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Earthquake and Tsunami in  Indonesia

September 28, 2018

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A 7.5 magnitude earthquake occurred off the central Indonesian Island of Sulawesi on September 28th, 2018 triggering a tsunami with 3 meter high waves.

At least 844 people are reported to have lost their lives, 600 have been hospitalized and almost 50,000 people have been displaced. Vice-President Jusuf Kalla has said the final death toll could be in the thousands.

One of the worst affected areas was the city of Palau, where rescuers have limited access to the region.

How to get access to our imagery:

We make our disaster imagery available through Planet Explorer, our online imagery browser. We provide limited access to Explorer for up to 30 days to qualified disaster volunteer organizations, humanitarian organizations, and other coordinating bodies. Explorer is continuously updated with our most recent imagery (please see map below for exact region available). To gain access to Planet's Explorer, please email In your email, please provide your name, the name of your organization, and the purpose for which you wish to use the imagery.

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A comparison between September 27th, 2018 and October 1st, 2018 displays extensive damage in Palu, Indonesia after the 7.5 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

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