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How the Indonesia Earthquake Made Soil Flow Like Water | NYT News

How the Indonesia Earthquake Made Soil Flow Like Water | NYT News
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    This is what liquefaction looks like.
    It's one of the most devastating effects
    of an earthquake.
    Soil breaks down and flows like water.
    It happens when a quake strikes an area
    with loose, moist soil that's been shaken violently.
    The soil behaves like a liquid, with frightening results.
    Indonesian officials say more than 2,000 homes
    have been destroyed after a 7.5-magnitude earthquake
    triggered liquefaction in some areas.
    Here's the village where this video was filmed.
    It's located 8.5 miles from the coast.
    This is what it looked like before the earthquake.
    And this is what it looks like now.
    Here, we see where the houses once stood.
    Now, there's nothing left.
    This other video shows the same phenomenon
    in a neighborhood in the city of Palu.
    It has also been largely destroyed.
    And here is another neighborhood
    that has been devastated.
    But liquefaction was responsible for only part
    of the destruction after the earthquake.
    On the coast, a tsunami ripped apart the infrastructure:
    like this bridge
    and this beachfront.
    More than 1,200 people have died
    and officials fear the death toll could rise
    as rescue teams continue their search for survivors.
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