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Swept away in tsunami Elias Hubbard September 30, 2018

A tsunami that hit two central Indonesian cities swept away buildings and pulveriz ed a substantial bridge, dumping victims caught in its relentless path across a devastated landscape that rescuers Saturday were struggling to reach, hindered by damaged roads and broken communications.

On Saturday, authorities were still having difficulties co-ordinating rescue efforts without power and communications as the area was rocked by aftershocks.

The video shows powerful waves more than 6 feet high hitting the area, causing panic among the locals as one can hear them screaming and shouting. People are running on the streets and buildings have collapsed.

A tsunami up to 2m high swept through Palu at dusk on Friday after the sleepy but growing tourist resort was rocked by a 7.5 magnitude quake.

A resident is seen beside the collapsed brick wall of her house at Tobadak village in Central Mamuju, western Sulawesi province, after a 7.5 magnitude natural disaster hit the area.

Authorities received information that Palu had been hit, said Dwikorita Karnawati, who heads Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency, BMKG, amid a rapid series of aftershocks.

The quake was larger in magnitude than the 2006 Yogyakarta natural disaster, which measured 6.4 in magnitude, and the recent 7.0-magnitude Lombok quake in August.

Earlier on Friday, a nearby quake with a magnitude 5.0 struck the same area.

A tsunami makes landfall at Palu wiping out buildings
A tsunami makes landfall at Palu wiping out buildings

"People are encouraged to remain vigilant", he said.

Donggala was hit earlier Friday by a magnitude 6.1 quake that based on preliminary information killed one person, injured 10 and damaged dozens of houses.

The airport in Palu city is reported to be closed.

More than 600-thousand people live in the worst-hit cities of Palu and Donggala.

The wave tore through several of the island's coastal cities and towns, including the capital Palu, on Friday. The quake triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries. Woman and children wailed hysterically in a video distributed by the disaster agency, which also released a photo showing a heavily damaged department store. The strongest I ever felt.

A tsunami in 2004, triggered by an natural disaster off the island of Sumatra, killed more than 120,000 Indonesians and 226,000 people across the Indian Ocean.

The 2004 tsunami triggered by an quake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra killed 226,000 across the Indian Ocean, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.

The Indonesian archipelago is especially prone to quakes as its part of the so-called "Ring of Fire", a series of fault lines and volcanoes in the Indian Ocean.

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