Tsunami warning lifted after strong quake hits off Indonesia

East Sulawesi rocked by 6.8 magnitude tremor – tsunami warning | The Thaiger

East Sulawesi rocked by 6.8 magnitude tremor – tsunami warning | The Thaiger

The BMKG, after carrying out further analyses, changed the scale of the major quake which rattled C. Sulawesi on 18:40 WIB from 6.9 magnitude to 6.8 magnitude. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the quake, which hit 280 km (175 miles) south of the province of Gorontalo at a depth of 43 km, the agency added.

One person trying to flee fell and died, Kompas.com news website reported, citing a provincial health worker.

"We have issued a tsunami warning as this quake is potential for that", the official in charge of the agency told Xinhua over phone.

An AFP reporter in the city said there were no signs of major property damage.

Video footage from Luwuk city showed scared residents - some carrying children - running from their homes and racing to higher ground on motorcycles.

On Friday, a tsunami warning was issued for coastal communities in Morowali district, where residents were advised to move away from the coast.

The quake struck at 18:40 (local time) with an epicentre 10 kilometres under the seabed, the agency said.

An natural disaster measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale rocked off Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province Friday evening and a tsunami warning was issued, an official of the meteorology and geophysics agency said.

The tremor off the eastern coast of Sulawesi is on the other side of the island from disaster-hit Palu, where residents still felt the quake despite being hundreds of kilometres away.

Indonesia suffered its highest death toll in natural disasters in more than a decade previous year, following two major tsunamis and several earthquakes, with more than 3,000 killed in Palu, also in Central Sulawesi, the site of Friday's quake.