The worst fears have come true as a city in Indonesia got hit by a tsunami after a strong 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
It was said that Indonesian TV showed a smartphone video of a powerful wave hitting the provincial capital Palu.
As the wave struck the island, the people were heard screaming and running in fear.
The Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics initially issued a tsunami alert.
The warning was that of possibility of up to three metre high waves but withdrew it later.
The tsunami struck apparently after the warning was lifted.
No casualties have so far been reported.
United States Geological Survey or USGS reported the epicenter to be around 56 km north of Donggala city.
The earthquake followed a 6.1 magnitude tremor that struck the same region, killing one person and injuring 10 earlier in the day. Several buildings were collapsed.
The spokesperson of the National Disaster Management Agency said in a statement that the first quake lasted 10 seconds and forced panicked residents to rush of their houses.
Indonesia’s deadliest ever tremor struck Sumatra island in 2014 and triggered a tsunami that killed nearly 280,000 people in around a dozen countries along the Indian Ocean.>