The powerful earthquake and tsunami that struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi left heart-wrenching scenes of destruction and human suffering.

In this Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, file photo, people survey outside the flooded shopping mall which was damaged following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)

The toll of more than 800 dead is largely from the city of Palu and is expected to rise as areas cut off by the damage are reached. The regencies of Donggala, Sigi and Parigi Moutong — with a combined population of 1.2 million — have yet to be fully assessed.

In this Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, file photo, villagers view a ship swept ashore by a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Rio Mario, File)
In this Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, file photo, a man walks inside a shopping mall which was damaged following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)

The magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck at dusk Friday and spawned a tsunami said to have been as high as 6 meters (20 feet) in places.

In this Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, file photo, people survey inside a shopping mall damaged following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
In this Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, file photo, a damaged shopping mall sits in flood water following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)

It was the latest natural disaster to hit Indonesia, which is frequently struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis because of its location on the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. In December 2004, a massive magnitude 9.1 earthquake off Sumatra island in western Indonesia triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries. More recently, a powerful quake on the island of Lombok killed 505 people in August.

In this Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, file photo, people survey the mosque damaged in a massive earthquake and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
In this Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, file photo, people survey the damage of a shopping mall following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)

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In this Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, file photo, workers carry goods from their shop at a shopping mall damaged by a massive earthquake and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
In this Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, file photo, looters carry away items from a shopping mall badly damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)

Source: The Associated Press

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