Our week and month start off in an island nation that's located between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Indonesia has been struck by yet another natural disaster. It began on Friday when the island of Sulawesi was hit by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake. That's considered a major quake. One capable of significant damage and it generated a tsunami which brought ocean waves estimated to be almost 10 feet high. They rushed ashore on parts of Sulawesi and caused a level of destruction the government officials aren't able to estimate yet.
They say at least 832 people were killed in the disaster but that number could increase a great deal because thousands are still missing. In total, authorities estimate that more than 2 million people have been affected. Flood waters and heaps of debris are piled up in several parts of the island. And some areas are hard to get to because the roads have been damaged or blocked by landslides. According to the British Broadcasting Corporation, rescuers in one city are digging through the rubble by hand searching for survivors. There's not enough heavy machinery available to help.
The ground beneath them has been unstable since the quake struck. Aftershocks continue to rattle Sulawesi throughout the weekend. And with electricity and communications knocked out, authorities and residents are struggling to share information. The damage is making it hard for international aid workers to get supplies to those who need it.
This century there have been multiple earthquakes and tsunamis generated around Indonesia. They've killed hundreds of thousands of people in the region. Scientists say the earth below this section of the "Ring of Fire" is constantly changing and moving making earthquakes so common that it's not a matter of if another one will strike, but when.