Tsunami warning lifted in Indonesia

Tsunami warning lifted in Indonesia

A tsunami alert had been sounded following the 6.8 magnitude natural disaster in the region, which is still reeling in the aftermath from September's dual earthquakes and tsunami which claimed a staggering 4,340 lives. As per the reports one person has died.

However, Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has advised the coastal communities in Morowali district to be on alert for possible aftershocks.

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

Some 1,300 families have returned home, it said, adding that some residents of another small island near the epicentre of Friday's 6.8 magnitude quake were still refusing to return from higher ground.

It did not say how many residents had refused to leave the high ground.

Mohammad Sholeh, police chief of Poso city on Sulawesi, said the quake's impact there had been minor.

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The geophysics agency lifted the warning around 40 minutes after it was imposed, it said on Twitter.

Indonesia has said the damage bill in Palu topped $900 million.

The epicenter of the quake was off the coast of eastern Sulawesi, 175 miles south of the province of Gorontalo and on the other side of the island from disaster-hit city of Palu, where a 7.5-magnitude quake followed by a 20ft tsunami killed more than 4,400 people last September. However, the tremors were felt there and caused people to run into the streets in panic.

On Boxing Day 2004, a 9.1-magnitude quake struck westernmost Aceh province, causing a tsunami and killing more than 170,000 in Indonesia.

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.

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