Death toll is rising after quakes hit Friday an island in Indonesia

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Hundreds are injured. Hundreds are unaccounted for. More than 350 people are being treated in several local hospitals in the midst of the massive destruction in Palu. “Many bodies were found along the shoreline because of the tsunami, but the numbers are still unknown,” said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency BNPB. Authorities are urging residents to not go inside their homes and sleep away from building on fields, roads or yards because of possible aftershocks. The largest shock recorded Friday was a 7.5 magnitude. A three meters high tsunami followed. It hit beaches in the cities of Palu and Donggala.

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People in Indonesia after quake

The quake and tsunami caused a major power outage that cut communications around Palu. Damage following the quake was considered “moderate to heavy.” The disaster mitigation agency has not been able to get any information from the fishing town of Donggala, closer to the epicenter of the quake. Troops from the Indonesian National Armed Forces were being deployed to help. Indonesian President Joko Widodo said he was monitoring the situation and preparing for any post-earthquake eventualities.The quakes come a month after a trio of earthquakes hit several islands in the South Pacific and Indonesia.

 

UPDATE

At least 394 died after quake in Indonesia.

UPDATE II

Death toll from quake is now at least 830.

UPDATE III

Death toll from quake is now at least 1400.

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