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Tsunami warning in Indonesia!

14 April 2019

A strong 7.0-magnitude quake struck off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on 12 April, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake which hit Friday at a depth of 17 kilometers (10.5 miles) had a magnitude of 6.8.

After the tsunami warning, the Department of Disaster Management has appealed to people to evacuate the area in Morowali of Sulawesi as a precaution.

On Sept. 28, 2018, a 7.5 magnitude quake and its resulting tsunami hit Palu, Indonesia, killing 4,340.

"The natural disaster has the potential to trigger a tsunami", Harry Tirto, BMKG spokesperson, said in a release obtained by The Jakarta Post.

The tsunami warning was in effect for about 40 minutes.

But the agency lifted the tsunami warning as the risk of a unsafe wave appeared to have subsided. Residents were seen panicking and running into the streets, CBS reported.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

A year ago was also particularly tough, when Indonesia experienced more than 2,500 disasters ranging from a series of deadly earthquakes to killer landslides and volcanic eruptions. "Several active and dormant volcanoes in Antarctica, however, "close" the ring", according to National Geographic. "A series of towering waves swept away thousands of people", says Smithsonian Magazine.

Tsunami warning in Indonesia!