Ship to Shore
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.