Magnitude 7.5 quake rocks Indonesia

29 September, 2018, 04:28 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Indonesia Tsunami Live Updates: Palu airport closed, families missing as massive sea waves hit Sulawesi Island

National and Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a release on Friday that the quake hit the area about 27 kilometers north east of Donggala, at a depth of 10 km.

A tsunami was reported to have hit the cities of Palu and Donggala, the Indonesia disaster agency said.

"The cut to telecommunications and darkness are hampering efforts to obtain information", Nugroho said.

A magnitude 7.5 natural disaster has struck off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, triggering a 1.8-metre (6-foot) tsunami.

Amateur footage shown by local TV stations, which could not immediately be authenticated by Reuters, showed waters crashing into houses along Palu's shoreline.

Other pictures showed major damage to buildings, with rubble strewn about the road and large cracks running through pavement.

Another 6.1 magnitude quake had hit the same area just hours earlier.

The second quake hit as the sun was setting and the extent of the damage would likely not be known until Saturday, officials said.

The airport in Palu halted operations for 24 hours due to damage, according to a notice from AirNav, which oversees airline traffic in Indonesia. "My family in Palu is unreachable", Twitter user @noyvionella said.

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) issued a tsunami warning five minutes later for residents of Central Sulawesi and West Sulawesi provinces.

The tsunami and the latest natural disaster on Friday followed a magnitude-6.0 quake that occurred at 2pm in Palu, killing one person, injuring 10 and destroying dozens of houses, according to the BMKG.

People can also be seen screaming and running from the rushing waters.

Donggala resident Mohammad Fikri said by telephone that he ran from his house but there wasn't great panic in his neighbourhood.

The archipelago nation lies on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and numerous world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.



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