Indonesia lifts tsunami warning after magnitude 6.8 quake off Sulawesi

The quake struck east of Indonesia's Sulawesi Island at a depth of 17 kilometres

After conducting some analyses, the BMKG revised the scale of the major natural disaster which jolted C. Sulawesi on 18:40 WIB from 6.9 magnitude to 6.8 magnitude.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) confirmed the 6.8 magnitude quake hit on Friday afternoon at a depth of 17 kilometres.

More than 4,300 people were killed due to a 7.5 magnitude quake that hit the city previous year.

"It is clear that the quake has tsunami potential", said geophysics agency spokesman Taufan Maulana.

'Residents are advised to evacuate as soon possible'.

"According to BMKG monitoring, until 21:00 Western Indonesia Time (WIB), some 20 aftershocks have occurred in various magnitudes", Xinhua quoted the Chairperson of Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) as saying.

This is a developing story.

Gina Saerang of North Sulawesi's capital Manado said on social media the quake was "strong and long lasting". Local residents were seen flooding the streets in panic following Friday's tremor.

Past year was also particularly tough, when Indonesia experienced more than 2,500 disasters ranging from a series of deadly earthquakes to killer landslides and volcanic eruptions.

There were no immediate reports about casualties or destruction.

The Pacific "Ring of Fire". A string of 452 volcanoes stretches from the southern tip of South America, up along the coast of North America, across the Bering Strait, down through Japan, and into New Zealand. "A series of towering waves swept away thousands of people", says Smithsonian Magazine.

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