As Indonesia Reels from the Earthquake and Tsunami, Experts Warn of More Deadly Disasters to Come

As Indonesia Reels from the Earthquake and Tsunami, Experts Warn of More Deadly Disasters to Come

Indonesia is facing a long and painful recovery from the devastating earthquake and tidal wave of two weeks ago, but scientists say that this latest calamity could simply be a warning of more deadly and destructive disasters ahead.

Hurricane Florence dumped record rainfall on the Carolinas, Typhoon Mangkhut triggered landslides and killed dozens in the Philippines, and turbulent wildfires tore across California. Another earthquake on Indonesia’s Lombok Island in July killed over 500 people.’ data-reactid=”17″>It’s been a year of natural disasters. Hurricane Florence dumped record rainfall on the Carolinas, Typhoon Mangkhut triggered landslides and killed dozens in the Philippines, and turbulent wildfires tore across California. Another earthquake on Indonesia’s Lombok Island in July killed over 500 people.

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750,000 lives over the past 20 years, more than other extreme weather events, according to a forthcoming report from the U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.’ data-reactid=”23″>Earthquakes and tsunamis have proven particularly deadly, claiming nearly 750,000 lives over the past 20 years, more than other extreme weather events, according to a forthcoming report from the U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

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high risk of liquefaction, the Associated Press reported Monday. Now, those neighborhoods are gone and thousands of former residents are still missing.” data-reactid=”28″>The liquefaction was a horror but it should not have been a surprise: a 2012 Indonesian government survey found that outlying tracts of Palu like Petobo and Balaroa were at high risk of liquefaction, the Associated Press reported Monday. Now, those neighborhoods are gone and thousands of former residents are still missing.

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International Tsunami Information Center (ITIC) in Hawaii.’ data-reactid=”35″>“Indonesia has significant and continuously improved its tsunami early warning system and preparedness” since the 2004 tsunami said Laura Kong, director of the International Tsunami Information Center (ITIC) in Hawaii.

But early detection doesn’t confer immunity: localized tsunamis like Palu’s “can hit in minutes,” Kong added.

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