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Search called off in Indonesian quake-tsunami

Search called off in Indonesian quake-tsunami

Possibly 5,000 people were buried in places where the quake caused liquefaction, a phenomenon where wet soil weakens and collapses, becoming mud that sucks houses and everything else into the ground in a quicksand-like effect.

Anwar Saing, 45, who sought refuge in a camp near the Darussalam Grand Mosque in western Palu, told BenarNews that his house was not badly damaged by the natural disaster.

Meanwhile, a total of 10,679 people sustained from wounds when they were hit by collapsing buildings or falling blocks of concrete during the jolts, while some others were hit by the strikes of the tsunami, Sutopo said.

The country was still reeling from an natural disaster and tsunami last month that killed more than 2000 people.

"We stayed outside until dawn", he added. However, it is mostly guesswork because of how far the ground moved during liquefaction. "It doesn't matter if it's my family or not, the important thing is that we find as many as we can". The archipelago is often rattled by earthquakes and the occasional tsunami.

Indonesia's search for victims buried in neighborhoods annihilated by an quake and tsunami is nearing its end nearly two weeks after the double disasters hit the remote city of Palu in central Sulawesi. "There are no guidelines on how to handle it", Antonius Ratdomopurbo, secretary of the Geological Agency at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, told reporters this week.

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BMKG recorded 13 aftershocks within five hours of the quake, with the magnitude on a declining trend.

BMKG head Dwikorita Karnawati told Agence France-Presse (AFP): "The quake didn't trigger any tsunami for sure".

BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement: "Based on our analysis of the natural disaster map, the quake's corresponding intensity was felt between III and IV on the Modified Mercalli Intensity (MMI) scale, or between light and moderate". Australia's Tsunami Warning Center said its coastlines were not at risk.

That culture includes a resilience that emerged within days as the people of Palu picked up the pieces of their lives.

Halimah Ariav Koboi, whose daughter is still missing, watched the last excavators at Balaroa in despair, knowing it was her final chance to finding her daughter.

"This is the only thing I can do, otherwise I would go insane", he said, choking back tears. "It's something we haven't experienced in other major disasters like this".