Indonesia: 168 killed, 745 injured in volcano-triggered tsunami
At least 168 people have been killed and 745 injured after a tsunami struck beaches in Indonesia overnight, during a long holiday weekend ahead of Christmas.
A further 30 people are still missing after a volcanic eruption caused a deadly wave to crash over a pop concert on Saturday evening sending people fleeing for their lives.
More than 700 people have been reported injured since the tsunami hit at 9:27 p.m. Saturday, the Disaster Management Agency said.
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The 16-foot high wave hit beaches around the Sunda Strait, between the islands of Java and Sumatra at about 9.30pm local time, destroying 430 houses, 9 hotels and 10 ships.
The disaster could have been caused by undersea landslides from the eruption of Anak Krakatau, a volcanic island formed over years from the nearby Krakatau volcano, scientists from Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said. They also cited tidal waves caused by the full moon.
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Eyewitnesses have described fleeing for their lives as beachfront hotels and homes were swept away in the province of Banten in the Strait when the wall of water hit.
Terrifying footage from Tanjung Lesung Beach Resort showed dozens of holidaymakers and locals enjoying a set by band Seventeen late on Saturday until suddenly, the stage collapses.
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The band released a statement saying their bass player and road manager were found dead, while three other band members and the wife of one of the performers remained missing.