Strong 6.8 quake hits off eastern Indonesia, tsunami warning: USGS

The quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 17km off the east coast of Sulawesi island

The quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 17km off the east coast of Sulawesi island

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) issued a tsunami warning after a 6.9 magnitude quake struck Morowali, Central Sulawesi on Friday evening at 6:40 p.m.

A tsunami warning issued after a 6.8 magnitude quake struck off Sulawesi island in Indonesia has been lifted, the country's geophysics agency said.

A 7.5-magnitude quake hit the other side of Sulawesi a year ago, triggering a tsunami which hit the city of Palu and killed more than 4,300 people.

The tsunami warning has been issued and some residents in central Sulawesi were advised to evacuate, Reuters reported citing local official. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties but the USGS warned that considerable damage was possible in poorly built or badly designed structures.

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The epicentre of the quake was far from the central Sulawesi city of Palu, which was devastated by an natural disaster and tsunami in September, but it was felt there and and people ran into the streets in panic.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions due to its location on the seismically active Pacific "Ring of Fire".

The sprawling archipelago is also lined with over 100 volcanoes.

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