By Pritha Nag
Hundreds have been killed in Indonesia due to the earthquake and tsunami that hit them on the 28th of September 2018. The Indonesian earthquake along with the tsunami, has failed Indonesia.
At least 840 people have been confirmed dead as of the 1st of October 2018, though they are saying that other bodies will be found as they move through the rubble. According to CNN 2.4 million have been affected by the deadly disaster.
At 18:03 off the coast of Sulawesi an earthquake occurred. BMKG (Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics) warned the people of Indonesia after the earthquake had already struck.
Many people are accusing the BMKG of lifting the warning too early. The BMKG lifted the warning just over 30 minutes later after telling them. The chairwoman of BMKG told the Jakarta Post that “they decided to call of the warning after the agency received information about the tsunami.” She also went on to say that “the tsunami alert ended at 18:37, minutes after the third and last wave hit land. She also said that “there were no more tsunami waves after the alert ended.”
The BMKG lifted the warning just over 30 minutes later after telling them.
The alert was sent out and according to the communication ministry, constant tsunami alerts were sent to the to the residents via text. Many were flustered and the last thing on their mind was too check their phone.
Indonesia does have a quite advanced tsunami working system. They also have 21 buoys. These buoys were donated by the US, Germany, and Malaysia after the horrible tsunami in 2004. However, these bouys have been damaged or vandalized. A replacement system has been constantly delayed because of a lack of money and funds. Because of this, the BMKG predicts earthquakes by using a system based on the earthquake depth and magnitude.