Indonesia rocked by magnitude 7.5 quake

A map provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows the epicenter of 7.5 magnitude earthquake which struck Indonesia on Sept. 28 2018.                        USGS

Some people climbed six metre (18 feet) trees to escape the tsunami and survived, Nugroho said.

Indonesian disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said houses were swept away and families were reported missing.

"Many bodies were found along the shoreline because of the tsunami", he said earlier.

"Most people killed were due to the tsunami because most of dead bodies were found on Talise beach on Palu Bay", Sutopo said. On Saturday, authorities were still having difficulties coordinating rescue efforts.

"There are reports that many buildings collapsed in the natural disaster", Sutopo said in a statement. The Communications Ministry is working to fix 276 electricity base stations.

"The most important things to do right now are fixing the electricity, communications, sending in food, also food for children and babies, tents, drugs".

But the damage from the second quake isn't done yet, authorities predict.

According to BMKG chief who is the head of the natural disaster and tsunami division, Rahmat Triyono said that a tsunami has happened in Palu which populates around 350,000 people almost. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. Saturday morning, only a helicopter could land to bring humanitarian assistance. Major damage is being reported.

"Telecommunication operators have been trying to use mobile backup power to reactivate the telecommunication network", Minister Rudiantara said in a press statement on Friday night.

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

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The second quake happened off the island of Sulawesi at 5.02pm local time (11.02am BST), according to Indonesia's agency for meteorology, climatology and geophysics. All of the aftershocks and foreshocks listed on the USGS's website were at least 4.6-magnitude or greater. Powerful earthquakes jolted the island of Sulawesi on Friday, damaging houses and triggering a tsunami.

Palu resident Morits Kodongan told the Jakarta-based private television network Metro TV that "residents need gasoline because it has started to run out". It depicts huge waves crashing into houses along Palu's shoreline.

Central Sulawesi was hit earlier on Friday by a magnitude 6.1 natural disaster.

President Jokowi will arrive in Palu on Sunday to monitor the handling of the emergency.

A series of earthquakes in July and August killed almost 500 people on the holiday island of Lombok, hundreds of kilometres southwest of Sulawesi.

A paramedic gives treatment to an quake survivor outside a hospital in Donggala, Indonesia Sulawesi Island, September 28, 2018.

We will continue to monitor this story as it develops.

"May our brothers and sisters remain calm and be safe", he wrote.

The quakes come a month after a trio of earthquakes hit several islands in the South Pacific and Indonesia, including Lombok, which is still recovering from the effects of an August 5 natural disaster that killed more than 430 people.

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