Surprise Tsunami Set Off by Volcano Kills at Least 222 in Indonesia

At least 222 people have been killed with hundreds injured and missing when a tsunami hit the coastline of Java and Sumatra, Indonesia on Saturday.

Underwater landslides set off by the eruption of the Krakatoa volcano in the Sunda Strait that lies between the islands likely caused the tsunami.

According to witnesses there was no warning before the waves struck the Pandeglang district. 850 people have been injured and 28 are unaccounted for. The tsunami has destroyed at least 550 houses and 350 boats.

The tsunami comes less than three months after a 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck Palu on the island of Sulawesi killing 2,256 people.

 

 

Photo: “Krakatoa volcano | Krakatau Vulkan” by Alexander Gerst is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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