Indonesia’s Sulawese Island is the latest part of the country to be hit by an earthquake. There are no reports of casualties yet, but, like other regions over the past few days, it’s on tsunami alert. With a magnitude of 6.6, the Sulawese quake was less powerful than the two which rocked Sumatra yesterday.
Around 10 people died along the Sumatra’s western coastline. But it’s feared the death toll will rise. The rescue operations are focused on the city of Padang and the Bengkulu region. Part of Padang’s main hospital is reported have been destroyed.
As aid pours into the effected area, it has emerged the outcome could have been much worse. Australian seismologists say Sumatra escaped being swamped by a tsunami like that of 2004, because the wave generated this time was forced away from the coast and out into the Indian Ocean.