Massive Waves Crash on Shore as Tsunami Hits Indonesian Island of Sulawesi

By Reuters
September 29, 2018World News

At least 384 people were killed, many swept away by giant waves as they played on the beach, when a major earthquake and tsunami hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, authorities said on Sept. 29.

Hundreds had gathered for a festival on the beach of the city of Palu on Friday, Sept. 28, when waves up to six meters (18 feet) high smashed ashore just on dusk, sweeping many to their death and destroying anything in their path.

Video shared with Reuters showed giant waves crashing into shore, before moving quickly into the streets.

Viky Nadyah, sister of the person who recorded the footage, told Reuters that her sister, Amas was trapped in the parking lot for at least seven hours after the tsunami hit the island.

She added that her sister was too afraid to leave the parking lot, which was about four stories above the ground, after witnessing vehicles being swept away by waves. Amas was one of the hundreds who attended the festivities near the beach in Palu.

Strong aftershocks continued to rock the coastal city on Saturday morning following the massive 7.5 magnitude earthquake on Friday, which triggered the tsunami.

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