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Indonesia Tsunami: At least 43 dead, hundreds injured



JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – A tsunami, apparently caused by the eruption of an island volcano, killed at least 43 people after the waves hit the shores of the Indonesian Sunda Strait and brought in a 20 meter high water wall Inland The government and witnesses have damaged hundreds of homes, including hotels.

Approximately 600 people were injured when the tsunami arrived around 21:27 Saturday, the Disaster Management Agency said.

Scientists from the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said it may have been caused by underwater landslides caused by the eruption of Anak Krakatau, a volcanic island formed over years by the Krakatau volcano. They also cited tidal waves caused by the full moon.

"I had to run when the wave passed the beach and landed 1

5-20 m (inland)," wrote Norwegian Øystein Lund Andersen on Facebook. He said he photographed the volcano when he suddenly saw a big wave approaching.

The next wave entered the hotel complex where I had cars on the Road behind. I managed to evacuate with my family through forest roads and villages to higher elevations, where we are looked after by the locals. Fortunately, we are uninjured.

The worst hit was the Pandeglang region in the province of Banten in Java, which includes the Ujung Kulon National Park and popular beaches, said the Disaster Agency. Of the deaths, 33 were in Pandeglang.

In the city of Bandar Lampung in southern Sumatra, hundreds of residents sought refuge in the governor's office.

Alif, a resident of the Pandeglang district who bears a name, said the tsunami reached a height of about 3 meters. He told the MetroTV station that many people were still looking for missing relatives.

The volcano Anak Krakatau in the The Sunda Strait, which connects the Indian Ocean and the Java Sea, erupted about 24 minutes before the tsunami, the geophysics agency said.

The 305 meter high volcano is located about 200 kilometers southwest of the capital Jakarta, has been erupting since June. In July, the authorities expanded their restricted areas to 2 kilometers from the crater.

Physical damage included 430 severely damaged homes, nine severely damaged hotels, and ten severely damaged ships. The material published by the Chief of the Disaster Administration showed the consequences of flooded roads and a fallen car.

In September, more than 2,500 people were killed by a quake and tsunami that hit the city of Palu on Sulawesi Island, east of Borneo.


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