Quake-hit Indonesians refuse to leave high ground

East Sulawesi rocked by 6.8 magnitude tremor – tsunami warning | The Thaiger

East Sulawesi rocked by 6.8 magnitude tremor – tsunami warning | The Thaiger

An quake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale rocked off Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province Friday evening and a tsunami warning was issued, an official of the meteorology and geophysics agency said. The Indonesian geophysics agency warned residents of the island that a tsunami was possible after the powerful quake.

The quake struck at 18.40 p.m. Jakarta time (1140 GMT) with an epicentre at 85 km southwest of Banggai Kepulauan and 10 km under the sea bed.

It did not say how many residents had refused to leave the high ground.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injury following the temblor.

It had estimated the wave at under a half a metre (20 inches). Hence, resulted the residents to flee to higher ground.

The epicentre of the quake was far from the Sulawesi city of Palu, which was devastated by an natural disaster and tsunami in September 2018 killing more than 4000 people.

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Kompas identified the victim as Daeng Pasang, 66.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes as it lies on a vulnerable quake-hit zone called "the Pacific Ring of Fire".

A tsunami alert had been sounded following the 6.8 magnitude quake in the region, which is still reeling in the aftermath from September's dual earthquakes and tsunami which claimed a staggering 4,340 lives.

Thousands in Palu were living in makeshift shelters six months after the September 28 disaster, with at least 170,000 residents of the city and surrounding districts displaced and entire neighbourhoods still in ruins, despite life returning to normal in other areas of the tsunami-struck city.

The force of last year's quake saw entire neighbourhoods levelled by liquefaction. In December, a deadly tsunami triggered by a volcanic eruption in the middle of the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands killed over 400 people.

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