Over 160 Dead, Hundreds Injured as Tsunami Hits Indonesia

Residents sit inside a mosque as they evacuated following high waves and the eruption of Anak Krakatau volcano at Labuan district in Pandeglang regency

At least seven people were killed and many suffered broken bones, he said.

The worst affected area was the Pandeglang region of Banten province in Java, which encompasses the Ujung Kulon National Park and popular beaches, the geophysics agency added.

"I had to run, as the wave passed the beach and landed 15-20m (meters) inland", Norwegian Øystein Lund Andersen wrote on Facebook.

A tsunami following a volcanic eruption killed 62 people and injured hundreds more as it slammed without warning into tourist beaches and coastal areas around Indonesia's Sunda Strait on Saturday night, sending panicked holidaymakers and residents fleeing.

The deadly wave struck Indonesia 24 minutes after geologists witness the eruption of Krakatoa volcano on Saturday, at 9pm local time.

Most recently in the city of Palu on Sulawesi island a quake and tsunami killed thousands of people.

At least 43 people have been killed and more than 600 injured after a tsunami hit the coast around Indonesia's Sunda Strait, government officials say.

Why are Indonesia's tsunamis so damaging?

Michel Rooijackers, who is an adviser to Save the Children's local partner in Indonesia, told The Guardian that early reports showed major damage in areas hit by the tsunami.

TV footage showed roads blocked by debris from damaged houses, overturned cars and fallen trees.

Indonesia is susceptible to tsunamis because it lies on the Ring of Fire - the basin of the Pacific Ocean where many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

On Boxing Day in 2004, an Indian Ocean tsunami triggered by an natural disaster killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.

A combination of the underwater landslides with volcanic eruption caused the tsunami.

Rahmat Riyono, the head of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said another tsunami was possible because Saturday night's wave had been caused by an eruption of the Anak-Krakatau volcano, rather than an quake.

Two people are missing and dozens of buildings were damaged, he said.

Sutopo said the BMKG, the Geological Institute, the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) and the Ministry of Maritime Affairs were continuing their investigation to confirm whether or not the tsunami had been caused by Mount Anak Krakatau's volcanic activity. The chance of a tsunami returning a second time is very small if it caused by an natural disaster.

It is a mostly submerged caldera with 3 outer islands belonging to the rim and a new cone, Anak Krakatau, that has been forming a new island since 1927 and remains highly active.

The climatology agency said the eruption took place at 9.03 pm, and the tsunami hit at 9.27 pm.



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