Indonesia earthquake HITS: Huge 7.7 mag quake triggers TSUNAMI WAVE – Bali tremors felt

Friday, September 28, 2018
By Paul Martin

INDONESIA has been struck by a a major 7.7 magnitude earthquake today, prompting a tsunami alert hours after a series of quakes brought down houses in the same area.

Fri, Sep 28, 2018

Officials asked people in affected area to remain on the alert as a number of moderate aftershocks hit the area, and warned of more damage.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said in a televised interview, said: “We advise people to remain in safe area, stay away from damaged buildings.”

He said the national agency in Jakarta was having difficulties reaching some authorities in the area.

The US Geological Survey put the magnitude of the second quake at a strong 7.5, after first saying it was 7.7.

The earlier quake destroyed some houses, killing one person and injuring at least 10, authorities said.

Mr Nugroho said: “The second quake was felt very strongly, we expects more damage and more victims,”

The warning was lifted within the hour.

The massive earthquake measuring 7.7 magnitude hit Indonesia today after a 6.1 tremor overnight.

The first magnitude 6.1 tremor hit 55km north west of Palu, Central Sulawesi at 3.01pm (local time), striking at a depth of 18.1km, according to data from the US Geological Survey (USGS).

This was followed by a 5.4 magnitude quake, which struck 77km north east of Palu, just minutes later at 3.03pm (local time).

At 3.29pm (local time) a 4.9 magnitude tremor hit 57km north of Palu. Tremors were felt as far as Bali.

The series of earthquakes all landed in the Ring of Fire, so-called because a huge number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions take place there.

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