A 7.5-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Indonesia’s Sulawesi island sent a 7-foot tsunami careening into the seaside community of Palu overnight, devastating the coastline and producing the shocking video above, filled with panicked screams and people fleeing the rushing water.
The town is only 80 kilometers from the earthquake’s epicenter.
Unfortunately, officials had just lifted a tsunami warning when the massive wave surged into beachside homes and businesses.
At least five people are confirmed dead after the quake, though it’s unclear whether or not their deaths are tsunami related.
Karnawati also confirmed the tsunami had receded.
This earthquake came after a series of strong quakes in August killed hundreds on the island of Lombok, south of Sulawesi. Just hours before the 7.5-magnitude quake triggered the tsunami, Sulawesi was rocked by a 6.1-magnitude quake.
Families have been reported missing in Palu after the tsunami washed through, but details remain scarce.
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