An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 on the Richter scale, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), hit Sulawesi Island, 78 km (48 mi) north of Palu City, at 17:02 (local time) on Friday, September 28. A tsunami warning has been issued for Central Sulawesi and West Sulawesi provinces. An earthquake with a 6.0 magnitude that struck earlier in the day left one person dead and property damage. The extent of damage from the stronger earthquake is not yet known. Aftershocks are likely in the coming hours and days.
Individuals in the above areas are advised to evacuate coastal and low-lying areas and adhere to any advice or instructions issued by the local authorities.
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