Magnitude 6.8 earthquake hits Indonesia near Sulawesi island

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake has struck near Indonesia’s Sulawesi island.

Indonesia’s geophysics agency initially issued a tsunami warning, but it has since been lifted.

The warning was in place for about 40 minutes.

The quake hit at a depth of 10.5 miles (17km), according to the US Geological Survey.

In September, an earthquake and tsunami devastated the Sulawesi city of Palu and left more than 4,400 people dead.

The epicentre of the latest earthquake hit far from Palu, but it was felt there and caused terrified residents to run into the streets.

Disaster agency spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said it was felt in different areas for between four to six seconds and some eastern coastal regions had ordered residents to go to higher ground.

Indonesia sits on the seismically active Pacific “Ring of Fire”, so is vulnerable to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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