A strong earthquake of 6.8 magnitude has rocked the eastern part of Indonesia. As per the reports one person has died. Also, a tsunami warning has been issued after this earthquake struck off the east coast of Sulawesi Island, Indonesia. Hence, resulted the residents to flee to higher ground.
The US Geological Survey said that the quake which had hit a depth of 17.5 km. Indonesia’s disaster agency issued a tsunami warning for coastal communities in Morowali district, and residents were advised to move away from the coast.
The epicentre of the quake was far from the Sulawesi city of Palu, which was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in September 2018 killing more than 4000 people. However, the tremors were felt there and caused people to run into the streets in panic.
Authorities warn considerable damage to poorly built structures possible in Sulawesi from 6.8-magnitude quake.
The local residents mentioned that the earthquake was a strong and long lasting one. Indonesia is situated along the seismic and earthquake hotspot known as the Ring of Fire.
The force of last year’s quake saw entire neighbourhoods levelled by liquefaction. It is a process where the ground starts behaving like a liquid and swallows up the earth like quicksand.
Image Credit: USGS
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