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Indonesia Tsunami: High waves hit cities after powerful earthquake

A paramedic gives treatment to an earthquake survivor outside a hospital in Donggala, Indonesia Sulawesi Island, September 28, 2018. Antara Foto/HO/BNPB-Sutopo Purwo N via REUTERS

Indonesia Tsunami: High waves hit cities after powerful earthquake

Indonesia Tsunami: High waves hit cities after powerful earthquake

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake has caused a strong tsunami to hit a coastal Indonesian city, officials say.

At least five people are feared dead after an Indonesia tsunami hits the cities of Palu and Donggala, the Evening Standard has reported.

The Indonesia tsunami hit Palu, the capital of central Sulawesi province, a smaller city in Donggala and several other coastal settlements, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster agency.

He said families were reported missing and communications and power supplies were disrupted.

“The cut to telecommunications and darkness are hampering efforts to obtain information,” he said. “All national potential will be deployed, and tomorrow morning we will deploy Hercules [military transport planes] and helicopters to provide assistance in tsunami-affected areas.”

Waves of up to 2m high swept through Palu on Sulawesi island, not long after authorities had lifted a tsunami warning.

Video on social media shows people screaming and fleeing in panic and a mosque amongst the buildings damaged.

Officials have reported five deaths – but it is not clear if those were as a result of the tsunami.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the so-called Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and faultlines in the Pacific Basin. In December 2004 a magnitude 9.1 quake off Sumatra in western Indonesia triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

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