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Learning from Palu tsunami, Banggai residents respond quickly during quake

  • Ruslan Sangadji

    The Jakarta Post

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Palu   /   Sun, April 21, 2019   /  10:20 am
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Residents wait outside their houses and buildings when a magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit the Banggai Raya area in Central Sulawesi on the evening of April 12. (Antara/Steven Pontoh)

When a strong earthquake rocked the Greater Banggai area, which covers Banggai, Banggai Islands and Banggai Laut regencies in Central Sulawesi, on April 12 people panicked and ran away from beach areas. The Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that the magnitude 6.9 earthquake was felt as far away as Palu, the provincial capital, located more than 3,000 kilometers from the earthquake-stricken area. Three minutes later the BMKG announced that the earthquake had the potential of causing a tsunami. People became more panicked. They immediately left beach areas and ran to higher ground. In hilly Luwuk, for example, they went up into the hills, looking for safer places. “We still remember what happened in Palu,” local resident Emiliana Rumayer told The Jakarta Post on the next day upon returning to her home with her whole family, referri...