At least 48 people have died and more than 350 people are injured following a series of earthquakes and a tsunami that devastated the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, authorities say. The horrific scene began Friday when the first in a series of tremors were felt at 3 p.m. 35 miles north of Palu, according to the United States Geological Survey. A 7.5 magnitude tremor — the largest shock recorded Friday — triggered a tsunami that hit beaches, officials said.
Thousands of homes have been destroyed, bridges have collapsed and the electricity is cut off in most of the Palu City of Sulawesi. After a local hospital was severely damaged, medical officials opted to treat dozens of wounded residents just outside the building. The death toll may rise, they also said. Authorities are urging residents not to go inside their homes and sleep away from building on fields, roads or yards because of possible aftershocks. The quakes come a month after a trio of earthquakes hit several islands in the South Pacific and Indonesia, including Lombok, which is still recovering from the effects of an August 5 earthquake that killed more than 430 people.