Earthquakes Hit Indonesia, Including 7.5 Magnitude Tremor Near Palu

Earthquakes Hit Indonesia, Including 7.5 Magnitude Tremor Near Palu

Earthquakes Hit Indonesia, Including 7.5 Magnitude Tremor Near Palu

The epicenter of the quake which struck at 05.02 p.m. local time was located 18 degrees southern latitude and 119.85 degrees eastern longitude or 27 km northeast of Donggala at a depth of 10 km.

Indonesia said the quake was 7.7.

The tsunami was caused by a magnitude 7.5 natural disaster off the coast, according to the BBC, producing waves up to 6 feet that crashed through Sulawesi island, where Palu is located.

It also shows the water hitting the heavily damaged Baiturrahman Mosque located next to the mall.

Dramatic video footage filmed from the top floor of a parking ramp in Palu, almost 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the quake's epicenter, showed waves of water bring down several buildings and inundate a large mosque. "All national potential will be deployed and Saturday morning we will deploy Hercules and helicopters to provide assistance in affected areas".

"There are reports that many buildings collapsed in the quake", Nugroho said in a statement.

The death toll from the natural disaster and tsunami on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi jumped to 384 on Saturday, authorities said, with many of those killed swept away by giant waves as they played on the beach.

She said the tsunami warning triggered by the biggest quake, in place for about half an hour, was lifted after the tsunami was over.

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

Initial reports from the agency say dozens of buildings collapsed in Palu City in the Donggala region of Sulawesi.

The national disaster agency put the official death toll so far at 384, all of them in the tsunami-struck city of Palu, but warned the toll was likely to rise. "People are running on the streets and buildings have collapsed", Karnawati told Reuters.

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

Some of the worst hit areas include the districts of South Banewa, Central Banewa, Sinhue and Soyol in Donggala Regency, "but we have not been able to access these areas" Sutopo said.

The Palu area was hit by a less powerful quake earlier on Friday, which destroyed some houses, killed one person and injured at least 10 in the fishing town of Donggala, closest to the epicentre, authorities said.

The death toll from the natural disaster and tsunami on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has jumped to 384, authorities say, with many of those killed swept away by giant waves as they played on the beach.

Indonesia, a sprawling archipelago that straddles the Pacific "Ring of Fire", is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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