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A map supplied by the United States Geological Survey shows the epicenter of a magnitude six.eight earthquake that struck off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on April 12, 2019.

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The United States Geological Survey reported on Friday that a magnitude six.eight earthquake had struck just off Indonesia’s island of Sulawesi. The Indonesian geophysics agency warned residents of the island that a tsunami was feasible just after the effective quake.

There had been no instant reports of harm or injury following the temblor, which the USGS mentioned was centered in the Gulf of Tolo, about 60 miles south-southwest of Luwok, Indonesia. It place the depth of the quake at 11 miles.

“It is clear that the quake has tsunami possible,” Reuters quoted Indonesian geophysics agency spokesman Taufan Maulana as saying on Friday. He mentioned Sulawesi residents had been advised to “evacuate as quickly feasible.”

“The agency is monitoring for higher waves as the quake had the possible to trigger a tsunami,” the warning from the geophysics agency mentioned, adding that “the initially wave may well not be the largest.”

Tsunami warning referred to as off

Indonesian authorities lifted the tsunami warning not lengthy just after the quake struck on Friday, as the threat of a risky wave appeared to have subsided.

The country’s climate and geological agency mentioned in a tweet that the warning was lifted. It place the magnitude of the quake at six.9 on the Richter scale.

Panic in quake-weary Palu

The earthquake was felt strongly in the town of Palu, which was devastated by a quake and tsunami in September. Neighborhood residents had been noticed flooding into the streets in panic just after the shockwaves struck.

The disaster final year left extra than four,000 folks dead in Palu.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions due to its place on the seismically active Pacific “Ring of Fire.”

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