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Indonesia earthquake: Huge 6.0 magnitude rocks volcanic Java island

Three people were killed and houses were damaged after a magnitude-6.3 natural disaster off East Java province and Bali yesterday, rattling some hotels where delegates to the International Monetary Fund (IMF)-World Bank meetings are staying.

Initial reports said the quake killed three people in Java and damaged some buildings, while causing panic among residents.

No one knows how many people have yet to be found in the worst-hit coastal city of Palu, but it could be as many as 5,000, the disaster agency says.

The official death toll had risen to 2,073 as of Thursday.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday visited the survivors of the natural disaster and subsequent tsunami that hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi killing 2,073 people.

The US Geological Survey website stated the quake had a 6.0 magnitude.

A man inspects the wreckage of vehicles inside a building at the tsunami-ravaged area in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018.

All the three people died in Sumenep district on Madura island after being crushed by collapsed buildings, according to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of the National Disaster Managament Agency (BNPB).

Local village chiefs have said that around 5,000 people could be missing in the Balaroa neighbourhood in Palu and the Petobo suburb.

Search for survivors has now been called off after the truly devastating 7.5 magnitude natural disaster in Indonesia has claimed more than 2000 lives.

The government has said it needs to call off the search for bodies because of concern about the spread of disease, and begin to focus on the next phase - rebuilding.

Some tourists and residents on Bali went outdoors as a precaution but then back to sleep when there was no tsunami warning.

An estimated 80,000 people were displaced by the disaster, many squatting in tents outside their destroyed homes. The survivors should decide if they want to make collective graves, erect a monument, or turn them into green spaces.

After making a rare appeal for worldwide assistance, the country's aid agency says it now only needs tents, water treatment units, generators and transport, and that foreign aid workers can only be in the field with Indonesian partners. As the scale of the disaster was revealed, the president used for joko Widodo has agreed reluctantly to the NGOS global humanitarian aid and support of foreign governments. Groups that sent foreign personnel to the disaster zone are "advised to retrieve their personnel immediately", according to those guidelines.

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