Indonesia says tsunami possible after quake off Sulawesi

Sergio Conner
April 14, 2019

Earlier the agency reported that the quake was gauged at a 6.9 magnitude before the revision, Bayu Pranata, the official in charge at the agency told Xinhua news agency.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) confirmed the 6.8 magnitude natural disaster hit on Friday afternoon at a depth of 17 kilometres.

According to Science Alert, the Indonesian island of Sulawesi sits in the "midst of a jigsaw puzzle of tectonic plates".

A spokesman for Indonesia's Geophysical Agency announced the warning after the quake hit on Friday.

Is there a tsunami warning?

"The quake has the potential to trigger a tsunami", Harry Tirto, spokesperson for the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, said in a release obtained by The Jakarta Post.

'Residents are advised to evacuate as soon possible'.

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Indonesia's geophysics agency says a tsunami is possible after a strong quake struck east of Sulawesi island.

"According to BMKG monitoring, until 21:00 Western Indonesia Time (WIB), some 20 aftershocks have occurred in various magnitudes", BMKG Chairperson Dwikorita Karnawati said Friday evening.

The deadly Sulawesi quake occurred on September 28 previous year, killing more than 2,500 people on the Indonesian island. Residents were seen panicking and running into the streets, CBS reported.

More than 3000 were killed in Palu, also in Central Sulawesi, the site of Friday's quake.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

"The Ring of Fire isn't quite a circular ring. A series of towering waves swept away thousands of people", says Smithsonian Magazine.

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