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The Indonesian tsunami struck after the warning was lifted because of the nearest tidal sensor, 300 kilometres South of the city, Palu reading an "insignificant" six-centimetre wave.

The Indonesian disaster agency spokesperson, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, has reported that 384 people have been killed in the hard-hit city of Palu alone, with communications completely crippled, there is yet to be information about survivors from Donggala.

Indonesia's Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, issued the tsunami warning on Saturday afternoon local time, however, has not yet received word from the city of 300,000 people. "When the (tsunami) threat arose yesterday, people were still doing their activities on the beach and did not immediately run and they became victims," said Mr Nugroho. "The tsunami didn't come by itself, it dragged cars, logs, houses, it hit everything on land," he said, adding that the tsunami had travelled across the open sea at speeds of 800 kilometres per hour before striking the shoreline.

The Red Cross also expressed their concern that the lack of communication from the Donggala city is a concern. "We're now getting limited communications about the destruction in Palu city, but we have heard nothing from Donggala and this is extremely worrying," a statement from the organisation said. The Red Cross volunteers have since headed to the affected areas.

Waves were said to have reached three metres high, however, the funnel effect caused by the shape of Palu harbour meant the water possibly reached up to 6 metres high.


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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Authorities in Palu, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Indonesia?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Indonesia</a> have now counted 61,867 people homeless - access to food, water &amp; fuel very tricky. <br>There’s hope more aid flights can get supplies in &amp; people out. Ships may also be able to help with evacuations. The latest with <a href="https://twitter.com/SiobhanRobbins?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SiobhanRobbins</a> &amp; me <a href="https://twitter.com/SkyNews?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SkyNews</a></p>&mdash; Mark Stone (@Stone_SkyNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/Stone_SkyNews/status/1047029867810832385?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 2, 2018</a></blockquote>
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