A tsunami in Indonesia crashed into the island of Sulawesi with an enormous wave

A tsunami in Indonesia crashed into the island of Sulawesi with an enormous wave, forcing terrified onlookers to flee inland to escape the water.
Footage from the Indonesia island captured the moment the huge wave struck the coast submerging homes and quickly reaching high buildings.

Onlookers can be heard screaming as the water approaches before fleeing away. The screen briefly turns to black before returning to capture footage of the devastated surroundings.

The tsunami was sparked by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake that hit the island earlier on Friday.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake was centered at a depth of six miles approximately 35 miles away from the town of Donggala, in the northeast of the country.

The area was hit by a lighter quake earlier in the day, which destroyed some houses, killing one person and injuring at least 10 in Donggala, authorities said.

Some people took to Twitter saying they could not contact loved ones. One said: “My family in Palu is unreachable.”

The earthquake and tsunami have caused havoc with communications on the island as rescue agencies based in the capital Jakarta attempt to coordinate with local authorities.

He also warned the Indonesian Government expects “more damage and more victims” to be recorded in the coming hours.

Communications were down and the airport closed, hampering rescue efforts and making it impossible to assess the damage to life and property, officials said.

Additional footage from Sulawesi showed hundreds of injured people laying on stretchers waiting to be treated outside of hospital.

The USGS has recently updated its seismology report to include the possibility of up to 10,000 people dying.

Indonesia straddles the highly volatile Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’, where many of the world’s volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.

The country has been rocked by a string of deadly earthquakes on Lombok island this summer, leaving more than 500 people dead.

About 390,000 people remain displaced after the quakes, according to Indonesia’s disaster agency.

Reconstruction efforts are now underway on the island, with the disasters having caused £263 million ($340 million) in damage.

Dwikorita Karnawati, who heads Indonesia’s meteorology and geophysics agency BMKG, said: “The 1.5- to two-metre tsunami has receded.

“It ended. The situation is chaotic, people are running on the streets and buildings collapsed. There is a ship washed ashore.”

National search and rescue agency boss Muhammad Syaugi has announced they will deploy a large ship and helicopter to help with emergency rescue.

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