A spokesman for Indonesia’s geophysics agency says a powerful Sulawesi earthquake caused a tsunami, apparently after the agency lifted a tsunami warning.
Hary Tirto Djatmiko confirmed to The Associated Press that a tsunami occurred. He said the agency was still collecting information and would release it after confirming its accuracy.
“A tsunami has happened in Palu,” said Rahmat Triyono, head of the agency’s earthquake and tsunami division, referring to the city of 350,000 nearly 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the quake’s epicentre.
Indonesian TV showed a smartphone video of a powerful wave hitting the provincial capital, Palu, with people screaming and running in fear.
(With agency inputs)