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Indonesia earthquake, tsunami toll reaches 384, more than 540 injured

Fatalities increase as bodies found on beaches; 540 injured

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Residents stand in front of a damaged shopping mall after an earthquake hit Palu | Photo: Reuters

Yoga Rusmana | Bloomberg
Indonesia’s death toll from a 7.4 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck the island of Sulawesi has risen to 384.

Many of the victims were found under collapsed buildings, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman at National Disaster Mitigation Agency, told reporters in Jakarta. More than 540 people were injured, he said Saturday afternoon. Many of the dead were found at beaches near Palu.

Indonesia’s 17,000 islands are prone to earthquakes because the country straddles the Ring of Fire, an arc of fault lines and volcanoes that causes frequent seismic upheavals. At least 160,000 people were killed on Sumatra Island as

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First Published: Sep 29 2018 | 1:44 PM IST

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