A combination of plate tectonics in the region, the shape of the coastline, vulnerable communities and a less-than-robust early warning system all combine to make Indonesian tsunamis especially dangerous.
The official death toll from the 7.5 magnitude quake that hit the west coast of Sulawesi island last Friday rose to 1,407, many killed by tsunami waves it triggered. But officials fear the toll could soar.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo called for reinforcements in a desperate search for survivors of a devastating earthquake and tsunami on Sulawesi island, as the official death toll rose above 1,200 on Tuesday.
The toll from an earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia soared on Sunday to 832 confirmed dead, with authorities fearing it will only climb as rescuers struggle to reach outlying communities cut off from communications and help.
The tsunami up to six feet high struck beaches as dusk fell in Palu, a sleepy but growing tourist resort, and the nearby fishing town of Donggala, closest to the epicenter of the quake, officials said.
In an attempt to secure their market, conventional taxis enforce “red zones” — areas where online taxi drivers are barred from picking up passengers. This makes it difficult of people with disabilities to access transportation options
"It went from high season just a few days ago to absolutely nothing now," lamented Howard Singleton, who owns a beachside restaurant in the west coast town of Senggigi, ravished by striking sunset views of a volcano on neighboring Bali.
Scenes of destruction greeted rescue workers across Indonesia's resort island of Lombok on Monday, after an earthquake of magnitude 6.9 killed dozens of people and prompted an exodus of tourists rattled by the second powerful quake in a week.
As a teenager, Carina Hoang and her siblings were left on a desert island in Indonesia when they fled Vietnam. Dozens died and were buried in shallow graves marked with stones. She has helped more than 15 families find their loved ones — but this will be her last trip.
Until a few years ago the Strait of Malacca, an important global shipping lane between Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, was considered to be the most dangerous sea lane in the world. Pirate attacks were commonplace there. But in recent years, there's been a decline in piracy incidents there. Now waters off of Somalia are considered the most dangerous. Jocelyn Ford went to Aceh on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, once known as a hotbed for pirates, to find out what changed.
For today's Geo Quiz, we were searching for the home of Komodo dragons. The answer is Komodo Island in Indonesia. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Paulette Mitchell, a freelance writer and world traveler, who survived a visit to Komodo Island.
In today's Geo Quiz we asked which of these three passages, the Gulf of Aden, the Drake Passage, or the Strait of Malacca, is considered pirate free? The answer is the Drake Passage, off the southern tip of South America.
The answer to today's Geo Quiz is central Java, in Indonesia. That's the location of the city that locals call Solo, officially known as Surakarta. In New York, the Indonesian consulate is holding classes in gamelan music. Alex Gallafent paid a visit.