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Tsunami strikes Indonesia killing at least 168 people, injuring 700 more and destroying 400 homes

December 23, 2018

… after Krakatoa blows its top as volcanic ash spreads across the region threatening flights


At least 168 people have been killed and 745 injured after a tsunami struck beaches in Indonesia overnight.

A further 30 people are still missing after a volcanic eruption caused a deadly wave to crash over a pop concert on Saturday evening sending people fleeing for their lives.

The 16 foot high wave hit beaches around the Sunda Strait, between the islands of Java and Sumatra at about 9.30pm local time, destroying 430 houses, nine hotels and 10 ships.

Scientists say the tsunami was probably caused by the eruption of Anak Krakatau, a volcanic island formed over years from the nearby Krakatau volcano. The Meteorology and Geophysics agency also said tidal waves may have been strengthened by the full moon.

Eyewitnesses have described fleeing for their lives as beachfront hotels and homes were swept away in the province of Banten in the Strait, when the wall of water hit.

Terrifying footage from Tanjung Lesung Beach Resort showed dozens of holidaymakers and locals enjoying a set by band Seventeen late on Saturday until suddenly, the stage collapses.

People were heard screaming as they fled the oncoming wave, which swallowed the band on stage in a split second.

Homes and businesses were swept away by the 16ft wave which crashed onto the beachfront on Saturday evening after a volcanic eruption

Bodies of victims recovered along Carita beach are placed in body bags as families search for the missing on Sunday morning

NASA released an image of the smoking volcanic island taken from the MultiSpectral Instrument (MSI) on the European Space Agency (ESA)’s Sentinel-2

The water swept 65 feet (20 meters) inland devastating hundreds of homes, hotels and cars in its path. The emergency search and rescue mission began on Sunday

Beach buildings were completely destroyed. A man is pictured on the sand but officials are warning people to stay away from the sea

Bodies are being carried through the streets by rescue workers who are beginning to count the cost of the devastating quake and tsunami

Women are treated on the back of a truck and IV drips hang from the cabin after the tsunami washed over islands in Indonesia

The remains of buildings are being painstakingly searched through as more than thirty people remain missing in Carita

The band Seventeen were playing a set when the tsunami struck (moments before wave hit pictured), and members of the band are now reported missing

The stage suddenly collapsed (pictured) and people can be heard screaming as they flee the oncoming wave

Members of the band have now been reported missing by their lead singer Riefian Fajarsyah who posted on Instagram asking for prayers.

‘We lost our bassist, Bani and our manager Oki,’ he said tearfully in a video.

Asep Perangkat, who fled Carita beach Saturday night, said he was with his family when the wave surged through the town, carving a path of destruction.

‘Cars were dragged about 10 metres and so were containers,’ Perangkat told AFP.

‘Buildings on the edge of the beach were destroyed, trees and electric poles fell to the ground.

‘All the residents that are safe ran to the forest,’ he said.

In Lampung province, on the other side of the strait, Lutfi Al Rasyid said he fled the beach in Kalianda city in fear for his life.

‘I could not start my motorbike so I left it and I ran… I just prayed and ran as far as I could,’ the 23-year-old told AFP.

The country’s Disaster Mitigation Agency confirmed more than 700 have been injured while rescue missions to recover the dead began.

Villagers pick through the remains of a home just days before Christmas after the wall of water came crashing into the beach

Medics have been called in to help the sick and injured. A woman was being helped by doctors in Carita just hours after the devastation (pictured)

A tsunami alert has been issued and people in low-lying areas have fled to higher ground while search and rescue operations look for survivors. Authorities have warned people to stay away from beaches while a high-tide warning remained in place through to till December 25.

It is believed the tsunami was caused by an undersea landslide following the eruption of the Krakatoa volcano. The wave hit beaches on the Sunda Strait – between the islands of Java and Sumatra.

Indonesian officials said recently Krakatoa has been spewing volcanic ash into the air.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has been monitoring the situation and has issued a red warning to airline pilots operating in the region that an ash cloud is spreading south west from the volcano to an altitude of 55,000 feet.

At least 168 people have been killed after a tsunami hit beaches around the Sunda Strait late on Saturday night


From → World Watch

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