Indonesia Earthquake, Tsunami Causes Major Damage on Sulawesi Island

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At least 30 people were killed after a 7.5 magnitute quake followed by a massive tsunami hit the coastal city of Palu in Indonesia.

A 7.5 magnitude quake occurred Friday evening local time on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. "There is a ship washed ashore", Ms Karnawati said. Earlier Friday, a 6.1 magnitude quake killed one person, injured several others and damaged dozens of homes, according to the AP.

"Based on historical data and tsunami modelling, this natural disaster is not capable of generating a tsunami affecting the Indian Ocean region", said the Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia.

Footage posted online showed waves of water bring down several buildings and swamp a large mosque in Palu.

A man carries the body of a child who was killed in the tsunami.

Waves of up to two metres (6.6ft) high swept through the city of Palu on Sulawesi island after the magnitude 7.5 quake brought down several buildings and sent people fleeing from their homes.

Patients are evacuated from a hospital following a strong quake in Poso, central Sulawesi, Indonesia.

"People ran out in panic".

Indonesian president Joko Widodo said the military was being called in to the disaster-struck region to help search-and-rescue teams get to victims and find bodies.

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The shallow 7.5 magnitude tremor was more powerful than a series of quakes that killed hundreds on the Indonesian island of Lombok in July and August.

The main airport in Palu was shut after the tsunami struck and was expected to stay closed for at least 24 hours, complicating any disaster relief efforts.

Indonesia lies on the Ring of Fire, meaning it suffers from dozens of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions each year. According to a report by Metro TV, the natural disaster and the tsunami inflicted severe damange to infrastructure, including destroyed bridges, large cracks in roads and severely damaged buildings.

Hundreds of people were preparing for a beach festival to celebrate Palu's anniversary.

Palu was hit by tsunami in 1927 and 1968, according to BNPB.

In Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi province, the city of more than 380,000 people was strewn with debris from collapsed buildings.

The initial quake, which was followed by a series of powerful aftershocks, struck as evening prayers were about to begin in the world's biggest Muslim majority country on the holiest day of the week, when mosques are especially busy.

Quakes of similar magnitude can cause great damage to poorly built or badly designed structures, including the toppling of chimneys, columns and walls, according to USGS.

A man surveys the damage caused by quake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.