Indonesian tsunami: Death toll rises

Hundreds dead and ‘many missing’ in Java and Sumatra after tsunami – as it happened

We’re wrapping up the blog for the evening. Here’s a summary of what has happened.

At least 222 people have been killed and 843 injured after a tsunami hit the coast of Indonesia’s Sunda Strait.

Twenty-eight people are missing and authorities expect the death toll to rise as many affected areas have not yet been reached.

The tsunami hit at about 9.30pm on Saturday night, Indonesian time, which is around 2.30pm GMT. There was no pre-warning given.

The tsunami is thought to have been caused by the eruption of the Anak Krakatoa volcano, which may have triggered underwater landslides.

Indonesia’s disaster management agency said 556 houses, nine hotels, 60 culinary stalls and 350 boats were known to have been damaged…


What caused the tsunami in Indonesia and why was there no warning?

What happened?

Search-and-rescue efforts were continuing in Indonesia following a deadly tsunami in the Sunda Strait which claimed more than 280 lives. More than 1,000 people were injured and 11,600 people displaced. The district of Pandeglang, on the western tip of the island of Java was worst hit, with 207 killed and 755 injured.

It was caused by an eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano. A 64-hectare (138-acre) section collapsed into the ocean and this triggered an underwater landslide, officials confirmed on Monday…


Tsunami death toll at almost 400 as stunning photos emerge

The death toll from the Indonesian tsunami stands at 420 known casualties, as astonishing pictures emerge of the eruption that triggered the disaster.

Indonesian military and rescue teams are still working along the coastline, hoping to find survivors of the tsunami which was triggered by a submarine landslide from a volcano between Java and Sumatra, about 9pm on Saturday.

Early on Christmas Day, the death toll from the disaster had reached at least 373 people, with thousands more injured. Withinin hours another 50 bodies had been recovered, with hoping fading that any further survivors will be found.

Thick clouds of ash spewed from Anak Krakatau, a volcanic island where a crater collapse at high tide late on Saturday set off waves that smashed into coastal areas on both sides of the Sunda Strait between the islands of Sumatra and Java.

The operation continued as new photos emerged of the aftermath of the eruption.

The images, posted to Twitter by National disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, were taken on Sunday and show magma flowing into the sea and a large ash cloud from Anak Krakatoa volcano…


Deadly Indonesian tsunami was not caused by an earthquake

There was no earth-shaking warning before a wall of water rushed ashore under the cover of darkness in Indonesia on Saturday, killing more than 220 people, and injuring hundreds more. Unlike many large tsunamis, this one was not caused by an earthquake. Instead, experts think that a nearby volcanic eruption triggered an underwater landslide, which pushed the wall of water towards the shore.

The tsunami hit around 9:30PM local time, when many residents and visitors were relaxing near the beach on the islands of Java and Sumatra, on either side of the Sunda Strait, a narrow body of water that links the Indian Ocean to the Java Sea. The most likely culprit for the destruction is a volcano in the middle of the strait, Anak Krakatau. Earlier in December, the active volcano sputtered, sending ash clouds high into the atmosphere, but on Saturday it offered no obvious warning of the danger that was to come roiling off its flanks, leaving hundreds of people directly in the tsunami’s destructive path…


‘Angry Child of Krakatoa’ Tsunami Struck Indonesia Without Warning

“Eruption of Anak Krakatau, known locally as the “angry child of Krakatoa.” Antara Foto Agency

The word “Krakatoa” alone conjures atavistic fears. Its eruption in 1883 was a worldwide event as news of the devastation circled the globe by telegraph and the aftereffects changed the weather on the other side of the planet. It seemed to foretell for the first time in modern history how small and vulnerable Earth really is.

The tragedy brought on by seismic activity at the same site in Indonesia on Saturday night is not of the same scale, but is a reminder of how sudden and how vast such destruction can be. More than 280 people are known to have been killed and more than 1,000 injured after a deadly tsunami struck without warning around 9:30 p.m. local time in Indonesia’s Sundra Strait, which includes the popular islands of Sumatra and Java. The nearly 10-foot wave is thought to have been caused by an underwater landslide after the eruption of Anak Krakatau, known locally as the “angry child of Krakatoa.”

The deadly wave was caught on dramatic video as it wiped out a pop concert given by the popular local band Seventeen, killing several band members and people in attendance…


Indonesia faces aftermath of devastating tsunami after Krakatoa eruption – in pictures  





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