Published: Thu, October 11, 2018

Indonesia to end search for thousands missing from quake and tsunami

Indonesia to end search for thousands missing from quake and tsunami

"A tsunami threat exists for parts of the Pacific located closer to the natural disaster", the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said, adding that the waves were forecast to be under 30 centimetres for the coasts of Papua New Guinea and the nearby Solomon Islands.

At least 2,045 people have been confirmed dead and as many as 5,000 others are believed to be missing after a 7.5-magnitude natural disaster struck the coast of one of the Southeast Asian archipelago's largest islands on September 28.

"The natural disaster happened early Thursday when they were sleeping and the quake suddenly rocked so they didn't have time to evacuate", he said, adding that damage caused by the tremor was not widespread.

The agency said the worst affected area was in Sumenep district, East Java where three people died in one village and several homes were damaged.

Some guests at the hotel in Nusa Dua, south of Bali's main worldwide airport fled outside after the strong tremor shook the building.

"The quake was very big". I immediately woke up and took my little kids out of the house.

"All my neighbours were also running", said the mother of two.

"As long as they keep searching, I will be here every day looking for my son", said Rahman, who said he had lost three sons in the disaster. "People were sleeping but got woken up by it", Tonny Akbar Mahendro told AFP.

"The quake didn't trigger any tsunami for sure", Dwikorita Karnawati told AFP.

The quake, which began in the Bali Sea, shook buildings for several seconds.

The strong quake's epicentre was in the Bali Sea around 40 kilometres off the eastern end of Java island, according to the USGS, and was felt in Denpasar on the holiday island of Bali.

The USGS put the epicentre as 40km (25 miles) northeast of Sumberanyar on nearby Java island.

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are holding annual meetings on Bali through Sunday.

The Baiturrahman mosque is seen after being hit by the quake and tsunami in the city of Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia on October 2 2018.

Indonesian authorities Thursday called off the search for thousands still believed missing since a powerful natural disaster and tsunami devastated Palu city a fortnight ago, killing more than 2,000 people.

Indonesia is prone to disaster, situated on one of the most seismically active parts of the world known as the Pacific "Ring of Fire".

Balaroa and other Palu neighborhoods were devastated by liquefaction, which happens when a quake shakes soft, damp soil, turning it into a viscous, roiling liquid.

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