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Indonesia - Earthquake in Sulawesi Island Information Report No.1

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DHAGVA - 96/0001
1. A STRONG EARTHQUAKE OCCURRED ABOUT 160 KM NORTH OF THE PROVINCIAL CAPITAL PALU, SULAWESI ISLAND, INDONESIA, AT 16:05 CENTRAL INDONESIAN TIME (08:05 GMT) ON 1 JANUARY 1996. THE INDONESIAN METEOROLOGY AND GEOPHYSICS AGENCY (BMG) HAS COMMUNICATED THE MAGNITUDE - 7.0 RICHTER SCALE, EPICENTRE - LATITUDE 0.60 DEGREES NORTH, LONGITUDE 119.92 DEGREES EAST, DEPTH - 39 KM.

2. REFERRING TO THE BMG REPORT, THE UNDP/DHA REPRESENTATIVE IN JAKARTA INDICATES THAT THE TREMOR WAS FELT AT (MERCALLI SCALE) LEVEL FOUR IN PALU AND LEVELS TWO-THREE IN GORONTALO. IT ALSO MENTIONS AN OCCURRENCE OF A METRE HIGH TIDAL WAVE IN THE SUBDISTRICT DAMPAL SELATAN AT THE VILLAGES OF SONI, BANGKIR, AND DONGKO; ROADS AND SOME SHOPS DAMAGED.

3. MEDIA REPORT NEARLY 400 WOODEN HOUSES AND GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS DAMAGED AND EIGHT PEOPLE KILLED BY THE TIDAL WAVE.

4. AS TIDAL WAVES MAY REOCCUR PEOPLE WERE TEMPORARILY EVACUATED BY THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IN A SAFER, HIGHER GROUND AND HAD TO SPEND NIGHTS IN TENTS.

5. DHA IS IN CONTACT WITH UNDP OFFICE IN JAKARTA CONCERNING NEEDS ASSESSMENT. AT THIS STAGE DHA HAS NOT RECEIVED ANY CALL FOR INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE.

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