Published: Mon, December 24, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

At Least 43 Dead, Around 600 Wounded After Tsunami Hits Indonesia

At Least 43 Dead, Around 600 Wounded After Tsunami Hits Indonesia

Kathy Mueller, a spokeswoman for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Indonesia, told CNN that the organization expected the death toll to rise.

Residents inspect the damage to their homes on Carita beach on December 23, 2018, after the area was hit by a tsunami on December 22 that may have been caused by the Anak Krakatoa volcano.

"I was myself at the beach photographing the well known volcano - Anak-Krakatau, when I suddenly saw a big wave came, " Oystein Lund Andersen, an employee of the Norwegian embassy in Jakarta, posted on Facebnook.

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

Just days before Christmas, Indonesia has once again been thrown into chaos after a deadly tsunami smashed into the coastline of the Sunda Strait, killing at least 281 people and injuring more than 1,000.

A Lion Air plane crash also killed over 189 people this autumn, leading experts to suggest the country was experiencing "disaster fatigue". "Majority suffered from broken bones", he said, adding he feared more were missing.

Emergency officials are now investigating whether the tsunami was caused by Anak Krakatoa, a volcanic island in the Sunda Strait. In the towns of Baleroa and Petobo, rivers of soil swept away entire neighborhoods in the aftermath of the magnitude-7.5 quake and ensuing tsunami. No tsunami was triggered, but more than 100 were killed by fallen buildings. It continues to grow each year and periodically erupts. It's believed to have caused an underwater landslide, which in turn triggered a tsunami. He said it's possible for an eruption to trigger a landslide above ground or beneath the ocean, both capable of producing waves.

Hundreds of homes have been destroyed
Image Hundreds of homes have been destroyed

The BMKG said in a statement Saturday that the highest wave they detected was 0.9 meters on Jambu Beach, Bulakan village, Cinangka district, Serang regency, Banten.

There were 430 houses and nine hotels badly damaged in the tsunami as well, Nugroho said.

On December 26 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.

Footage posted on Twitter by Nugroho showed the aftermath of the tsunami, with flooded streets and an overturned vehicle.

People were seen running in fear from the monster waves after the tsunami hit, according to Indonesia media.

It appears that the main road into Pandeglang has been badly damaged, making it hard for rescuers to reach the area, she added.

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