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Indonesia: Earthquake triggered-tsunami claims more than 800 lives, leaves trail of destruction

A powerful earthquake rocked the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday, triggering a 3-meter-tall (10-foot-tall) tsunami that an official said swept away houses in at least two cities.

A mass burial of earthquake and tsunami victims began in a hard-hit city Monday as the need for heavy equipment to dig for survivors of the disaster that struck a central Indonesian island grows increasingly desperate.(Source: AP)

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Rescuers in Indonesia were scrambling Sunday to reach trapped victims screaming for help from collapsed buildings, while looters risked entering an unstable shopping mall to grab whatever they could find after a massive earthquake spawned a tsunami that left 832 dead. (Source: AP)

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Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told a news conference Sunday that the death toll had more than doubled to 832, with nearly all of those killed in Palu. He said there were still not comprehensive reports about casualties in surrounding coastal areas. (Source: AP)

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The city of Palu, which witnessed major destruction, was undergoing preparations for a beach festival when waves as high as 18 feet smashed ashore just on dusk, sweeping many to their death and destroying anything in their path. (AP Photo)

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