BREAKING: 7.5 Earthquake And 10-Foot Tsunami Hits Indonesia, Kills 48, Injures Hundreds

Posted: Sep 29, 2018 1:45 AM

A 7.5 earthquake hit Indonesia's central coastline in Sulawesi. The earthquake then triggered a 10 foot tsunami. Both events occurred back-to-back on Friday night, the Associated Press reported.

The capital of Central Sulawesi providence houses more than 380,000 people and is built arround a narrow bay that magnified the force of the tsunami waters. 

According to disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, in Palu alone, 48 people have been reported dead and hundreds are injured, although he says "many victims" have yet to be accounted ford.

Search and rescue efforts have been difficult because the lack of power and telecommunications. To make things even worse, Palu's airport has a cracked runway and a damaged control tower.

According to U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric, the U.N. has been in contact with the Indonesian government and "stand ready to provide support as required." 

Here are some of the photos and videos coming in on social media:

This is a breaking news story. As more information comes in this post will be updated.

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