Indonesia is no stranger to the devastating earthquakes and tsunami, but what was surprising about the destroyer, the size of the 7.5 earthquake that shook the island of Sulawesi last Friday was the size of the tsunami that followed. About 30 minutes after the earthquake six meters (nearly 20-meter) waves surged through the coastal resort of Palo, and the destruction of buildings and killing hundreds of people.
Most tsunami-generating earthquakes in this region to get out of the war on Sunda “megathrust” fault where the Indo Australian to fall under the Eurasian Plate. Violence vertical movement caused by the expansion earthquakes can replace the sheer amount of sea water, setting off a high-speed tsunami wave.
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