Indonesia Tsunami kills 222 after Anak Krakatoa volcano eruption


Jakarta, Dec 23 : The death toll from the tsunami triggered by volcano eruption in Indonesia rose to 222, and over 800 people were injured, Xinhua reported quoting officials on Sunday.

The catastrophe has killed 222 people, while 843 others were injured and 28 people missing, media reports quoted Indonesia’s national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho as saying.

The number is expected to increase, according to the spokesman.

The disaster management agency feared that the death toll in the tsunami might rise further.

The Sunda Strait lies between the islands of Java and Sumatra, connecting the Java Sea to the Indian Ocean.

Scientists from Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency, also known as BMKG, said it could have been caused by undersea landslides from the eruption of Anak Krakatau,  formed over years from the nearby Krakatau volcano. They also cited tidal waves caused by the full moon.

Deaths have been reported in the Pandeglang, South Lampung and Serang regions. Among the areas hit was the popular Tanjung Lesung beach resort in West Java.

Members of the band were seen being swept away as the wave destroyed their stage.

In an Instagram post, the band’s singer, Riefian Fajarsyah, asked people to pray for his wife and said two band members and the band’s road manager were missing.

The country’s Red Cross said it was on the scene and searching for victims in the rubble of one collapsed building.

Indonesia is prone to tsunamis because it lies on the Ring of Fire – the line of frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific Rim.

In September, more than 2,000 people died when a powerful earthquake struck just off the central Indonesian island of Sulawesi, setting off a tsunami that engulfed the coastal city of Palu.

On 26 December 2004, a series of huge waves triggered by a powerful earthquake in the Indian Ocean killed about 2,28,000 people in 14 countries, mostly in Indonesia.

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