Liquefaction causes whole villages to be sucked into ground

Nothing else left: The roof of a house remains after devastation from soil liquefaction at Petobo near Palu. — AFP

PALU: Stepping gingerly through the pulverised remnants of her Indonesian village, Nonlis Kando spotted a white shoebox imprinted with neon red lips sticking up from the ruins, and burst into tears.

The 35-year-old office worker had found her home – or what was left of it after an earthquake and tsunami obliterated parts of Palu on Sulawesi island.

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