Residents in Indonesia are on high alert after a magnitude 6.8 earthquake rattled the area of Sulawesi Island. The quake was strong enough for a tsunami warning to be issued, but the warning expired early because there were no signs that one was forming. However, because of the strength of the earthquake, seismologists realized that a devastating tsunami could have occurred.
Officials in the area urged residents to seek shelter on higher ground until the warning was lifted. Although the earthquake didn’t occur near Palu, residents still felt shaking while they were in their homes and on the streets. This is an area that is still trying to recover from an earthquake and a tsunami that occurred there in September. While no reports of significant damage have been reported, residents are still concerned that another earthquake could happen at any time. This seems to be an area with a lot of activity in recent months with quakes only getting stronger.
The earthquake lasted for several minutes and was very strong even if there wasn’t a lot of damage reported. One of the reasons why Indonesia sees more earthquakes than other areas of the world is because it’s located near the Ring of Fire. There are several active volcanoes in the region that cause earthquakes to occur. The ground above and below the ocean’s surface is highly active seismically, which means that residents have to pay attention to warnings and possible signs of an impending earthquake. However, those signs sometimes don’t come until it’s too late. Indonesia has seen at least 3,000 deaths in recent years due to tsunamis and earthquakes. Homes have been reduced to rubble with people still cleaning up after September’s disaster. Officials are monitoring reports of any aftershocks and the potential for any tsunami warning to be issued in the near future.