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A man stands on a destroyed car as he views the rubble and debris of destroyed buildings following an earthquake, on October 02, 2018 in Palu, Indonesia. Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images

The scope from the damage of a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck northern Indonesia on Friday and has killed more than 1,200 is becoming clearer now that satellite before and after photos have been released, and more aid workers are reaching the area.

The big picture: From space, the effects of the tsunami are clear, as are the landslides and liquefied soil indicative of a large quake. The quake was centered northeast of the town of Donggala on the island of Sulawesi. It sent a powerful series of waves, estimated to measure at least 20 feet tall, crashing into the provincial capital city of Palu. That city is situated at the end of a long, narrow bay, a geography that likely acted to heighten the severity of the waves.

Before and after satellite imagery of Balaroa, Indonesia. Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company
The tsunami destroyed the Jembalan Palu IV Bridge in Palu, Indonesia. Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company
Damage in Palu, Indonesia from the tsunami. Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company
Earthquake damage in Petobo, Indonesia, from the massive 7.5 magnitude earthquake. Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company

Go deeper: Death toll from Indonesia earthquake tops 1,200

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  1. Health: Large coronavirus outbreaks leading to high death rates — Coronavirus cases are at an all-time high ahead of Election Day — U.S. tops 88,000 COVID-19 cases, setting new single-day record.
  2. Politics: States beg for Warp Speed billions.
  3. World: Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases.
  4. 🎧Podcast: The vaccine race turns toward nationalism.
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States beg for Warp Speed billions

A COVID-19 drive-thru testing center yesterday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. Photo: David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP

Operation Warp Speed has an Achilles' heel: States need billions to distribute vaccines — and many say they don't have the cash.

Why it matters: The first emergency use authorization could come as soon as next month, but vaccines require funding for workers, shipping and handling, and for reserving spaces for vaccination sites.

Court rules Minnesota absentee ballots must be received by 8 p.m. Election Day

An election judge drops a ballot in a ballot box at a drive through drop-off for absentee ballots in Minneapolis. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

An appeals court on Thursday ruled that Minnesota absentee ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

Why it matters: The ruling, which comes just five days before the election, blocks the state's plan to count absentee ballots arriving late so long as they're postmarked by Nov. 3 and delivered within a week of the election. Now those ballots must be set aside and marked late.