Published: Fri, April 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Indonesia says tsunami possible after quake off Sulawesi

Indonesia says tsunami possible after quake off Sulawesi

The country's geophysics agency issued a tusnami warning but later lifted it 40 minutes after it was imposed.

The USGS also notes that there are no "tsunami warnings, advisories, watches or threats", although they do not issue warnings for Indonesia.

The quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 17 kilometres (10 miles) off the east coast of Sulawesi island, the USGS said, where a 7.5-magnitude quake-tsunami around the city of Palu killed more than 4,300 people previous year.

The Indonesian geophysics agency is warning of a possible tsunami after a magnitude 6.8 quake struck Friday off the coast of Sulawesi island.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties but the USGS warned that considerable damage was possible in poorly built or badly designed structures.

The tremor off the eastern coast of Sulawesi is on the other side of the island from disaster-hit Palu, where residents still felt the quake despite being hundreds of kilometres away.

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The agency was monitoring for high waves as the quake had the potential to trigger a tsunami, it added.

At least 4,400 people were killed in the Palu disaster a year ago.

The quake was felt strongly in the nickel mining region of Morowali.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from the natural disaster, which hit at about 7.5 miles (12 kilometers), Reuters reported.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, which is the line along tectonic plates that circles the entire Pacific Rim where frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions occur. The vast Indonesian archipelago is home to more than 100 volcanoes.

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