Following a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on Sept. 28, a tsunami brought 18-ft waves to Palu, pummeling the coastal town on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. As first responders and civilians search through the wreckage, with the death toll rising past 1,200, satellite images provide a broad view of the devastation.
Palu is the capital city of Sulawesi and home to 300,000 Indonesians. Known as the city of the valley, it’s nestled between the archipelago ranges west and east of the city. Sitting at the end of a 20 mile (32 km) long cove, Palu is usually protected against ocean waters. It surprised disaster authorities when tsunami waves channeled down the inlet moving at speeds of 100 mph. This satellite image from Planet Labs shows sediment runoff from receding flood waters.
The number of people killed had risen to 1,234 on Tuesday, Indonesia's national disaster agency said, including Monday's grim discovery of 34 bodies, mostly children, in a church recreation hall in Sigi Biromaru south of Palu.
Sri Puguh Budi Utami, Indonesia’s prisons chief, said that 1,425 inmates have escaped from jails which were damaged in the quake, including those from the Donggala detention centre which was set on fire and all 343 inmates are now on the run.
The amount of missing people is well into the thousands and we will be making available profiling to the Indonesian families that want to list their family members on this site. If you are reading this and know someone effected by this disaster who knows of anyone in the region that has been reported missing, be sure to get them listed at the Missing Person Center.