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Death toll tsunami in Indonesia to 222, more than eight hundred wounded

By the tsunami that Saturday night, the beaches around the Street Sunda in Indonesia reached, are certainly 222 people to the life to come. According to the authorities are still thirty men missing.

In short

  • Java and Sumatra hit by the tsunami.
  • Dozens of people are missing.
  • Possible cause is the eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano.
  • Region Pandeglang on Java most affected.

A spokesman let us know that the number of victims probably will continue to rise. There are 843 people are injured and there are still dozens of people missing.

The tsunami hit the beaches of Indonesia on the southern coast of the country, about 100 kilometers west of the capital Jakarta. The tidal wave swept through the Strait Sunda, a strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra.

Among the regions, Pandeglang and Serang in Java and South Lampung on Sumatra were badly hit. According to the spokesperson, hundreds of houses and other buildings to heavy damage. Also a street with cars-white, and there is substantial damage to roads and forests. The total extent of the damage is still in the picture.

Local residents to know that they are no warning signs, such as the retreat of the sea or an earthquake, have heard of or seen. According to the authorities is in some places a tsunamiwaarschuwing issued.

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Tsunami hits band and concert-goers in Indonesia

Currently no messages about the Dutch victims

The Dutch ambassador in Indonesia, Rob Swartbol, reports that the tide much damage it has caused. He calls tourists in the affected area on the instructions of the local authorities to follow. In case of an emergency, they should contact the ministry of Foreign Affairs.

There are currently no messages about the Dutch victims. The ministry of Foreign Affairs says it in close contact with the Dutch embassy in Jakarta. Travel company Thomas Cook has in the affected area currently has no leisure to sit, let a spokesperson when prompted, know. A spokesman for tour operator TUI says nothing about the Dutch people to have heard of it.

Prime minister Mark Rutte, the Indonesian president Either Widodo are condolences conveyed. “Is Indonesia afflicted by a terrible natural disaster. Thoughts are with the victims of the tsunami in the Strait of Sunda, Java and Sumatra”, showed Rutte via Twitter know.

He added that the ministry of Foreign Affairs the situation “closely follows”.

Photo: Dozens of deaths by tsunami in Indonesia

Indonesia Saturday night, hit by a tsunami.
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The tidal wave took place in the strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra.
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There are dozens of people to the life to come.
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The authorities report that there are almost six hundred wounded.
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In particular, there is a lot of damage in the area Pandeglang (west Java).
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Hundreds of buildings are damaged or completely swept away.
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A family that is a victim of the tsunami.
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The tsunami is most likely to be caused by subsurface landslides after the eruption of the volcano Anak Krakatau.
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The tide would be about 15 to 20 feet of the land have been erected.
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Tsunami caused by volcanic eruption

Probably is the tidal wave caused by an eruption of Anak Krakatau volcano, in the middle of the strait, followed by a submarine landslide.

The Indonesian agency for meteorology, climatology and geophysics (BMKG) does research into the cause of the tsunami. According to the bureau found to be 21.03 hours (local time), a volcanic eruption place and came the tsunami 24 minutes later to land.

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This creates a tsunami

Warning remains in effect

People who the affected area have fled, called for the time being not to return. The next few days remains a warning to the high water level of force.

In 1883 there were more than 36,000 deaths by a series of tsunamis that were caused by the eruption of the Krakatoa volcano. Complete cities and villages on the coasts of Java and Sumatra were washed away. The eruption caused the mountain Krakatau under the surface of the water disappeared. From 1927 appeared the new volcanic island.

See also:
Tsunami deals damage on Sumatra and Java in Indonesia

The location of the volcano Anak Krakatoa in the Strait Sunda (Image: Google Maps).

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