palu, a city with a growing tourist industry, Donggala, a fishing village and Mamuju along its path, it’s power accelerated by the water being forced through the narrow bay running into Palu.
Details are still unclear but the collective effects of the earthquake and tsunami have tragically led to the deaths of at least 1,347 people and injured a further 632 while displacing tens of thousands more. This makes it the deadliest earthquake to hit the country since the 2006 Yogyakarta earthquake, as well as the deadliest earthquake globally this year.
As of now, the area’s main airport is unusable and aid must arrive to the hardest hit areas by truck, which is slowing down relief efforts.
The country has also suffered a series of aftershocks, according to the United States Geological Survey. Several jolts, up to 6.0 magnitude, have hit Sumba, an island hundreds of miles away from Sulawesi, on Monday.
Crawford has offices in Indonesia and our adjusters are already responding to claims and providing support to our clients. The full extent of insured damage is still unclear as the situation is changing rapidly.
If you have claims that require our attention or need more information on this event, please contact any of the Crawford team members listed.
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