More than 48 deceased and more than 400 injured during Massive Earthquake and Tsunami in Indonesia

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Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN)Rescuers scrambled to find survivors after a powerful earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi and triggered a tsunami, leaving at least 384 people dead.
After the 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit Friday, water smashed into buildings and swept away homes in Palu city. Scores were trapped in the debris, sleeping outdoors or severely wounded.
More than 540 people are being treated in several local hospitals amid the massive destruction in Palu and 29 people are missing.
The death toll could climb in the coming days, Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.
A resident is seen beside the collapsed brick wall of her house at Tobadak village in Central Mamuju, western Sulawesi province, on September 28 after a strong earthquake hit the area.

A massive quake

The horrific scene began Friday when the first in a series of tremors were felt at 3 p.m. (3 a.m. ET) 35 miles (56 km) north of Palu, according to the United States Geological Survey.
Three quakes of 4.9 and larger magnitudes were recorded up to three hours before the tremor near Palu, the USGS said.
The tremor triggered a tsunami that hit beaches in the cities of Palu and Donggala, officials said.
The tsunami was "about three meters high," Nugroho said.
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The shaking of the 7.5-magnitude tremor was "severe" and the likely damage following the quake was considered "moderate to heavy," the USGS said.
A series of aftershock quakes were reported in the aftermath of the quake, including a 5.8 magnitude tremor just 12 minutes later.
An early tsunami warning had been issued by the Indonesian meteorological agency but was later lifted after the agency ascertained that the water had receded.
Troops from the Indonesian National Armed Forces were being deployed to help deal with the effects of the earthquake and tsunami, according to the BNPB.
Writing on his official Twitter account Friday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said he was monitoring the situation and preparing for any post-earthquake eventualities.
    "May our brothers and sisters remain calm and be safe," he wrote.


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