POWERFUL earthquakes jolted the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, damaging houses and killing many person.
According to the US Geological Survey, the strongest of two major quakes had a magnitude of 7.5. Also, reported that they centered at a depth of 10 km about 56 km northeast of the central Sulawesi town of Dong gala.
The quake briefly triggered a tsunami warning.
An official with the local disaster agency, Akris, said “many houses have collapsed.”
“It happened while we still have difficulties in collecting data from nine villages affected by the first quake,” Akris told.
“We advise people to remain in safe areas, stay away from damaged buildings,” Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.
He added that the national agency in Jakarta was having difficulties reaching some authorities in the area.
The earlier quake destroyed some houses, killing one person and injuring at least 10, authorities said.
“The (second) quake felt strong, expected more damage and more victims,” Nugroho said.
A series of earthquakes in July and August killed nearly 500 people on the holiday island of Lombok, hundreds of kilometres southwest of Sulawesi.
Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes.