As many as 400 people were killed and scores injured in a powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Reports said that the toll may go up as search operations are on in different parts.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesperson for Indonesia?s disaster agency, has reportedly said that the authorities were still unable to reach areas worst hit by the 1.5-metre tsunami, such as the coastal city of Donggala. The reports of the toll has only been reported from Palu.
The extent of damage was yet to be ascertained. Communication system has totally failed,
Indonesia’s national disaster agency had earlier said that at least 48 people had been killed in Palu, while so far another 356 people had been injured.
The quake hit just off central Sulawesi at a depth of 10km just before 1100 GMT – early evening in Sulawesi – the US Geological Survey said.