Critical Data About Indonesia Tsunami Missing As U.S. Geological Survey Closed Amid Government Shutdown

A beach in the aftermath of the Indonesia tsunami

Some critical data about the deadly tsunami that struck Indonesia is missing as the U.S. Geological Survey remained shuttered during the extended federal government shutdown.

Late on Saturday, an underwater volcano triggered a tsunami that struck the Indonesian coast without warning, killing at least 222 people and injuring more than 800 others. As The Huffington Post noted, the U.S. Geological Survey normally monitors seismic events and releases data to the public, but the agency has been dormant during the shutdown and posted a notice on its website that it would not be updating data.

“Due to a lapse in appropriations, the majority of USGS websites may not be up to date and may not reflect current conditions,” the note reads. “Websites displaying real-time data, such as Earthquake and Water and information needed for public health and safety will be updated with limited support.”

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