Over 40,000 Evacuated in Indonesia Over Fresh Tsunami Fear

Over 40,000 people have been evacuated from the coast along Indonesia's western Sunda Strait after the warning of a possible second tsunami triggered by the eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano that claimed 430 lives last week.

The number of those injured in the tsunami that struck on 22 December has jumped from 1,400 people to 7,202 people, BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho was cited as saying by Xinhua news agency.

Indonesia had raised the danger alert level for the volcano that had sparked the killer tsunami.

The tsunami struck Sunda Strait coastal areas along western Java and southern Sumatra islands without warning in the darkness on the night of 22 December.

The waves had swept terrified people into the sea followed an eruption and possible landslide on Anak Krakatau, one of the world's most infamous volcanic islands.

  • The Tsunami was triggered by a volcanic eruption
  • The Anak Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait that links the Indian Ocean and Java Sea erupted about 24 minutes before the tsunami
  • As many as 7,202 people have reportedly been injured

What Caused the Earthquake

Scientists from Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics agency said it could have been caused by undersea landslides from the eruption of Anak Krakatau, a volcanic island formed over years from the nearby Krakatau volcano. They also cited tidal waves caused by the full moon.

The Anak Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait that links the Indian Ocean and Java Sea erupted about 24 minutes before the tsunami, the geophysics agency said.

The 305-metre (1,000-foot) -high volcano, about 200 kilometres (124 miles) southwest of capital Jakarta, has been erupting since June. In July, authorities widened its no-go areas to 2 kilometres (1.24 miles) from the crater.

Physical losses included 430 heavily damaged homes, nine heavily damaged hotels and 10 heavily damaged vessels. Footage posted by the head of the disaster agency showed the aftermath of flooded streets and an overturned car.

In September, more than 2,500 people were killed by a quake and tsunami that hit the city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi, which is just east of Borneo.

(With inputs from Associated Press)

Pandeglang – Worst Affected Region

The worst affected area was the Pandeglang region of Banten province in Java, which encompasses the Ujung Kulon National Park and popular beaches, the disaster agency said. Of the deaths, 33 were in Pandeglang.

In the city of Bandar Lampung on southern Sumatra, hundreds of residents took refuge at the governor's office.

Watch: Tsunami Hits Band During Performance

Footage posted on social media showed a pop band named "Seventeen" performing under a tent on a beach as dozens of people sat listening at tables. Then, in between songs with the drummer pounding, the stage suddenly heaved forward, throwing the band and all their equipment into the audience.

The band released a statement saying their bass player and road manager were found dead, while four other members of their group remained missing.

Death Toll Touches 62, More Than 20 Still Missing

A spokesman for Indonesia's disaster management agency says at least 62 people have died and 20 are still missing after a tsunami apparently triggered by a volcanic eruption swept away beachfront houses and hotels in western Indonesia.

Watch: Visuals from When The Tsunami Struck

Death Toll Touches 168, Over 745 Injured

Indonesia's disaster management agency says the Saturday evening tsunami has left at least 168 dead, 745 injured and 30 missing.

Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho says those numbers may still rise since not all affected areas have been reached.

President Joko Widolo Orders Gov Agencies to Respond Quickly

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo expressed his sympathy and ordered government agencies to respond quickly to the disaster, AP reported.

“My deep condolences to the victims in Banten and Lumpung provinces,” he said. “Hopefully, those who are left have patience.”

"We Stand Ready to Assist": Australian PM Extends Support

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison through a tweet said, "A very difficult day for our friends in Indonesia. Our thoughts go out to all those who have lost loved ones, the injured and all of their families."

"As always we stand ready to assist as needed," he added.

Death Toll Climbs to 222, Nearly 843 Injured

Indonesia's disaster agency says tsunami death toll climbs to 222, with 843 injured and 28 missing, AP reported.

America Is With You: Trump Offers Condolences

President of the United States Donald Trump offered condolences to the deceased and said that America will pray for Indonesia.

Death Toll Rises to 281, More than 1,000 Injured

The death toll from an Indonesian tsunami has risen past 280 with more than 1,000 people injured.

The tsunami struck Sunda Strait coastal areas along western Java and southern Sumatra islands without warning in the darkness Saturday night.

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the latest tolls Monday morning were 281 dead and 1,016 injured. The tally of missing is 57 but the numbers are expected to rise.

The waves that swept terrified people into the sea followed an eruption and possible landslide on Anak Krakatau, one of the world's most infamous volcanic islands.

PM Modi Offers Relief Assistance

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Sunday tweeted out his condolences towards the massive loss of lives in the Tsunami. He also said that India is ready to assist our neighbours in relief work.

"Saddened by the loss of lives and destruction in Indonesia caused by the Tsunami after the eruption of a volcano. Condolences to the bereaved families and wishing the injured an early recovery. India is ready to assist our maritime neighbour and friend in relief work." - Narendra Modi. Prime Minister of India

Coastal Residents Near Volcano Warned to Stay Away from Beaches

Coastal residents near Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano were warned earlier in the day to keep away from beaches amid fears it could trigger a new tsunami.

Head of BNPB, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, held a news conference in Java, and said: "Recommendations from (the) Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency are that people should not carry out activities on the beach and stay away from the coast for a while," he said.

"“The potential for a fresh tsunami is still possible because the volcanic eruption of Anak Krakatau continues to occur, potentially triggering tsunami.”" - Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, BNPB Head

About 25 minutes after the eruption on Saturday, a giant wave hit beaches, causing casualties and damaging houses, hotels and boats, mainly in the province of Banten, northern Java.

Death Toll Touches 373

Efforts to collect hundreds of bodies and save the injured were stepped up in Indonesia on Monday following the country's latest tsunami, as scientists collected evidence on how a volcanic eruption triggered the weekend tragedy.

Casualty figures from Saturday night's disaster continued to rise, with at least 373 people confirmed dead and more than 1,400 injured.

The death toll was certain to rise further, with 128 people still missing from the affected areas along the coastlines of western Java and southern Sumatra islands, where hundreds of military personnel and volunteers were conducting their grim search along debris-strewn beaches.

Death Toll rises to 429

The death toll from the tsunami that hit Indonesian islands without warning on Saturday night has passed 420 with more than 1,400 people injured.

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the death toll had climbed to 429 on Tuesday and at least 128 were missing.

Military troops, government personnel and volunteers were searching along debris-strewn beaches. Where victims were found, body bags were laid out, and weeping relatives identified the dead.

Over 150 People Missing

According to the latest figures available as of Tuesday, 25 December, 1,485 people were injured, 154 remained missing, while 16,082 people sought safety and shelter away from their houses, the Jakarta Post reported.

Fearing New Tsunamni, Indonesia Issues Fresh Warning

In a fresh warning, Indonesian authorities have directed people to avoid the coast in areas where a tsunami killed at least 430 people over the weekend fearing a new tsunami.

(Source: AP)

Indonesia Reroutes All Flights Around Volcano Anak Krakatau

Indonesia has rerouted all flights around the erupting Anak Krakatau volcano between Java and Sumatra islands, as it spewed columns of ash into the air, days after it triggered a deadly tsunami.

Indonesia Hikes Danger Level for Deadly Tsunami Volcano

Indonesia has raised the danger alert level for a volcano that sparked a killer tsunami at the weekend, after previously warning that fresh activity at the crater threatened to trigger another deadly wave.

Authorities also widened a no-go zone around Anak Krakatoa to five kilometres (three miles) – up from a previous two kilometres – and warned shell-shocked residents to stay away from the coast, after more than 400 were killed by Saturday night's killer wave.

Plumes of ash burst into the sky as pyroclastic flows – hot gas and other volcanic material – flowed down the crater, raising the risk of rough seas for boats in the vicinity.

Authorities raised the crater's status to high alert, the second-highest danger warning, while aviation officials ordered flights to be redirected away from the area.

Indonesia Saves Tsunami-Stranded Turtles

While searching for victims, a rescue team found a giant sea turtle trapped in marine trash. It took four staff to rescue him. About 15 other turtles were rescued the same week in the same area, AFP reported.

Over 40,000 Evacuated in Indonesia Over Fresh Tsunami Fear

Over 40,000 people have been evacuated from the coast along Indonesia's western Sunda Strait after the warning of a possible second tsunami triggered by the eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano that claimed 430 lives last week, reported IANS.

Meanwhile, an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale rocked Indonesia's Papua Barat province on Friday, 28 December. There was, however, no report of any casualty, IANS further said.

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