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Major tsunami hits Indonesia after a shallow M7.5 earthquake, more than 830 killed, 540 injured
A major tsunami struck parts of Indonesia after powerful M7.5 earthquake hit the island of Sulawesi at 10:02 UTC (17:02 local time). The quake followed M6.1 earthquake at 07:00 UTC in which at least 1 person lost its life and 10 others were injured. Numerous moderate to strong aftershocks shook the region over the next few hours.  Tsunami waves up to 3 m (10 feet) hit the city of Palu, a growing tourist resort with a population of about 350 000 and the nearby fishing town of Donggala (population 280 000), both located some 80 km (50 miles) from the epicenter, after Indonesian authorities lifted the tsunami alert. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesperson of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said communications had been cut off in both cities, adding that officials hope to be able to gauge the scale of the damage at daybreak.  Unofficial reports received by 18:00 UTC, September 28 (01:00 l…