In this photo released by the Disaster Management Agency, a house sits damaged after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake early Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Donggala, central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Powerful earthquakes jolted the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday, damaging houses and briefly triggered a tsunami warning. (Disaster Management Agency via AP)

The Latest: Indonesia says Sulawesi quake caused tsunami

September 28, 2018 - 9:21 am

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on a powerful earthquake that rocked central Sulawesi in Indonesia (all times local):

8:10 p.m

A spokesman for Indonesia's geophysics agency says a powerful Sulawesi earthquake caused a tsunami, apparently after the agency lifted a tsunami warning.

Hary Tirto Djatmiko confirmed to The Associated Press that a tsunami occurred. He said the agency was still collecting information and would release it after confirming its accuracy.

Indonesian TV showed a smartphone video of a powerful wave hitting the provincial capital, Palu, with people screaming and running in fear.


5:40 p.m.

Indonesia's disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho says a tsunami warning for the island of Sulawesi has been lifted.

It was triggered by a shallow magnitude 7.5 quake that jolted central Sulawesi on Friday.

The quake has been followed by strong aftershocks and a local disaster official tells The Associated Press that many houses have collapsed.


5:15 p.m.

A powerful earthquake has rocked central Sulawesi in Indonesia and authorities have issued a tsunami warning.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.5 quake was centered at a depth of 6 miles (10 kilometers) about 35 miles (56 kilometers) northeast of the town of Donggala.

Earlier Friday, the same area was hit by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake that killed one person, injured 10 and damaged dozens of houses.

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