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At least 48 died in heavy earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, Indonesia

At least 48 people are confirmed to have died and more than 350 are injured in Palu after the earthquake and tsunami on the island of Sulawesi Indonesia on Friday, a spokesperson for the country’s emergency response said.

Spokeswoman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho also states that several hundred people in Palu are treated for injuries. Thousands of buildings collapsed and evacuations were still underway Saturday in Palu City in the Donggala region of Sulawesi, Indonesia’s Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said.

Palu is a city with about 380,000 inhabitants and is closer to 80 kilometers from the shells episel. The earthquake’s strength was measured at 7.5. The first in a series of tremors was felt at 3 PM on Friday at 35 miles north of Palu. Largest shock with a magnitude of 7.5 was detected 50 miles north of Palu.

The quake triggered a three meter high tsunami wave that hit the island of Sulawesi, where two cities were hit. Images on social media show the wave that hits land and destroys more houses and how panicked people try to escape.

Several people died when buildings collapsed because of the earthquake. The authorities have not provided confirmed numbers of lost or missing.

Update:

Number of deads are reported to be increased to 384, Read more here: At least 384 died after the earthquake in Indonesia

 

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