Sunday, 25 August, 2019

Magnitude 7 Quake Strikes South of Indonesia, Tsunami Warning Issued - USGS

Earthquake of magnitude 7 strikes Indonesia's Sulawesi island USGS Representative image
Patty Aguilar | 14 April, 2019, 17:00

Previous year was also particularly tough, when Indonesia experienced more than 2,500 disasters ranging from a series of deadly earthquakes to killer landslides and volcanic eruptions.

The tsunami warning was later lifted as giant waves did not appear, but a warning was issued for the communities along the coastal lines to avoid the territories, authorities said.

Last September, a 7.5-magnitude quake and a subsequent tsunami in Palu on Sulawesi island killed more than 2,200 with a thousand more declared missing.

Indonesia issued the alert on Friday, urging people to evacuate to higher ground after the quake stuck off the coast of its island of Sulawesi.

One of the strongest intensities of the quake was felt at 4 MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) in Luwuk district, the official said.

Operations were running as normal, the mines confirmed.

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Gina Saerang of North Sulawesi's capital Manado said on social media the natural disaster was "strong and long lasting".

There were no immediate reports of casualties. However, the USGS has expressed the possibility of damage to poor construction or weak structures.

Earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions are common in Indonesia due to its proximity to the seismically-active Pacific "Ring of Fire".

Indonesia suffered its highest death toll in natural disasters in more than a decade past year, following two major tsunamis and several earthquakes.

It stretches along the Pacific Ocean coastlines, where the Pacific Plate grinds against other plates that form the Earth's crust.

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