Indonesia Tsunami: Fast Facts

A terrifying tsunami hit two beach cities in Indonesia, taking thousands of lives. Here’s what you need to know about the disaster and how you can help survivors.


1. A series of powerful earthquakes hit Indonesia, triggering a deadly tsunami.

More than 2,000 people died and hundreds more were injured after the tsunami hit Indonesia’s central Sulawesi island on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. In parts of the region, the quake liquified the soil and sucked away people and homes.
Source: CBS News

2. The tsunami reportedly reached 20 feet in height.

The massive wave of ocean water hit with deadly force, despite an earlier tsunami warning being lifted. It shut down the airport, knocked out power and communications systems, and damaged the main hospital in Palu on Sulawesi island, leading a doctor in the city to issue an international plea for medicine, nurses, and other emergency assistance.
Source: CNN

3. About 600,0000 people live in two neighboring cities where the tsunami struck.

The full extent of the damage in the fishing town Donggala is unknown, as communications systems are down and little news has emerged from officials there.
Source: The Guardian

4. Cash is the best way to help people in need after a disaster like the Indonesia tsunami.

Why? The needs of survivors vary greatly from disaster to disaster—and even day to day—so a cash donation to a vetted organization is the quickest and safest way to get help where it’s needed. You can learn more about how to help people affected by the Indonesia tsunami in this infographic, which can also be downloaded and shared on social media.
Source: GlobalGiving + USAID Center for International Disaster Information

5. You can help meet the immediate and long-term needs of tsunami survivors in Indonesia.

The Disaster Recovery Team at GlobalGiving has strong, long-lasting relationships with dozens of vetted, nonprofit organizations in Indonesia. It’s safe and easy to support immediate relief operations, as well as long-term recovery and resiliency, with a donation to our Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.

Donate to the Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund to support vetted organizations on the ground. The Disaster Recovery Team at GlobalGiving will ensure your gift reaches those most in need now and over the long haul.


Learn more about the Disaster Recovery Team at GlobalGiving.

Featured Photo: The quake and tsunami caused a major power outage that cut communications around Palu. Photo by Antara Foto/Rolex Malaha via Reuters. Note: This story was originally published on Sept. 29, 2018 and last updated on Oct. 10, 2018.

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