Strong Quake Hits Along Indonesia's Western Sulawesi Island

Pauline Gross
October 1, 2018

The tsunami triggered by a magnitude 7.5 quake smashed into two cities and several settlements on Sulawesi island at dusk Friday.

"The (second) quake was felt very strongly, we expects more damage and more victims", Nugroho said.

Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency said it didn't have the potential to cause a tsunami.

A mosque at Palu slammed by waves on Friday (Sep 28).

A 7.5-magnitude quake off the coast of Indonesia's Sulawesi island sent a 7-foot tsunami careening into the seaside community of Palu overnight, devastating the coastline and producing the shocking video above, filled with panicked screams and people fleeing the rushing water.

"People are encouraged to remain vigilant", Sutopo said.

Dawn revealed a devastated coastline in central Sulawesi where the tsunami triggered by a magnitude 7.5 quake Friday smashed into two cities and several settlements.

Pictures supplied by the agency showed a badly damaged shopping mall in Palu where at least one floor had collapsed onto the storey below, while other photographs showed major damage to buildings and large cracks across pavements.

In this photo released by the Disaster Management Agency, a house sits damaged after a magnitude 6.1 quake early Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Donggala, central Sulawesi, Indonesia.

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Indonesia's disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho says a tsunami warning for the island of Sulawesi has been lifted.

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The ruin of a mosque badly damaged by natural disaster and tsunami is seen in Palu on Saturday.

A series of earthquakes in July and August killed almost 500 people on the holiday island of Lombok, hundreds of kilometers southwest of Sulawesi.

Sutopo said communications with the area in central Sulawesi are down and the search and rescue effort is being hampered by darkness. It briefly triggered a tsunami warning.

The main airport in Palu - a city of 350,000 - was shut after the tsunami struck and was expected to stay closed for at least 24 hours.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of great seismic and volcanic activities, where some 7,000 earthquakes, mostly moderate, are recorded each year.

In December 2004, a massive magnitude 9.1 natural disaster off Sumatra in western Indonesia triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

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