Tsunami tears through Indonesian city of Palu after 7.5 magnitude natural disaster

Indonesia's meteorology climatology and geophysics agency said there was no risk of a tsunami after a quake struck off the coast of Sulawesi island on Sept 28 2018

Indonesia's meteorology climatology and geophysics agency said there was no risk of a tsunami after a quake struck off the coast of Sulawesi island on Sept 28 2018

A tsunami was reported to have hit the cities of Palu and Donggala, the Indonesia disaster agency said.

"All national potential will be deployed, and tomorrow morning we will deploy Hercules and helicopters to provide assistance in tsunami-affected areas", he said.

Video footage that is believed to have been shot in Palu shows a massive moving wall of water hitting buildings and inundating streets.

Pictures supplied by the agency showed a badly damaged shopping mall in Palu where at least one floor had collapsed onto the storey below, while other photographs showed major damage to buildings and large cracks across pavements.

BMKG put the magnitude of the quake at 7.4, while the US Geological Survey said it was 7.5, after first saying it was 7. 7.

It followed a fatal 6.1 magnitude quake earlier Friday, which left one person dead and at least 10 people injured.

Karnawati, told News.com.au that the tsunami waves reached up to 3 m (9.8 feet) high in some parts.

Patients are evacuated from a hospital following a strong quake in Poso, central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018.

The wave tore through several of the island's coastal cities and towns, including the capital Palu, on Friday.

Evacuations are underway and people have been advised to remain alert and outside their homes.

It lies on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and numerous world s volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.

This handout photograph taken and released on September 28, 2018 by Indonesia's National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) shows a collapsed house following an quake in Donggala, Central Sulawesi. A tsunami warning was initially issued by the country's meteorological agency, but was lifted a short time later.

More than 600,000 people live in Donggala and Palu.

Last month, earthquakes which struck the Indonesian island of Lombok, killed hundreds.

Sutopo Purow Nugroho, a National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman, said communications with the earthquake-stricken region were disrupted.

Another 6.1 magnitude quake had hit the same area just hours earlier.

A massive magnitude-9.1 quake struck off Sumatra in western Indonesia in December 2004.

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