On September 28, 2018, at 17:02 local time (10:02 UTC), a magnitude 7.5 earthquake occurred with an epicenter 78km North of Palu, Sulawesi Island, Indonesia, at a depth of 10 km. The earthquake was caused by movement on a strike-slip fault known as the Palu-Koro Fault. As of writing this report the death toll is estimated to be over 1200 due to both earthquake and tsunami and expected to rise as the search and rescue efforts continue. The first product of the StEER response to the Palu Earthquake and Tsunami is this Preliminary Virtual Assessment Team (PVAT) report, which is intended to: 1. provide an overview of the Palu Earthquake and Tsunami, particularly relating to sequential earthquake and tsunami effects on coastal structures. 2. overview StEER's event strategy in response to the Palu Earthquake and Tsunami, and 3. summarize the preliminary findings relating to damage caused by both the earthquake and tsunami in Palu and neighboring areas.. Access the full report HERE.
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