A strong 7.5-magnitude earthquake rocked central Sulawesi’s central island of Indonesia on Friday, the USGS said. No information is available immediately regarding possible victims.
The earthquake struck the center of the island at a depth of 6 miles, a few hours after an initial weaker shock that killed at least one person in the same area.
This earthquake is of greater magnitude than the series of violent earthquakes that left more than 500 dead and about 1500 injured in August on the island of Lombok, neighboring Bali.
The Indonesian disaster management agency, which launched a tsunami warning in the wake of the announcement, then lifted its warning. But a tsunami, the magnitude of which is still unknown, has swept over the city of Palu.
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The epicenter of the earthquake was precisely located 78 kilometers north of the city of Palu, capital of the central province of Celebes. It was felt as far south as Makassar, the capital of the island.
Lisa Soba Palloan, a resident of Toraja, about 175 kilometers from Palu, confirmed to AFP that shocks were felt on Friday.
“The last one was really important. Everyone came out of her house and screamed in fear, “she said.
Indonesia, an archipelago of 17,000 islands and islets that was formed by the convergence of three large tectonic plates (Indo-Pacific, Australian, Eurasian), is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of high activity. seismic.
On December 26, 2004, Indonesia was hit by a series of devastating earthquakes, including a magnitude of 9.1 on the island of Sumatra. This earthquake created a massive tsunami that killed 220,000 people in the region, including 168,000 in Indonesia.
In 2006, nearly 6,000 people died in a massive earthquake that hit the island of Java. The 6.3 magnitude earthquake (USGS) occurred in a populated area south of the large university town of Yogyakarta. The disaster killed about 38,000 people.