Earthquake of 5.4 magnitude strikes Sulawesi, Indonesia

Earthquake of 5.4 magnitude strikes Sulawesi, Indonesia

Earthquake Sulawesi
The quake struck 129km (80 miles) southeast of the city of Palu at a depth of 10km on Sunday (Mar 24), according to USGS. (Image: USGS)

JAKARTA: A magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Sunday (Mar 24), the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The quake struck 129km (80 miles) southeast of the city of Palu at a depth of 10km. It was revised from an originally reported magnitude of 5.8 and depth of 36km.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

A quake-and-tsunami disaster killed more than 2,000 people on Sulawesi last year.

The 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit off Sulawesi island on Sep 28 and sent destructive waves charging into the coast, reducing buildings in Palu to rubble and sweeping people to their deaths.

The city was not regarded as being at high-risk of a tsunami and was left grossly unprepared for the catastrophe, which has so far claimed more than 1,400 lives with hundreds more injured and missing.

Source: Reuters/mn

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