Indonesia has issued a tsunami warning after a powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sulawesi island.
A spokesman for Indonesia’s Geophysical Agency announced the warning after the quake hit on Friday.
“It is clear that the quake has tsunami potential,” Taufan Maulana said. “Residents are advised to evacuate as soon possible.” He added that the agency is monitoring for high waves as the quake had the potential to trigger a tsunami.
It struck 280 km (174 miles) south of the province of Gorontalo at a depth of 43 km (27 miles), according to the United States Geological Survey.
The warning was issued for coastal communities in the Morowali district. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties but the USGS warned that considerable damage was possible in poorly built or badly designed structures.