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Indonesia Earthquake & Tsunami

A woman walks through a devastated area in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 1, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28.      (Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images)

In Brief

  • A series of major earthquakes struck Indonesia, triggering a tsunami that surged ashore on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
  • The largest of multiple earthquakes and aftershocks measured a powerful 7.5 in magnitude, and reports estimate the tsunami was 10 feet high when it made impact.
  • Based on the latest assessments in Palu, an estimated 1.5 million people were affected, 61,000 were displaced, and more than 1,200 people died.
  • Direct Relief has been working to pre-position and supply medicines and medical assistance to countries within the ASEAN network after signing an agreement in 2016 with the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance, known as the AHA Center.

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