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INDONESIA-QUAKE/SURVIVORS
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October 16, 2018
Wooden beams tilted at crazy angles poke out of piles of shattered concrete littered with battered motorbikes...
Palu, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Seeking talismans of former lives in quake rubble
Wooden beams tilted at crazy angles poke out of piles of shattered concrete littered with battered motorbikes and household items, from crumpled pots and pans to smudged notebooks and soft toys. An earthquake of magnitude 7.5 hit Indonesia's coastal city of Palu. As many as 5,000 people may still be buried under the mud, disaster relief officials estimate. Indonesia called off the search for victims on Friday, two weeks after the quake, citing health concerns, despite residents' pleas to continue. The town in the province of central Sulawesi was among those hardest hit by the phenomenon of ground liquefaction, when the shaking earth turns soft, damp soil into a roiling quagmire, dragging thousands of houses and people under mud and asphalt. The destructive waves of soil smashed thousands of homes, cars and buildings into each other, carrying some of them hundreds of metres from their original position within minutes. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "QUAKE SURVIVORS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: INDONESIA-QUAKE/SURVIVORS
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