`Volcano tsunami` hits Indonesia, at least 20 killed, 165 wounded

A car sitting amid debris in Pandeglang Banten after a tsunami hit the Sunda Strait on Dec 23 2018

A car sitting amid debris in Pandeglang Banten after a tsunami hit the Sunda Strait on Dec 23 2018

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, of the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management, said: "222 people are dead, 843 people are injured and 28 people are missing".

"The rest are thankfully safe although suffering from injuries and broken bones".

Anak Krakatau, an active volcano which is located roughly halfway between Java and Sumatra and has been spewing ash and lava for months, erupted again just after 9 p.m. local time on Saturday and the tsunami struck at around 9.30 p.m., according to BMKG. I was alone, my family were sleeping in a room.

Alif, a resident in Pandeglang district on Java, told MetroTV that many residents were still searching for missing relatives.

Hidayat was at home when the waves surged some 20 metres inland and said he didn't hear about the damage until the next morning when he was roused from his home by neighbours. "It was just dark out there", he told BBC.

The causes of this event are being investigated by BMKG (Agency for Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics), BNPB (Indonesian Disaster Management Authority) and PVMBG (Centre of Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation).

Coastal residents reported not seeing or feeling any warning signs, like receding water or an quake, before waves of up to two metres washed ashore, according to media.

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"The likely cause is a significant submarine landslide relating to the ongoing eruption of Anak Krakatoa", he told Al Jazeera.

Nugroho tweeted on his verified account that 430 houses and nine hotels were heavily damaged, indicating the tsunami hit residential and tourist areas. Managed to evacuate with my family to higher ground through forest paths and villages, where we are taken care of (by) the locals. This can then cause a tsunami. It's believed to have caused an underwater landslide, which in turn triggered a tsunami.

"We're particularly concerned about the safety and wellbeing of children, who are especially vulnerable in tsunamis and being swept away in floodwaters".

Azki Kurniawan, 16, said he was undergoing vocational training with a group of 30 other students at Patra Comfort Hotel when people suddenly burst into the lobby yelling, "Sea water rising!"

The 305-metre-high volcano - about 200 kilometres southwest of capital Jakarta - has been erupting since June. In July, authorities widened its no-go areas to 2 kilometres from the crater.

Nugroho later apologised for the mistake on Twitter, saying because there was no natural disaster it had been hard to ascertain the cause of the incident early on. He told MetroTV station that many people were still searching for missing relatives.

The eruption of Krakatau in 1883 killed more than 36,000 people in a series of tsunamis.

"It has been erupting continually throughout much of this year, as part of the process of volcanic regrowth".

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