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Tsunami scare in Indonesia after 6.8 earthquake strikes eastern zone

14 April 2019

A 6.9 magnitude natural disaster struck Morowali in Central Sulawesi region of Indonesia on Friday triggering a tsunami warning by Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) of the country.

The tsunami warning was in effect for about 40 minutes.

After conducting some analyses, the BMKG revised the scale of the major quake which jolted C. Sulawesi on 18:40 WIB from 6.9 magnitude to 6.8 magnitude.

America's Geological Survey (USGS) said that the center of the quake was located in the depth of 17 kilometers from the ground on the east coast of Sulawesi Island.

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the quake was felt in different areas for 4 to 6 seconds. "Residents are advised to evacuate as soon possible".

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

Rehabilitation efforts to relocate the displaced are still underway from the 7.5 quake which had struck the cities of Palu and Donggala in September. Residents were seen panicking and running into the streets, CBS reported.

Over 4,000 people were killed in Palu previous year.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The Pacific "Ring of Fire". "A series of towering waves swept away thousands of people", says Smithsonian Magazine.

Tsunami scare in Indonesia after 6.8 earthquake strikes eastern zone