Powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia

Powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia

Video posted to social media shows the tsunami sweeping through the city of Palu as residents frantically run for safety.

The quake hit as dusk fell and communications were down and the airport closed, making it impossible to assess the damage to life and property, officials said.

Last month, 387 people died after the 6.9-magnitude natural disaster hit the island.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the strongest quake had a magnitude of 7.5 and was centered at a depth of 6 miles about 35 miles northeast of the central Sulawesi town of Donggala.

"The [second] quake was felt very strongly, we expect more damage and more victims", Sutupo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the National Disaster Migration Agency, told Reuters, adding that the evacuation process is still ongoing.

It also shows the water hitting the heavily damaged Baiturrahman Mosque located next to the mall.

The footage shows the estimated three-metre (10 foot) high wave approaching before hitting land with devastating consequences.

"The cut to telecommunications and darkness are hampering efforts to obtain information", Sutopo said.

Palu resident Leonita Agustins happened to be in Jakarta when the quake and subsequent powerful tsunami rolled through his hometown.

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It was followed by a series of powerful aftershocks, including one measuring 5.7 magnitude.

Hundreds of people were on hand for a beach festival, which would have started Friday night. Indonesia's seismological agency BMKG put the magnitude at 7.4.

She did not explain how long the tsunami lasted.

"Everyone was getting out their homes, shouting in fear". All of the aftershocks and foreshocks listed on the USGS's website were at least 4.6-magnitude or greater.

More than half of the world's active volcanoes above sea level are part of the ring.

In August, a series of major quakes killed over 500 people in the tourist island of Lombok and destroyed dozens of villages along its northern coast.

A woman in her home in Sulawesi after the natural disaster hit. The quake triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

Indonesia's Aceh province was the hardest hit area, but the tsunami affected coastal areas as far away as Africa.

A 9.1-magnitude natural disaster, one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded, struck off the west coast of Sumatra in December 2004, unleashing a massive tsunami that struck scores of countries and killed almost 230,000 people.

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