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In photos: Staggering destruction from Indonesia quake, tsunami

A man stands on a destroyed car as he views the rubble and debris of destroyed buildings following an earthquake in Palu, Indonesia.
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 images of Balaroa, Indonesia, after the 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck on Friday.
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.
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
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.
Earthquake damage in Petobo, Indonesia, from the massive 7.5 magnitude earthquake. Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company

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