Indonesia ‘Volcano Tsunami’: at least 222 people killed and hundreds more injured

Some 200 employees had gathered at the Tanjung Lesung beach for an end-of-year party

Some 200 employees had gathered at the Tanjung Lesung beach for an end-of-year party

At least 168 people were killed and hundreds injured by the tsunami, triggered by an underwater landslide after the eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano, and the death toll is expected to climb.

However, tsunamis caused by volcanic activity like this are less frequent.

"Further analysis showed that the wave was indeed a tsunami". 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. The BMKG was also under fire for lifting its tsunami early warning too early following the Palu natural disaster.

Debris is seen after a tsunami hit Tanjung Lesung beach in Banten, Indonesia, December 23, 2018.

He later apologised for his mistake, saying there had been confusion because there was no quake. "It was hard to provide early warning for tsunami caused by undersea landslides", he added. The authorities have not provided information on the height of the waves.

Lead singer Riefian Fajarsyah said on Instagram that bassist Bani, guitarist Herman, road manager Oki and crew member Ujang were all laid to rest.

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The beach concert by Seventeen, a young rock band, had been staged in a tent by a state-run electrical company for employees, according to The Associated Press.

Footage taken by concert-goers showed the dramatic moment the tsunami hit the stage - hurling band members towards the audience and sweeping them out to sea.

The eruption of an island volcano sent a 20 metre-high wall of water inland, damaging hotels and houses on the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra.

'The potential for a fresh tsunami is still possible because the volcanic eruption of Anak Krakatau continues to occur, potentially triggering tsunami'.

Officials tell CNN the country still does not have a multihazard early warning system in place.

The volcano, which is one of the 127 active volcanoes that dot the Indonesian archipelago, has continued to form and its activity has increased its height by 4 to 6 meters every year, Nugroho said.

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