Government officials in Indonesia have said that a volcano tsunami has killed at least 222 people around the country’s coast near Sunda Strait. The Indonesian disaster management has said that the tsunami also left more than 800 people injured.
Several dozens buildings are reported to have been damaged in the incident. One of the reasons behind the tsunami is being described as the undersea landslides after the Krakatoa volcano erupted, reported the BBC.
Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo says he’s ordered government officials to take emergency measures to search for victims and care for the injured following the deadly tsunami. In a tweet, he expressed his “deep condolences” to the families of victims.
Duka cita yang mendalam atas jatuhnya korban bencana tsunami di Pandeglang, Serang dan Lampung Selatan, semalam.
Saya telah memerintahkan segenap jajaran pemerintah terkait untuk segera melakukan langkah tanggap darurat, mencari dan menemukan korban, merawat yang luka-luka. pic.twitter.com/rD5bDr16gF
— Joko Widodo (@jokowi) December 23, 2018
The Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra connects the Java Sea to the Indian Ocean.
Indonesia’s Civil Protection Agency said that the tsunami hit several coastal areas in the Sunda Strait, including on the coast in Pandeglang, Serang, and South Lampung Regencies.
According to Volcano discovery website, the tsunami was not caused by earthquakes since no tectonic activity was detected, but most likely by an underwater landslide of accumulated sediments giving way.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the national disaster agency spokesman, shared a video of the aftermath of the tsunami, with flooded streets and an overturned car.
Data sementara dampak tsunami di Pantai di Kab Pandeglang, Serang dan Lampung Selatan hingga 23/12/2018 pukul 04.30 WIB: tercatat 20 orang meninggal dunia, 165 orang luka-luka, 2 orang hilang dan puluhan bangunan rusak. Data korban kemungkinan masih akan terus bertambah. pic.twitter.com/6f7buuoD5Y
— Sutopo Purwo Nugroho (@Sutopo_PN) December 22, 2018
Anak Krakatoa, according to The Telegraph, is a small volcanic island that emerged from the ocean half a century after Krakatoa’s deadly 1883 eruption, which is estimated to have killed more than 36,000 people.
One witness, Oystein Lund Anderson, said he was taking photos of the legendary volcano when the tsunami hit.
“I had to run, as the wave passed the beach and landed 15-20m inland,” he wrote on Facebook.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says “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 adds.
Nearly 2,000 people had died after tsunami hit Indonesia in September this year. Thousands of people were still believed to be missing in the towns of Baleroa and Petobo, where rivers of soil swept away entire neighborhoods in the aftermath of a 7.5-magnitude earthquake.