The massive earthquake measuring 7.7 magnitude hit Indonesia today after a 6.1 tremor overnight, triggering a tsunami warning.

The huge 7.7 magnitude quake was recorded near the island of Sulawesi, east of Borneo, the US Geological Survey said.

An earlier quake destroyed some houses, killing one person and injuring at least 10, authorities said. 

It wasn’t immediately clear whether there were injuries.

The first magnitude 6.1 tremor hit 55km north west of Palu, Central Sulawesi at 3.01pm (local time), striking at a depth of 18.1km, according to data from the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Donggala resident Mohammad Fikri said by telephone that he ran from his house but there wasn’t great panic in his neighborhood.

“All the things in my house were swaying and the quake left a small crack on my wall,” he told The Associated Press.

A series of earthquakes in July and August killed nearly 500 people on the holiday island of Lombok, hundreds of miles southwest of Sulawesi.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. The series of earthquakes all landed in the Ring of Fire, so-called because a huge number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions take place there.

In December 2004, a massive magnitude 9.1 earthquake off Sumatra in western Indonesia triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

Source: AP

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