Palu reconnaissance trip studies population displacement and reconstruction

2020 01 01 Pulse Palu
In November 2019, an EERI team—composed of Rob Olshansky (M.EERI,1997), Kanako Iuchi (M.EERI,2011), and Ghazala Naeem (M.EERI,2014)—completed an LFE reconnaissance visit to Palu, Indonesia, 14 months following the devastating September 2018 earthquake and tsunami. Complementing a previous liquefaction reconnaissance trip by GEER and EERI’s Preliminary Notes on Tsunami Information and Response, the November reconnaissance trip focused on issues related to ongoing population displacement and progress toward reconstruction.

Conducted jointly with the Institut Tecknologi Bandung (ITB) and supported by the Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas), the group visited permanent relocation sites and temporary housing sites, as well as most of the significant liquefaction and tsunami-affected areas. They spoke to residents, non-governmental organizations, and representatives of all levels of government. In return, the team provided an opportunity in Bandung for ITB researchers and government officials to exchange ideas, and for officials from Bappenas and BNPB (Indonesian emergency management agency) to hear concerns about the ongoing process.

To support this collaboration, EERI and ITB have signed an MOU, and ITB’s Research Center for Disaster Mitigation and Center of Excellence for Earthquake Sciences are both eager to work with EERI members on topics of mutual interest. Because of the active seismicity of Indonesia, ITB will help facilitate the process of obtaining research visas. To learn more about how you can take advantage of this great opportunity, please contact EERI Program Manager Maggie Ortiz-Millan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The team will present their preliminary findings during a webinar in early 2020. A full report on the lessons learned from the reconnaissance trip will be available later in 2020. Reconnaissance photos from the team will be available on the virtual earthquake clearinghouse website soon.