TANJUNG READING, Indonesia – The doctors worked to help the survivors, and hundreds of people searched Monday after destroyed beaches for more victims of a deadly tsunami, without warning in the dark houses, hotels and other buildings included Indonesian strait.
The waves that swept frightened people into the sea along the Sunda Strait on Saturday night followed an eruption and a possible landslide on Anak Krakatau, one of the world's most notorious volcanic islands.
At least 222 people were killed. More than 800 were injured and dozens were missing in the disaster areas along the shores of the western islands of Java and South Sumatra. The death toll could increase as authorities learn of all affected areas.
The Indonesian Medical Association says that more doctors and medical equipment are sent and that many of the injured people need orthopedic and neurosurgical expertise. It is said that most patients are local tourists who visited the beach on the long holiday weekend.
It was the second deadly tsunami that hit Indonesia this year, but the one who hit Sulawesi Island on September 28 became one strong earthquake warning residents of the waves.
On Saturday night, the floor did not shake to alert people to the impending wave, dragging the buildings out of their foundations in seconds, and sending frightened concertgoers along the beach to the sea.
Dramatic video on social media featured Indonesian pop band Seventeen performing on Tanjung Reading Beach at a concert for employees of a state-owned electricity company under a tent. Dozens of people sat at tables, while others near the stage swayed to music as the flashlights flashed and the smoke escaped from the theater. You could also see a child wandering through the crowd. Seconds later, when the drummer pounded just before the start of the next song, the stage suddenly plunged forward and writhed under the force of the water, tossing the band and their gang back and forth into the audience.
The group released a statement saying that their bassist, guitarist and street manager had been killed while two other band members and the wife of one of the performers were missing.
"The tide rose to surface and dragged all local people," it says in the statement. "Unfortunately, when the current slowed, our members could not escape, while some found no place to hold on."
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for the disaster agency, said late on Sunday that 222 deaths had been confirmed and at least 843 people died were injured.
The Pandeglang region in Java's Banten province, which includes Ujung Kulon National Park and popular beaches, was hit hardest.
Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo expressed his sympathy and ordered the government to agencies to respond quickly to the disaster.
"My deep condolences to the victims in the provinces of Banten and Lumpung," he said. "Hopefully the backward ones will be patient."
In the city of Bandar Lampung on Sumatra, hundreds of residents sought refuge in the governor's office, while in the popular resort area Anyer Beach on Java, some survivors on the island of Java were traveling debris.
Many of those affected were local tourists who enjoyed the long holiday weekend, but foreigners visited the area before Christmas.
"I had to run when the wave passed the beach and landed 1
The damage was on Sunday after sunrise. Nine hotels and hundreds of homes were severely damaged by the waves. Broken concrete chunks and splintered wooden sticks scattered hard-hit coastal areas and made beach trips popular with the residents of Jakarta into ghost towns. Rubble from thatched roof bamboo huts were scattered on the beaches.
Yellow, orange and black body bags were laid out and weeping relatives identified the dead.
Scientists, including representatives of the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency, could do so landslides – either above ground or underwater – on the steep slope of the erupting volcano Anak Krakatau. The scientists also cited tidal waves caused by the full moon.
The 305 meter high Anak Krakatau, whose name means "Child of Krakatoa", is located on an island in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra Islands, which connect the Indian Ocean and the Java Sea. It broke out in June and did so again about 24 minutes before the tsunami, the geophysics agency said.
The volcanic island was built over years after the eruption of the Krakatoa volcano in 1883, one of the largest and most devastating in history. More than 30,000 people were killed, widespread tsunamis were fired and so much ash was produced that night in the area and a global drop in temperature was recorded.
Most of the island sank in a volcanic crater under the sea. The area remained quiet until the 1920s when Anak Krakatau began to rise from the site. It keeps growing from year to year and breaks out from time to time.
Gegar Prasetya, co-founder of the Tsunami Research Center Indonesia, said the Saturday's tsunami was probably caused by a flank collapse – when a large section of the volcanic slope gives way. An eruption could trigger a landslide above the ground or under the sea, both of which can generate waves.
"Actually, the tsunami was not really big, just 1 meter (3.3 feet)," said Prasetya. Who studied Krakatoa? "The problem is that people always build everything near the coast."
Indonesia, a vast archipelago of more than 17,000 islands and home to 260 million people, lies on the "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and volcanic fault lines in the Pacific Basin. Roads and infrastructure are poor in many areas, making access difficult in the best conditions.
A heavy quake on Lombok Island killed 505 people in August. The tsunami and earthquake that struck Sulawesi in September killed more than 2,100 people and it is estimated that thousands of people have been buried in earthquakes spilled by an earthquake phenomenon known as liquefaction December 26, 2004. A huge tsunami off the island of Sumatra, killing more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries – the majority in Indonesia – contributed to the report.