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Video shows tsunami hitting Indonesian town after 7.7-magnitude quake

/ 11:13 PM September 28, 2018

The Jakarta Post / Asia News Network

Mobile phone footage showing a tidal wave hitting a coastal area has been circulating online after a series of strong earthquakes rocked Central Sulawesi on Friday.

The footage purportedly shows a number of small restaurants near the Palu Grand Mall swept away by the wave, which some have referred to as a tsunami online.

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It also shows the water hitting the heavily damaged Baiturrahman Mosque located next to the mall.

The Jakarta Post could not independently verify the authenticity of the video, but a Google Maps search of the Palu Grand Mall and Baiturrahman Mosque resulted in images that match the landscape and landmarks shown in the video.

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Iksam, an official of the Central Sulawesi Museum in Palu, confirmed the event to The Jakarta Post. “Yes, there was a smashing of seawater,” he said, before the phone connection broke down.

An earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter magnitude scale rocked Central Sulawesi shortly after a 6.0-magnitude quake killed one and injured at least 10 people in Donggala, Central Sulawesi, on Friday afternoon.

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The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) had issued but then quickly revoked a tsunami warning after the strong earthquake occurred at 5:02 p.m. Jakarta time, only a few hours after the first earthquake.

The USGS website mentions a 7.5-magnitude quake.

National and Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a release on Friday that the quake hit the area about 27 kilometers north east of Donggala, at a depth of 10 km.

The earthquake was larger in magnitude than the 2006 Yogyakarta earthquake, which measured 6.4 in magnitude, and the recent 7.0-magnitude Lombok earthquake in August. /jpv

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