Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Strong quake hits off eastern Indonesia

Strong quake hits off eastern Indonesia

The strong quake was centered at a depth of 10.5 miles below the surface and hit near a cluster of islands off the east coast of Central Sulawesi, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The warning was, however, lifted by authorities afterwards.

Video footage from Luwuk city showed scared residents - some carrying children - running from their homes and racing to higher ground on motorcycles.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The quake hit off the coast of eastern Sulawesi, on the other side of the island from disaster-hit Palu.

Kompas identified the victim as Daeng Pasang, 66.

The tremor comes just months after Sulawesi was hit by another natural disaster, killing more than 2,000 people on the island.

Indonesia has said the damage bill in Palu topped $900 million.

Indonesia lies on the seismically active Pacific "Ring of Fire" and is thus prone to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and resultant tsunamis.

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.

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.

The BMKG also called off an initial tsunami warning related to the quake at 19:47 WIB.

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