Tsunami kills at least 222 in Indonesia after Krakatau eruption

Dec 23, 2018

A car is seen among ruins after a tsunami hit Carita beach in Pandeglang, Banten province, Indonesia, December 23, 2018. REUTERS/Adi Kurniawan

By Johan Purnomo and Adi Kurniawan

PANDEGLANG, Indonesia (Reuters) – A tsunami killed at least 222 people and injured hundreds on the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra following an underwater landslide believed to have been caused by the erupting Anak Krakatau volcano, officials said on Sunday.

Hundreds of homes and other buildings were heavily damaged when the tsunami struck, almost without warning, along the rim of the Sunda Strait late on Saturday, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the disaster mitigation agency, said.

Thousands of residents were forced to evacuate to higher ground. By late afternoon on Sunday, the disaster agency had raised the death toll to 222, with 843 injured and 28 missing.

This year the vast archipelago, which sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, has suffered its worst death toll from disasters in over a decade. Earthquakes flattened parts of the tourist island of Lombok in July and August, and a double quake-and-tsunami killed more than 2,000 people on Sulawesi island in September.



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4 replies

  1. Oho ! While the Krakatau eruption is too far from Lombok to create trouble there, in fact there were two local earthquakes again in Lombok today. My family – and surely a lot of the population of Lombok – is traumatized more and more. Prayers requested …

  2. Is it a testing or punishment for them?

    I belueve that it is punishment from Allah, because they run a way from Al Quran and turn to believe Hadist or idol.

    Allah is not a cruel, but people make their own mistake.

    • if that was the case there would be lots of Muslims more ‘deserving’ for punishment than the poor villagers along the coasts of Indonesia. In Riyadh’s palaces for instance. Allah knows best …

      • But Allah say: what ever bad thing is falling on you it is your fault, and what ever good thing is comes to you from Me. Yes it was punishing Rafiq!

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