A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.8 hit near the coast of Sulawesi, Indonesia at 11:40 UTC on April 12, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 17.5 km (10.9 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.8 at a depth of M6.8 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).
The epicenter was located 100 km (62 miles) NE of Bungku, 103 km (64 miles) SSW of Luwuk and 207 km (129 miles) ESE of Poso, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.
There are about 310 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles).
A tsunami is possible, authorities said. Parts of the region have been evacuated.
Gempa 6,9 SR berpusat di 85 km barat daya Banggai Sulteng. BMKG melaporkan gemppa berpotensi di Kab Morowali dengan status Waspada.— Sutopo Purwo Nugroho (@Sutopo_PN) April 12, 2019
Guncangan gempa dirasakan kuat di Kota Palu, Kab Luwu, Morowali dan Banggai. Sebagian warga evakuasi. pic.twitter.com/ByzNqhlOGY
BMKG telah menyatakan peringatan dini tsunami yang disebabkan oleh gempa magnitudo 6.9 SR pada 12/4/2019 pukul 18:40:49 WIB, telah berakhir. Sebagian warga masih evakuasi ke tempat lebih tinggi. pic.twitter.com/POYtx4H9Zq— Sutopo Purwo Nugroho (@Sutopo_PN) April 12, 2019
139 000 people are estimated to have felt strong shaking, 230 000 moderate, 7 311 000 light and 9 893 000 weak.
Estimated population exposure to earthquake shaking
Selected cities exposed
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