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Indonesia: Tsunami triggered by volcano kills nearly 168, hundreds other injured
Posted on: 23-12-2018 , 02:03:PM | DY365 Bureau

 Picture Courtesy: The Guardian

December 23, 2018: At least 168 people have been killed and several hundred were injured  after a tsunami hits the shores around Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra following an underwater landslide believed caused by the erupting Anak Krakatau volcano on Saturday.

As per reports, hundreds of homes and other buildings were "heavily damaged" when the tsunami struck along the rim of the Sunda Strait at about 21:30 local time (14:30GMT), and the death toll is likely to rise further. Thousands of residents were forced to evacuate to higher ground. There was no estimate on the number of missing. 
 
Reportedly, TV images showed the seconds when the tsunami hit the beach and residential areas in Pandeglang on Java island, dragging with it victims, debris, and large chunks of wood and metal. 
 
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. 
 
It may be mentioned that Anak Krakatau is the island that emerged from the area once occupied by Krakatau, which was destroyed in 1883. It first appeared in 1927 and has been growing ever since. 
 
 
 

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