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In a recent amateur video that went viral in the internet, footage of tidal wave hitting the coastal areas near Palu Grand Mall was captured by an unknown citizen.
It shows how the sea water was empty on the coast side while the white waves are fast approaching the area. They are on top floor of the mall when the video was taken.
As the video, it swiped up the whole area near the coast hitting heavily the Baiturrahman Mosque located near the Mall. This event is confirmed by Iksam, an official of the Central Sulawesi Museum in Palu that there has been smashing of seawater in the area before the phone connection was lost.
Before this event happened, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake was experienced in Central Sulawesi that killed one person and injured at least 10 people. The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) had issued a warning to the public that there is a possibility of tsunami to hit the area but then cancelled after another earthquake occurred at 5:00 pm Jakarta time only a short time after the first earthquake happened.
Spokesperson of National Disaster and Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Sutupo Purwo Nugroho said in an interview on Friday that the earthquake was experienced around 27 kilometers north east of Donggala at 10km depth.
The earthquake and tsunami has brought great damage in the country of Indonesia and it is reported that there is a challenge in their rescue operation because of the intermittent phone signal and roads that are blocked by fallen trees and debris.