Indonesia rocked by earthquake less than 24 hours after tsunami killed 222 people

Indonesia rocked by earthquake less than 24 hours after tsunami killed 222 people

December 23, 2018

The 5.0-magnitude quake struck 23km off Tiku, at a depth of 97.1km, according to data from the US Geological Survey.

More than 800 people were injured and dozens more missing after the tsunami hit around the Sunda Strait at about 9.30pm yesterday, the Disaster Management Agency said.

It is feared that the death toll could continue to rise as some areas have not yet been accessed by rescuers.

People ran for their lives as the tsunami smashed onto the beaches without warning, ripping houses and hotels from their foundations in seconds and sweeping some into the sea.

Scientists, including those from Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics agency, said today that the tsunami could have been caused by underwater landslides or those occurring above ground on Anak Krakatau's steep slope following its eruption.

The volcano lies in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands, linking the Indian Ocean and Java Sea.

It erupted about 24 minutes before the tsunami struck the shore, the geophysics agency said.

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The worst-affected area was the Pandeglang region of Java's Banten province, which encompasses Ujung Kulon National Park and popular beaches.

The volcanic island formed after one of the largest, most devastating eruptions in recorded history occurred at the Krakatoa volcano more than a century ago.

Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said 222 deaths had been confirmed and at least 843 people were injured.

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo expressed his sympathy and ordered government agencies to respond quickly to the disaster.

He said: "My deep condolences to the victims in Banten and Lumpung provinces. Hopefully, those who are left have patience."

In the city of Bandar Lampung on Sumatra, hundreds of residents took refuge at the governor's office, while at the popular resort area of Anyer beach on Java, some survivors appeared lost while wandering.

TV images showed the moment 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.

Horrifying footage also shows a huge wave smash through the stage as pop band Seventeen performed at a beach resort.

The band's guitarist, bass player M.Awal Purbani, also known as Bani, and road manager Oki Wijaya were later found dead.

Seventeen is still looking for three people who remain missing – its drummer, a crew member and the wife of singer Ifan.

Associated Press reports that nine hotels and hundreds of homes were heavily damaged by the waves.

Broken chunks of concrete and splintered sticks of wood litter coastal areas, turning beach getaways popular with Jakarta residents into near ghost towns.

And vehicles tossed by the waves can be seen overturned in the rubble or wedged under collapsed roofs.

Debris from thatch-bamboo shacks has been strewn along beaches.

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