Sunda straits tsunami: Death toll from Indonesian disaster nears 400

Sunda straits tsunami: Death toll from Indonesian disaster nears 400

More than 120 people are still missing and more than 1,400 were injured when the tsunami struck the Indonesia islands of Java and Sumatra nearly without warning late Saturday, shortly after the Anak Krakatau volcano erupted in the Sunda Strait dividing the islands.

With Krakatau still erupting, she warned people to avoid activities around coastal areas in coming days due to high waves its activities and other factors.

"The tsunami that occurred is a special case and rare in the world, as well as it's hard to predict partial collapse in a volcano", the volcanology agency said in the statement.

Two members of a boy band have died after the stage they were stood on was hit by a tsunami that has devastated the Indonesian coast.

Indonesia's 17,000 islands are prone to earthquakes because the country straddles the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of fault lines and volcanoes that causes frequent seismic upheavals.

Saturday's tsunami destroyed more than 700 buildings, from small shops and houses to villas and hotels.

"Anything that rapidly displaces water can cause a tsunami, whether or not it also shakes the ground", she said.

"Devastating tsunami caused by volcanic eruptions are rare; one of the most famous (and deadly) was caused by the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883", Richard Teeuw, a disaster risk reduction expert at the University of Portsmouth in England said.

People who lived on the coast of Bandar Lampung rest at a government building after they evacuated following a tsunami in Indonesia, Dec. 24, 2018.

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"The number of victims and damage will continue to rise", said disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

The initial speculation by experts, including Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics agency, was that an undersea landslide pushed the wall of coffee-colored water that raced toward the shore.

Dramatic TV footage showed the seconds when waves hit a concert at the event and washed away the stage where local rock band Seventeen was performing.

"I heard a rumbling sound and I thought it was the wind".

The group's bass player, guitarist, drummer and road manager were among those killed, while the lead singer's wife is missing. The electric company stated on Sunday that 29 of its employees and relatives were killed and 13 are still missing.

But even if all the country's stations are working, the network is recognised to be limited and in any case gives people little time to flee as they only detect waves once they are close to shore. "Unfortunately, when the current receded our members are unable to save themselves while some did not find a place to hold on".

The natural disaster comes less than three months after a 7.4 magnitude quake struck Central Sulawesi, causing widespread damage and killing 2,256 people.

Anak Krakatau erupted again on Sunday, spewing ash and smoke. Mount Krakatau is about 156 kilometers of west Jakarta and its eruption in 1883 was one of the deadliest volcanic eruptions in the world, killing more than 36,000 people. More than 30 people are still unaccounted for.

One of the major differences between the two tsunamis was that in September, there was an natural disaster that warned locals that the large waves would likely be coming; the more recent tsunami wasn't preceded by an quake, so it didn't trigger a warning.