8 quake strikes off of Indonesia, sparking brief tsunami warning

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 17, 2019

Indonesia has on Friday issued a tsunami warning after Thursday's quake, urging residers to quickly evacuate to at higher level ground, according to Reuters news reports.

It did not say how many residents had refused to leave the high ground.

There were no immediate reports of casualties, but the USGS warned that considerable damage was possible in poorly built or badly designed structures.

A powerful quake of 6.8 magnitude rocked off Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province on Friday, the country's meteorology and geophysics agency said, triggering a tsunami warning that forced panicked people to evacuate their homes.

The epicentre of the quake was far from the Sulawesi city of Palu, which was devastated by an natural disaster and tsunami in September 2018 killing more than 4000 people. Hence, resulted the residents to flee to higher ground. However, the tremors were felt there and caused people to run into the streets in panic.

The quake was "strong and long lasting", Gina Saerang, a resident of Manado, the capital of North Sulawesi province, several hundred kilometers from the epicenter, said on social media.

Indonesia has said the damage bill in Palu topped US$900 million.

Last September, a 7.5-magnitude quake and a subsequent tsunami in Palu on Sulawesi island killed more than 2,200 with a thousand more declared missing.

As Indonesia lies in the highly seismic Ring of Fire, an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean.

The sprawling archipelago is dotted with more than 100 volcanoes, including one in the middle of the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands that erupted in late 2018 and unleashed a tsunami that killed more than 400 people.

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