Parts of Indonesia Rocked By 7.5 Earthquake Followed by 10-Foot Tsunami

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes

The tsunami was caused by a magnitude 7.5 natural disaster off the coast, according to the BBC, producing waves up to 6 feet that crashed through Sulawesi island, where Palu is located.

He said in a live TV interview Friday that houses were swept away and families are reported missing.

The tsunami up to two meters tall swept way houses in Palu, the capital of central Sulawesi province.

A collapsed shopping mall in Palu, Central Sulawesi after a 7.5 magnitude quake hit the area.

The wave followed a magnitude-7.5 natural disaster, which came hours after a milder quake hit the same area, killing one person and injuring at least 10, and officials expect further damage.

A magnitude 7.5 quake struck Indonesia on Friday.

Local media reports that the airport at Palu has been closed until Saturday evening.

In the video footage, a vast volume of seawater can be seen sweeping through the streets and buildings, as people scream and flee for their lives.

Initial tremors had triggered a tsunami warning which was lifted after some time.

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An earlier magnitude 6.1 quake in central Sulawsi killed several people, injured 10 and damaged dozens of houses.

But the latest quake was a higher magnitude than those that killed hundreds on the island of Lombok earlier this year.

Among the country's other big earthquakes, a 6.3-magnitude quake in 2006 rocked a densely populated region of Java near the city of Yogyakarta, killing around 6,000 people and injuring 38,000.

He said communications with central Sulawesi were down and the search and rescue effort was being hampered by darkness.

Indonesia's Disaster Management Agency said that several buildings in the city were damaged.

When it hits the building they are in, screams can be heard and the video goes black.

Sutopo said there was "much damage" in the Donggala area, which is home to about 300,000 people.

Indonesia is prone to quake as it lies on a vulnerable quake-affected area popularly known as "the Pacific Ring of Fire".

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