At Least 30 Dead in Indonesian Quake, Tsunami

Indonesia At least 384 killed after earthquake tsunami hits Sulawesi island

The tremor triggered a tsunami that hit beaches in the cities of Palu and Donggala, officials said.

Sutopo said they had not "got any information out of Donggala" yet.

More than 500 people are reportedly injured, dozens more are missing, and the island is now without electricity.

"The tsunami didn't come by itself, it dragged cars, logs, houses, it hit everything on land", Nugroho said.

Residents carry a bag containing the body of a tsunami victim in Palu.

Houses were swept away and families were reported missing, Nugroho said, adding that communications and power to the area were disrupted. The city was eerily dark and quiet with no electricity and not even landline phones working. Hospital patients in Palu are being treated outside the building to avoid the danger of potential aftershocks.

"We need tents, medicine, canvas, nurses ..."

"We are receiving reports of widespread damage to buildings because of the quake".

The main airport in Palu was shut after the tsunami struck and was expected to stay closed for at least 24 hours, complicating any disaster relief efforts. A few houses were also damaged, according to authorities.

A large ship was washed 70 metres inland by the wave.

Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency said "many bodies" had been found along the shoreline of the Indonesian city of Palu on Sulawesi island which was hit by a major quake and a tsunami on Friday.

Some of the worst hit areas include the districts of South Banewa, Central Banewa, Sinhue and Soyol in Donggala Regency, "but we have not been able to access these areas" Sutopo said.

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Indonesia's president says he instructed the security minister to coordinate the government's response to a quake and tsunami that hit central Sulawesi.

Palu is the capital of Central Sulawesi province.

Sulawesi is about 1600 kilometres north-east of Jakarta. Video on social media showed people screaming and fleeing in panic and a mosque amongst the buildings damaged, the BBC reported.

Earlier, the head of the country's search and rescue agency Muhammad Syaugi told AFP that local staff had found "many" dead bodies. The natural disaster then triggered a 10 foot tsunami.

Anthonius Gunawan Agung, 21, was the only person left in the control tower at the Air Traffic Tower of Mutiara Sis Al Jufri Airport in Palu when the magnitude-7.5 quake struck the coastal city on Friday.

Residents look for their belongings amid the debris of destroyed houses in Palu in Central Sulawesi on September 29, 2018, after a strong quake and tsunami struck the area.

On Friday, another natural disaster, of 6.1 magnitude, killed one person and injured 10 people.

"May our brothers and sisters remain calm and be safe", he wrote.

Patients are evacuated from a hospital following a strong natural disaster in Poso, central Sulawesi.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency put the official death toll at 384 based on hospital reports, nearly all them in the hard-hit city of Palu.

Indonesia sits on the seismically Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes.

A 7.5 magnitude tremor - the largest shock recorded Friday - triggered a tsunami that hit beaches in the cities of Palu and Donggala, officials said.