Indonesia Tsunami 2018 Live updates: 281 people killed in volcano-triggered tsunami, experts warn more tidal waves

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Indonesia Tsunami 2018 Live updates: Volcano-triggered tsunami killed at least 281 people, with experts warning the devastated region could be slammed by more tidal waves.

Injured are being treated at a health center in Pandeglang (Reuters photo)

Tsunami in Indonesia 2018 Live updates:

Indonesian rescuers battled heavy rains Monday in a desperate search for survivors after a volcano-triggered tsunami killed at least 281 people, with experts warning the devastated region could be slammed by more tidal waves. The national disaster agency said casualty figures were set to rise as it issued the fresh death toll — up from a previous 222 — and said more than 50 people were still missing. Over 1,000 were injured in the disaster on Saturday evening, the agency added.

Authorities warned residents and tourists in coastal areas around the Sunda Strait to stay away from beaches and a high-tide warning remained in place through till Dec. 25, news agency Reuters reported. “Please do not be around the beaches around the Sunda Strait. Those who have evacuated, please do not return yet,” said Rahmat Triyono, an official at the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

The Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra connects the Java Sea to the Indian Ocean and is reported to have taken place at 21:27 Western Indonesian Time (WIB) on December 22.

The Meteorology and Geophysics agency in a separate statement said it could have been caused by undersea landslides from Anak Krakatoa, a volcanic island formed over years from the Krakatau volcano, which last erupted in October.”

In September, at least 832 people were killed by a quake and tsunami that hit the city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi, which is just east of Borneo.

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Indonesia Tsunami Live updates: Saturday's tsunami triggered memories for some of the massive 9.1-magnitude earthquake that hit on Dec. 26, 2004.

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    10:47 (IST)24 Dec 2018
    'Nation is one of the most disaster-prone nations on Earth'

    The vast archipelago nation is one of the most disaster-prone nations on Earth due to its position straddling the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, where tectonic plates collide. Experts have said that Saturday's rare volcano-sparked tsunami could have been caused by an underwater collapse of part of the volcano. Anak Krakatoa, which forms a small island in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra, emerged around 1928 in the crater left by Krakatoa, whose massive eruption in 1883 killed at least 36,000 people and affected global weather patterns for years.

    10:47 (IST)24 Dec 2018
    Indonesian president Joko Widodo scheduled to visit the area

    Indonesian president Joko Widodo was scheduled to visit the area Monday, less than three months after a quake-tsunami killed thousands of people around the city of Palu on Sulawesi island.

    10:46 (IST)24 Dec 2018
    Hundreds of buildings destroyed

    Hundreds of buildings were destroyed by the wave, which hit the coast of southern Sumatra and the western tip of Java around 9:30 pm (1430 GMT) on Saturday after a volcano known as the "child" of the legendary Krakatoa erupted. The destructive wave left a trail of uprooted trees and debris strewn across beaches. A tangled mess of corrugated steel roofing, timber and rubble was dragged inland at Carita beach, a popular spot for day-trippers on the west coast of Java.

    10:45 (IST)24 Dec 2018
    The number of victims and damage will continue to rise

    "The number of victims and damage will continue to rise," said disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. Rescue teams used diggers and other heavy equipment to haul debris from the stricken area around the Sunda Strait on Monday, as thousands were evacuated from the affected region. "The military and police are searching the ruins to see if we can find more victims," said Dody Ruswandi, a senior official at the disaster agency, adding that the rescue effort was likely to last a week.

    10:45 (IST)24 Dec 2018
    Death toll reaches 281

    The volcano-triggered tsunami killed at least 281 people, with experts warning the devastated region could be slammed by more tidal waves. The national disaster agency said casualty figures were set to rise as it issued the fresh death toll -- up from a previous 222 -- and said more than 50 people were still missing. Over 1,000 were injured in the disaster on Saturday evening, the agency added.

    20:44 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    PM Narendra Modi condoles loss of lives

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday expressed sorrow over the loss of lives in Indonesia due to tsunami, and said India is ready to assist its maritime neighbour in relief work. At least 222 people were dead and hundreds more injured after a volcano-triggered tsunami hit beaches around Indonesia's Sunda Strait. "Saddened by the loss of lives and destruction in Indonesia caused by tsunami ... Condolences to the bereaved families ... India is ready to assist our maritime neighbour and friend in relief work," the PM tweeted.

    20:32 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    European Union offers condolences

    The European Union has offered its condolences. It also promised aid to Indonesia. European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said in a letter addressed to Indonesian President Joko Widodo that the EC was ready to assist in rescue efforts, reports Efe.

    20:28 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia among most disaster-prone nations

    Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone nations on Earth due to its position straddling the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide. Most recently in the city of Palu on Sulawesi island a quake and tsunami in September killed thousands of people.

    19:17 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Search and rescue operations are on

    Search and rescue teams were scouring rubble for survivors, with 222 people confirmed dead, 843 people injured and 28 missing, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. Tsunamis triggered by volcanic eruptions are relatively rare, caused by the sudden displacement of water or "slope failure", according to the International Tsunami Information Centre.

    18:38 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Hundreds of buildings were destroyed by wave

    Hundreds of buildings were destroyed by the wave, which hit the coast of southern Sumatra and the western tip of Java about 9:30 pm (1430 GMT) on Saturday after a volcano known as the "child" of Krakatoa erupted, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

    17:56 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Death toll rises to over 200

    A volcano-triggered tsunami has left at least 222 people dead and hundreds more injured after slamming without warning into beaches around Indonesia's Sunda Strait, officials said Sunday, voicing fears that the toll would rise further.

    15:21 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami 2018: Australian PM extends support

    "A very difficult day for our friends in Indonesia. Our thoughts go out to all those who have lost loved ones, the injured and all of their families. As always we stand ready to assist as needed."

    15:19 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami 2018: 200 employees of state electricity firm were for new year party

    Some 200 employees of state electricity utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) and family members had gathered at the Tanjung Lesung beach for an end-of-year party when the tsunami struck on Saturday night.

    15:09 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami 2018: Indonesian rock band, Seventeen, was performing.

    Footage shared on social media showed a large wave crashing into a tent in the resort, in which a popular Indonesian rock band, Seventeen, was performing.

    15:02 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami 2018: Four members of 'Seventeen' dead

    Among the dead were four members of Seventeen - bassist M. Awal "Bani" Purbani, road manager Oki Wijaya, guitarist Herman Sikumbang and crew member Ujang, the band said. The band's drummer was missing. "Lost Bani and our road manager Oki," lead singer Riefian "Ifan" Fajarsyah told followers in a tearful recorded video message on his Instagram account.

    15:01 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami 2018: "Underwater I could only pray 'Jesus Christ help"

    According to news agency Reuters, a video footage shared on social media showed partygoers enjoying the music and then screaming as the waves crashed into the stage and band members were swept away. Reuters was not able to immediately verify the video. "Underwater I could only pray 'Jesus Christ help!'," Zack, a crew member of the rock band Seventeen, said in an Instagram post describing how he struggled in the water. "In the final seconds I almost ran out of breath," he said, adding he survived by clinging to part of the collapsed stage.

    15:00 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami 2018: People screamed for help

    Partygoers screamed as tsunami waves smashed into a beachside concert in Indonesia, sending band members tumbling off a collapsing stage, dramatic video footage showed on Sunday, Reuters reported. Some 200 employees of state electricity utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) and family members had gathered at the Tanjung Lesung beach for an end-of-year party when the tsunami struck on Saturday night.

    14:57 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami 2018: Indonesia's vulnerable location

    Indonesia's proximity to the junction of three continental plates, which jostle under immense pressure, makes it particularly vulnerable to earthquakes and eruptions. The archipelago nation has nearly 130 active volcanoes, forming part of the Pacific "Ring of Fire" -- an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches from quake-prone Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.

    14:09 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami 2018: 1883

    Past: The massive cloud of ash plunged the area into darkness for two days in August 1883. The dust gave rise to spectacular sunsets and sunrises around the world the following year and disrupted weather patterns for years. The tsunami triggered by the eruption killed more than 36,000 people in one of the world's worst natural disasters. 

    14:05 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami 2018: Krakatoa erupted in 1883, explosions were heard in Australia

    No one lives on the island, but the peak is popular with tourists and is a major study area for volcanologists. When Krakatoa erupted on August 27, 1883 it shot a column of ash more than 20 kilometres into the air in a series of powerful explosions that were heard in Australia and up to 4,500 kilometres away near Mauritius. The massive cloud of ash plunged the area into darkness for two days. The dust gave rise to spectacular sunsets and sunrises around the world the following year and disrupted weather patterns for years. The tsunami triggered by the eruption killed more than 36,000 people in one of the world's worst natural disasters.

    13:50 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami 2018: Anak Krakatoa has been in a "state of semi-continuous eruptive activity"

    Since its birth, Anak Krakatoa has been in a "state of semi-continuous eruptive activity", growing bigger as it experiences eruptions every two to three years, volcanology professor Ray Cas from Monash University in Australia told AFP. "Most of the eruptions are relatively small on the scale of explosive eruptions ... and there's also eruptions that produce lava flows," he added.

    13:50 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami 2018: Anak Krakatoa emerged around 1928

    Experts say Anak Krakatoa emerged around 1928 in the caldera of Krakatoa, a volcanic island that violently erupted in 1883. With subsequent lava flows it grew from a submarine setting to become a small volcanic island, with the cone now standing at an altitude of around 300 metres (1,000 feet) above sea level.

    13:49 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami 2018: "Child of Krakatoa"

    The volcano that apparently triggered a deadly tsunami in Indonesia late Saturday emerged from the sea around the legendary Krakatoa 90 years ago and has been on a high-level eruption watchlist for the past decade. Anak Krakatoa (the "Child of Krakatoa") has been particularly active since June, occasionally sending massive plumes of ash high into the sky and in October a tour boat was nearly hit by lava bombs from the erupting volcano.

    12:59 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami 2018: '430 heavily damaged homes'

    Physical losses included 430 heavily damaged homes, nine heavily damaged hotels and 10 heavily damaged vessels. Footage posted by the head of the disaster agency showed the aftermath of flooded streets and an overturned car. The 305-meter (1,000-foot) -high volcano, about 200 kilometers (124 miles) southwest of capital Jakarta, has been erupting since June. In July, authorities widened its no-go areas to 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) from the crater.

    12:51 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami 2018: 'Waves were likely caused by a flank collapse'

    Gegar Prasetya, co-founder of the Tsunami Research Center Indonesia, said the waves were likely caused by a flank collapse _ when a big section of a volcano's slope gives way. He said it's possible for an eruption to trigger a landslide above ground or beneath the ocean, both capable of producing a tsunami. "Actually, the tsunami was not really big, only one meter,'' said Prasetya, who has closely studied Krakatau. ``The problem is people always tend to build everything close to the shoreline.''

    12:50 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami 2018: Indonesian President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo orders quick response

    Indonesian President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo expressed his sympathy and ordered government agencies to respond quickly to the disaster. "My deep condolences to the victims in Banten and Lumpung provinces," he said. "Hopefully, those who are left have patience."

    12:48 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami 2018: Tourists affected

    Tourists were also affected during the long holiday weekend ahead of Christmas. Australia and New Zealand said they have no information their citizens were among the victims but were continuing to check. "I had to run, as the wave passed the beach and landed 15-20m (meters) inland,," Norwegian Øystein Lund Andersen wrote on Facebook. The self-described photographer and volcano-enthusiast said he was taking pictures of the volcano when he suddenly saw a big wave come toward him.

    12:47 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami 2018: More than 700 people have injured

    More than 700 people have been reported injured since the tsunami hit at 9:27 p.m. Saturday, the Disaster Management Agency said. At least 30 others are unaccounted for. 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.

    10:55 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami 2018: Hundreds of homes and other buildings heavily damaged, rescue undergoing

    Hundreds of homes and other buildings were "heavily damaged" in the tsunami which struck along the rim of the Sunda Strait late on Saturday. Coastal residents reported not seeing or feeling any warning signs, like receding water or an earthquake, before waves of up to two meters washed ashore.

    10:47 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami 2018: "partial collapse" of Anak Krakatau.

    Ben van der Pluijm, an earthquake geologist and a professor in the University of Michigan, told Reuters that the tsunami may have been caused by a "partial collapse" of Anak Krakatau. "Instability of the slope of an active volcano can create a rock slide that moves a large volume of water, creating local tsunami waves that can be very powerful. This is like suddenly dropping a bag of sand in a tub filled with water," he said.

    10:28 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami 2018: Death toll rises to 62

    A spokesperson for Indonesia's disaster agency says tsunami death toll rises to 62 with 20 missing. Hundreds of homes and other buildings were "heavily damaged" in the tsunami which struck along the rim of the Sunda Strait late on Saturday.

    10:27 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami 2018: 'Series of tragedies that have struck Indonesia'

    It was the latest in a series of tragedies that have struck Indonesia, a vast archipelago, this year. Successive earthquakes flattened parts of the tourist island of Lombok, and a double quake-and-tsunami killed thousands on Sulawesi island. Nearly 200 people died when a Lion Air passenger plane crashed into the Java Sea in October.

    10:19 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami 2018: “Many are missing,”

    Endan Permana, head of the disaster mitigation agency in Pandeglang, told Metro TV police were providing assistance to victims in Tanjung Lesung in Banten province, a popular tourist getaway not far from the capital, Jakarta, as emergency workers had not arrived. “Many are missing,” Permana added.

    09:42 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami 2018: Eruption 24 minutes before Tsunami

    The Anak Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait that links the Indian Ocean and Java Sea erupted about 24 minutes before the tsunami, the geophysics agency said.

    Indonesia Tsunami 2018: A house and a small shop are seen after being hit by a tsunami at Tanjung Lesung district in Pandeglan on December 23 (Reuters)
    09:23 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami 2018: Local rock band members missing . Video

    More than 100 employees of the state utility company PLN had gathered in Tanjung Lesung for an end-of-year event, company spokesman I Made Suprateka told Reuters. The dramatic TV footage showed the seconds when waves hit a concert at the event and washed away the stage where local rock band Seventeen was performing. 'The water washed away the stage which was located very close to the sea,' the band said in a statement. 'The water rose and dragged away everyone at the location. We have lost loved ones, including our bassist and manager...and others are missing.'

    09:17 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami 2018 video:

    TV footage showed roads blocked by debris from damaged houses, overturned cars and fallen trees. The eruption created a column of volcanic ash up to 500 metres high. The disaster mitigation agency said it was still compiling information on the disaster and there was a “possibility that data on the victims and damage will increase”.

    09:13 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami 2018: A long history of Tsunami

    On Dec. 26 in 2004, an Indian Ocean tsunami triggered by an earthquake killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia. The eruption of Krakatau in 1883 killed more than 36,000 people in a series of tsunamis.

    09:10 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami 2018: Stay away from beaches

    Authorities warned residents and tourists in coastal areas around the Sunda Strait to stay away from beaches and a high-tide warning remained in place through till Dec. 25. "Please do not be around the beaches around the Sunda Strait. Those who have evacuated, please do not return yet," said Rahmat Triyono, head of the meteorological agency, Reuters reported.

    09:02 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami 2018: Indonesia Tsunami 2018 video

    The tsunami hit several areas of the Sunda Strait, including beaches in Pandeglang regency, Serang, and South Lampung

    08:40 (IST)23 Dec 2018
    Indonesia Tsunami: Hundreds of residents took refuge at governor's office

    In the city of Bandar Lampung on southern Sumatra, hundreds of residents took refuge at the governor's office. Alif, a resident in Pandeglang district who goes by one name, said the tsunami reached about 3 metres high. He told MetroTV station that many people were still searching for missing relatives, news agency PTI reported.

    Indonesia Tsunami Live updates: The Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra connects the Java Sea to the Indian Ocean and is reported to have taken place at 21:27 Western Indonesian Time (WIB) on December 22.