Eleven deaths had been recorded in the region of Donggala to the north of Palu, it said. Rescuers in Indonesia were scrambling Sunday to reach trapped victims screaming for help from collapsed buildings, while looters risked entering an unstable shopping mall to grab whatever they could find after the massive earthquake spawned a tsunami. Aid and supplies were being sent in via military and commercial aircraft, including helicopters, to reach badly affected areas. Footage from MetroTV on Sunday showed images of destroyed houses in Donggala and areas that were once land now inundated with water. Aerial video also showed the battered coastline surrounding Palu.
Key facts: Earthquakes in Japan - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Key facts: Earthquakes in Japan
Japan's Meteorological Agency said the quake registered magnitude 6. It said the quake was fairly shallow, about 10 kilometers 6 miles below the sea's surface. Shallow quakes tend to cause more damage on the Earth's surface. The agency predicted a tsunami as high as 1 meter yard along the coast of the northwestern prefectures of Yamagata, Niigata and Ishikawa. Download the Microsoft News app to get breaking news, updates and analysis on your Android or iPhone device. All seven reactors at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in Niigata were off line and no abnormalities were reported.
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