373 dead from Indonesia tsunami; experts say more waves possible

373 dead from Indonesia tsunami; experts say more waves possible

Kerry Wise
December 26, 2018

Indonesia's Search and Rescue Agency was joined by the military, police, medical teams and volunteers as aid trickled in to Pandeglang, the worst-affected area along Java's west coast, around about 60 miles from Jakarta.

BMKG head Dwikorita Karnawati said on Tuesday the agency is anxious about the rough weather making the volcano's crater more fragile.

Popular beach resorts were turned into ghost towns, with concrete, wood and debris from thatched bamboo huts strewn along the coast.

It also came less than a week before the 14th anniversary of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, one of the deadliest disasters in history that killed some 220,000 people in countries around the Indian Ocean, including some 168,000 Indonesians.

The Indonesian Medical Association said that it sent doctors, medical supplies and equipment, and that numerous injured were in need of orthopedic and neurological surgery. Yellow, orange and black body bags were laid out, the Associated Press reported, as weeping relatives identified the dead.

In the condolence statement, Xi claimed that he was surprised to learn the Sunda Strait tsunami, which took the lives of people and caused damages to locals' homes and other public facilities.

The vast archipelago nation is one of the most disaster-hit nations on Earth due to its position straddling the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, where tectonic plates collide.

In a video published on social media networks, a rescue group manages to find a five-year-old boy alive after being trapped for more than 12 hours.

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who faces what promises to be a tough re-election campaign next year, vowed to have all tsunami-detection equipment replaced or repaired.

The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry's Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation said a tsunami caused by a partial collapse of a volcano was a rare event globally and was hard to predict, but it nevertheless recommended a system of tidal stations, buoys and/or "visual monitoring with remote sensing" in the waters surrounding Anak Krakatau, Bloomberg News reported.

"I'm sad for my children", she said.

Food, water, blankets, and medical aid are trickling into remote areas via inland roads choked with traffic.

There was so little warning that an Indonesia rock band, Seventeen, was swept from the stage just as it was beginning a song at a year-end party for a state-owned electricity company, held under a tent on the beach. North of the Strait, the impact has also been significant with at least 75 people killed and 22 missing in the province of Lampung, south Sumatra.

Experts warned that more deadly waves could slam the devastated region, as questions swirled over why the killer wave caught a disaster-prone country's monitors completely off guard. "About 200 people were dragged away by the waves".

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"Since Anak Krakatau has been actively erupting for the past several months additional tsunamis can not be excluded", said Hermann Fritz, from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Anak Krakatau is the island that emerged from the area in 1927, and has been growing ever since.