A powerful quake of 6.8 magnitude rocked off Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province on Friday, the country's meteorology and geophysics agency said, triggering a tsunami warning that forced panicked people to evacuate their homes. The tsunami warning was later lifted as giant waves did not appear, but a warning was issued for the communities along the coastal lines to avoid the territories, authorities said.
The epicentre of the quake, which occurred at 6.40 pm (western Indonesia time), was 85 km southwest of Southeast Sulawesi. As per the reports one person has died.
The quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 17 kilometres (10 miles) off Sulawesi, where a 7.5-magnitude quake-tsunami around the city of Palu killed more than 4,300 people previous year. However, the tremors were felt there and caused people to run into the streets in panic.
Indonesia suffered its highest death toll in natural disasters in more than a decade a year ago, following two major tsunamis and several earthquakes, with more than 3,000 killed in Palu, also in Central Sulawesi, the site of Friday's quake.
The force of last year's quake saw entire neighbourhoods levelled by liquefaction.
Apart from the damage to tens of thousands of buildings, the disaster destroyed fishing boats, shops and irrigation systems, robbing residents of their income.
"There's a little bit of damage, but nothing significant and there are no casualties", he said.
A tsunami alert had been sounded following the 6.8 magnitude natural disaster in the region, which is still reeling in the aftermath from September's dual earthquakes and tsunami which claimed a staggering 4,340 lives.
Indonesia is highly susceptible to earthquakes and tsunamis as it lies in the highly seismic Ring of Fire, an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean.
A year ago 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.
In late 2018, a volcano in the middle of the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands erupted and unleashed a tsunami that killed more than 400 people.