Krakatoa volcano erupts in Indonesia before 'causing tsunami'

Posted by The King Slayer 2019 years ago in Nature
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At least 220 people have been killed and 800 injured after a tsunami struck beaches in Indonesia overnight.

A further 30 people are still missing after a volcanic eruption caused a deadly wave to crash over a pop concert where band Seventeen were playing on Saturday evening, sending people fleeing for their lives.

Two members of the band, the guitarist and the bass player, have been confirmed dead, along with the road manager and a crew member, while the drummer is missing.

Seventeen's bassist M. Awal 'Bani' Purbani, road manager Oki Wijaya, guitarist Herman Sikumbang and crew member Ujang, all died the lead singer Riefian 'Ifan' Fajarsyah said.

The 20 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, nine hotels and 10 ships.

Scientists say the tsunami was probably caused by the eruption of Anak Krakatau, a volcanic island formed over years from the nearby Krakatau volcano. The Meteorology and Geophysics agency also said tidal waves may have been strengthened by the full moon.

Undersea landslides from the eruption of Anak Krakatau - an island formed from previous blasts from Krakatoa - were recorded 24 minutes before the tsunami struck.

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.

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