Tsunami in Indonesia: 384 Killed After 7.5 Earthquake Hits Coastal Indonesian City, Rescue Operations Underway
Tsunami in Indonesia: 384 Killed After 7.5 Earthquake Hits Coastal Indonesian City, Rescue Operations Underway (Photo Credits: IANS)

Jakarta, September 29: The death toll in the Indonesia quake-tsunami hit 384 on Saturday afternoon, officials confirmed. A strong tsunami was triggered after an earthquake of 7.5-magnitude hit a coastal Indonesian city on Friday. The tsunami devastated buildings and residential areas in the coastal areas and people were seen running on streets amid collapsing buildings. Reports by IANS informed that the giant sea wave of up to 2 metre (6.6ft) crashed into the city of Palu, located on Sulawesi Island, not long after authorities had lifted a tsunami warning.

A disaster agency was quoted in reports state that over 350 others were injured in the mishap after three shallow quakes of 6.0, 7.4 and 6.1-magnitude struck off the central province on Friday. Spokesman of the national disaster management agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho informed that all victims were immediately rushed to hospitals. The Spokesman further informed that soldiers, police, disaster management agency personnel and volunteers were pressed into service and began evacuating the quake and tsunami victims.

Indonesia is earthquake prone as the region lies on the Ring of Fire -- the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific Rim. More than half of the world's active volcanoes above sea level are part of the ring. Indonesia Earthquake: 6.1-Magnitude Quake Strikes in Sulawesi Island.  Dwikorita Karnawati, head of Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency stated that the situation is chaotic. "People are running on the streets and buildings collapsed. There is a ship washed ashore," he added.