Astonishing Moment a Building ‘Floats’ Past After Tremors Liquefy the Ground, Swallowing 1,700 Homes in Indonesia as Mass Grave Is Dug for More Than a Thousand Victims

This is the astonishing moment a building ‘floated’ along a river of mud after the devastating Indonesian earthquake liquefied the ground.

Hundreds are feared trapped in mud and 1,700 homes were ‘swallowed up’ on the island of Sulawesi after tremors turned water-filled soil in to mush in a phenomenon known as liquefaction.

Terrifying footage, filmed from the metal roof of a house, shows large buildings and electricity pylons moving past after being ripped from their foundations.

The clip emerged as the death toll from the disaster climbed to more than 1,200 and officials prepared a mass grave with space for hundreds of victims of Friday’s earthquake and tsunami. Workers were seen hauling body bags into the 330ft-long tomb in Palu.

Meanwhile, reports have emerged of looters raiding collapsed shopping malls and hundreds of convicts escaping the ruins of their prison.

In the district of Sigi, 34 children were found dead under tsunami debris. They were all attending a Christian camp, Indonesian Red Cross spokeswoman Aulia Arriani said.

A 38-year-old man was pulled out alive from beneath a collapsed building three days after the 7.5 earthquake and 500mph tsunami devastated the city of Palu.

Indonesian TV stations showed video from the National Search and Rescue Agency of its workers freeing Sapri Nusin from the rubble of a destroyed finance building. He was conscious and talking to his rescuers as they worked by flashlight.

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Footage shows the astonishing moment a building 'floated' along a river of mud after the deadly Indonesian earthquake and tsunami liquefied the ground
Footage shows the astonishing moment a building 'floated' along a river of mud after the deadly Indonesian earthquake and tsunami liquefied the ground

Footage shows the astonishing moment a building ‘floated’ along a river of mud after the deadly Indonesian earthquake and tsunami liquefied the ground

Hundreds are feared trapped in mud and 1,700 homes were 'swallowed up' on the island of Sulawesi after tremors turned water-filled soil in to mush in a phenomenon known as liquefaction. The terrifying clip emerged as the death toll from the disaster climbed to more than 1,200 and officials prepared a mass grave with space for hundreds of earthquake and tsunami victims

Hundreds are feared trapped in mud and 1,700 homes were ‘swallowed up’ on the island of Sulawesi after tremors turned water-filled soil in to mush in a phenomenon known as liquefaction. The terrifying clip emerged as the death toll from the disaster climbed to more than 1,200 and officials prepared a mass grave with space for hundreds of earthquake and tsunami victims

A mass grave for more than a thousand earthquake and tsunami victims has been prepared in Indonesia as a desperate hunt for survivors continued today

A mass grave for more than a thousand earthquake and tsunami victims has been prepared in Indonesia as a desperate hunt for survivors continued today

Officials could be seen hauling body bags into the 330ft-long tomb in Palu after the city on the island of Sulawesi was devastated by 20ft waves and tremors so powerful they turned the ground to liquid

Officials could be seen hauling body bags into the 330ft-long tomb in Palu after the city on the island of Sulawesi was devastated by 20ft waves and tremors so powerful they turned the ground to liquid

Around midday, teams of workers, their mouths covered by masks, carried 18 bagged bodies and laid them in a trench. Mechanical earth-movers waited to push soil on top of the bodies. More burials are expected to follow

Around midday, teams of workers, their mouths covered by masks, carried 18 bagged bodies and laid them in a trench. Mechanical earth-movers waited to push soil on top of the bodies. More burials are expected to follow

A 25-year-old woman was found alive Sunday evening in the ruins of the Roa-Roa Hotel, according to the National Search and Rescue Agency, which released photos of the her lying on a stretcher covered in a blanket

A 25-year-old woman was found alive Sunday evening in the ruins of the Roa-Roa Hotel, according to the National Search and Rescue Agency, which released photos of the her lying on a stretcher covered in a blanket

Rescuers carry an earthquake survivor at restaurant building damaged by a massive earthquake and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

Rescuers carry an earthquake survivor at restaurant building damaged by a massive earthquake and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

Looters took the opportunity to raid a shopping mall badly damaged by the massive earthquake. A man in a Christmas hat his pictured carrying a huge stolen television on the back of a motorbike

Looters took the opportunity to raid a shopping mall badly damaged by the massive earthquake. A man in a Christmas hat his pictured carrying a huge stolen television on the back of a motorbike

A man takes a photo of a car left jammed in the side of a building following the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia 

A man takes a photo of a car left jammed in the side of a building following the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia

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Source: Daily Mail