Natural disaster measuring magnitude-7.5 strikes off Indonesia

A map provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows the epicenter of 7.5 magnitude earthquake which struck Indonesia on Sept. 28 2018.                        USGS

A map provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows the epicenter of 7.5 magnitude earthquake which struck Indonesia on Sept. 28 2018. USGS

Supoto said there was "much damage" in the Donggala area - home to about 300,000 people - where the first quake hit.

The devastating South Asian tsunami in 2004 brought waves that witnesses in Aceh Province, Indonesia, said were 50 to 70 feet tall, NPR reported.

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo tweeted late on Friday evening: "At sunset an quake hit Central Sulawesi and surroundings".

At least one person was known to have died.

A resident is seen beside the collapsed brick wall of her house at Tobadak village in Central Mamuju, western Sulawesi province, after a 7.5 magnitude quake hit the area.

Footage posted online by Twitter user @DianOnno shows an enormous wave sweeping over the beachfront and onto shore at Palu, as people cry out and flee.

"All national potential will be deployed, and tomorrow morning we will deploy Hercules and helicopters to provide assistance in tsunami-affected areas", he said.

An official with the Akris local disaster agency said that "many houses have collapsed".

"The victim was hit by a collapsed building", the agency said in a statement.




Five people are feared dead after a tsunami crashed through an Indonesian coastal city demolishing houses and leaving families missing.

"The tsunami warning was lifted as the tsunami did not occur", official in charge of the agency Suci Dewi told Xinhua by phone.

Sutopo said the disaster caused a power outage that cut communications in Donggala and surrounding areas. The water smashed into buildings and the damaged mosque.

A patient is evacuated from a hospital following a strong quake in Poso, central Sulawesi, Indonesia.

AFP phone calls to several regional hospitals went unanswered and Palu's main airport was closed around 7.30 pm local time, with authorities saying it would not open for 24 hours.

The wave followed a magnitude-7.5 natural disaster, which came hours after a milder quake hit the same area, killing one person and injuring at least 10, and officials expect further damage.

There were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries after the latest tremor, but it was a higher magnitude than a series of quakes that killed hundreds on the island of Lombok this summer.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes as it sits on major fault lines along the so-called "Ring of Fire" in the Pacific Ocean.

Indonesian officials issued a tsunami warning Friday after a powerful quake rocked the island of Sulawesi.

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