Indonesia Earthquake & Tsunami

An aerial view shows the earthquake and tsunami devastated neighborhoods in Palu, Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi on October 1, 2018.  / AFP PHOTO / JEWEL SAMAD

About the Crisis

On September 28, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake and tsunami struck Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island, followed by more than 210 aftershocks. As of October 12, more than 2,080 people have been killed, nearly 10,680 have been severely injured, and nearly 79,000 people remain displaced. In addition, thousands of homes and critical infrastructure have been damaged or destroyed.

A team of disaster experts from USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance is on the ground in Indonesia to coordinate U.S. humanitarian response efforts to the earthquake and tsunami. The team has identified shelter and water, sanitation, and hygiene as priority needs.

For more information on USAID’s response to the Indonesia earthquake and tsunami, visit this webpage.

Details About the Ongoing Response Efforts


USAID created the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) in 1988 one month after Hurricane Gilbert made landfall as a Category 5 storm that affected 10 countries. An outpouring of unsolicited donations took up space needed to stage and deliver life-saving relief supplies, and USAID and other responders spent valuable time managing unneeded clothing, expired medicine, and other non-critical items. USAID established the Center to educate the public about the advantages of giving monetary donations to relief organizations and the downside of donating unsolicited material goods USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) leads and coordinates the U.S. government’s humanitarian assistance efforts overseas, responding to an average of 65 disasters in more than 50 countries every year. Learn More About USAID/OFDA

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