Wani, In­done­sia

Ship to Shore

Newsweek International - - CONTENTS - JEWEL SA­MAD

The Sabuk Nu­san­tara on Oc­to­ber 3, five days af­ter the ferry was hurled onto the land af­ter the one-two punch of a mag­ni­tude 7.5 earth­quake and a tsunami struck the is­land of Su­lawesi. No pas­sen­gers were on board the 208-foot ves­sel—docked be­fore a sched­uled trip to its new own­ers—and all crew sur­vived. The ferry “was like a bas­ket­ball be­ing bounced,” said sec­ond-in-com­mand Jona Jo­hanes, who was turn­ing on the TV in his cabin when the quake hit. A few days later, the death toll was ap­proach­ing 2,000, with an es­ti­mated 5,000 still miss­ing and at least 70,000 home­less.

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