More than 200 dead, 800 injured after tsunami strikes Indonesia without warning
A tsunami struck Indonesia’s two most-populated islands without warning, killing at least 222 people and injuring over 800.
There had been no warning when a 10-foot wave hit the coastline of west Java and Sumatra Saturday evening, Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency told CNN. Officials suspect the tsunami was triggered by an underwater landslide after the Anak Krakatau volcano erupted.
This is the second tsunami to hit Indonesia in 2018. Roughly three months ago, a devastating 7.5-magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck the island of Sulawesi, killing more than 2,100 people. The country has been plagued by multiple disasters this year; the death toll from such events hasn’t been this high since 2005, when a 6.3-magnitude earthquake killed more than 5,000 people, according to the New York Times.
Video captured and posted on social media show how unexpected and devastating the tsunami was. Footage posted on YouTube shows an Indonesian pop band named Seventeen performing under a tent as dozens of people listened and cheered. Minutes into the video, the stage is suddenly swallowed when a wave bursts in.
The bass player and road manager were killed, and a number of other band members and crew are still missing, according to the New York Times.
The disaster has damaged or destroyed at least 556 homes, nine hotels, 60 small shops and 350 boats, the country’s disaster management agency told the Times. The area hardest hit was Pandeglang Regency, a popular tourist destination for residents of the capital Jakarta.
A spokesperson for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Indonesia told CNN they expect the death toll to rise. Red Cross Teams are in the process of brining basic equipment to help clear the debris.