Dead In Indonesia Tsunami: Disaster Agency

Saul Bowman
December 25, 2018

The volcano reportedly partially collapsed, triggering a landslide underwater, which then in turn kicked off the tsunami, said Dwikorita Karnawati, who leads Indonesia's meteorological agency, according to multiple news reports.

"It looks to be like a lot of people, again speculating not being on the ground, that a lot of people died of electrocution or just being pulled back out to sea and drowning", he said.

Experts warned that more deadly waves could slam the devastated region after Saturday night's disaster, as questions swirled over why the killer wave caught a disaster-prone country's monitors completely off guard.

The deadly tsunami occurred after undersea landslides caused by the eruption of the Krakatoa volcano, according to foreign media reports. Volcanic activity triggered a tsunami that killed hundreds on December 22, 2018. But this one caught everyone off guard.

The Tsunami Early Warning Signals that Indonesia had put in place is created to monitor earthquakes, but not undersea landslides and volcanic eruptions.

"Recommendations from [the] Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency are that people should not carry out activities on the beach and stay away from the coast for a while", he said.

WELLINGTON, Dec 24 - A large chunk of a flank of the volcanic Anak Krakatau island slipped into the ocean and triggered a tsunami that hit Indonesian shores, killing hundreds of people, officials and scientists said on Monday. The scientists also cited tidal waves caused by the full moon.

"Data collection is still ongoing".

Though relatively small compared to some other tsunamis, the lack of forewarning likely explained the high number of casualties. The island's warning system is ill-equipped to deal with volcanoes as 90 percent of the island's tsunamis stem from earthquakes. The tsunami, coming ahead of the peak holiday season, may also hurt the all-important tourism industry and weigh on the nation's currency, among the worst performers in Asia this year.

"This is probably the ultimate no-notice event", he said.

"Such triggers would not have been detected by Indonesia's tsunami early warning system because that is geared-up to detect earthquake-triggered tsunamis", said Richard Teeuw, a disaster risk reduction expert at the University of Portsmouth in England.

"The only question is whether it is related to volcanic activity", he said. The platform buckled. The band members and their equipment pitched forward as the water swept into the crowd.

No foreigners had been reported killed or injured.

"Suddenly a 1-meter (3.3-foot) wave hit me", he said.

The waters ripped houses from their foundations, left cars and boats smashed against palm trees. Debris from thatch-bamboo shacks was strewn along beaches.

Where victims were found, yellow, orange and black body bags were laid out, and weeping relatives identified the dead.

On Saturday, people were mingling on Java and Sumatra's beaches when waves unexpectedly pummeled the coasts. "Managed to evacuate with my family to higher ground (through) forest paths and villages, where we are taken care of (by) the locals. Were unharmed, thankfully", he wrote.

"It's already raining heavily and the winds are strong so we've only got a short timeframe to evacuate people and clean up", said Indonesia's public works minister Basuki Hadimuljono. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those in Indonesia affected by the natural disaster.

US President Donald Trump addressed the "unthinkable devastation" on Twitter Sunday morning.

The company said 13 people were still missing while 157 survived.

"My suspicion is that there was a landslide under the sea".

Anak Krakatau, which means child of Krakatau, is the island that emerged from the area once occupied by Krakatau, which was destroyed in 1883.

Anak Krakatau had been spewing ash and lava for months, with plumes reaching hundreds of feet in the air in the weeks leading up to the tsunami.

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