LENDE INDUK, INDONESIA — Just 500 meters from the epicenter of the earthquake that triggered a wave of destruction in Indonesia, a modest wooden home built on hollow concrete foundations in Lende Induk village stands completely and remarkably unscathed. A few kilometers away, along the main road of its sister village, Lende Tovea, scores of homes —many built with reinforced concrete — were completely destroyed by the violent shaking, leaving a mess of rubble neatly covered by fallen tin roofs. The contrasting scene in the hamlets nestled between the coast and lush hills visited by Reuters Saturday illustrate the fickle effects of the major 7.5 magnitude quake and ensuing tsunami that battered Palu, a coastal city 78 km (48 miles) to the south, Sept. 28.More than 66,000 buildings were badly damaged and at least 1,649 people were killed in the disaster, but neither the quality of building construction nor proximity to the quake explain why some areas were destroyed and others nearby left relatively untouched. Zainar, 38, who lives in the intact house closest to the epicenter, was inside when the quake struck. While the house built a year ago held strong, she said everything inside was broken. “There was… Read full this story
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