Asian Development Bank


On Friday, September 28, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the island of Sulawesi in Eastern Indonesia, generating a devastating tsunami. The national disaster agency confirmed the death toll to 1,571, with thousands more unaccounted for and over 70,000 people homeless. More than 3,000 homes were damaged or sucked into deep mud in the neighborhoods of Petobo and Balaroa. The quake caused loose, wet soil to liquefy, making the soil too soft for heavy rescue equipment to be used in the area.