Quake jolts central Sulawesi in Indonesia

Lester Mason
September 29, 2018

Indonesia s Aceh province was the hardest hit area, but the tsunami affected coastal areas as far away as Africa.

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

Indonesian TV showed smartphone footage of a large wave hitting Palu, and people screaming and running in fear.

Lisa Soba Palloan, a resident of Toraja, also south of Palu, said locals felt several quakes Friday.

The Associated Press reported that at least one person was confirmed dead in the quake and ensuing tsunami.

Authorities say the huge wave hit the cities of Palu and Donggala, but it is not yet clear the amount of casualties.

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.

"A tsunami has happened in Palu", said Rahmat Triyono, head of the agency's natural disaster and tsunami division, referring to the city of 350,000 almost 80km from the quake's epicentre.

At least one person died and 10 others were injured, while several buildings were damaged in the main tremor, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said.

Indonesia's geophysics agency confirmed Friday's Sulawesi quake triggered a tsunami, AP and Reuters report.

"The situation is chaotic, people are running on the streets and buildings collapsed".

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said United Nations officials were in contact with Indonesian authorities and "stand ready to provide support as required".

More than 600,000 people live in Donggala and Palu. Women and children wailed hysterically.

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

In 2004, a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.3 undersea natural disaster off the coast of Sumatra in western Indonesia killed 220,000 people in countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 Indonesians.

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