Doctors worked to save injured victims hundreds of military and volunteers scoured debris-strewn beaches in search of survivors Monday after a deadly tsunami gushed ashore without warning on Indonesian islands, killing at least 281 people on a busy holiday weekend. The Reuters newsreaders were using everything from heavy machinery to their hands-on hoping to find survivors. In addition, cleanup was started on some of the beaches, Reuter said.
Along with those who perished, more than 1,000 people were hurt. Dozens remained missing from the disaster areas along the coastlines of western Java and southern Sumatra islands, and the numbers could increase.
The eruption of Anak Krakatau, or "Child of Krakatoa," is one of the world's most infamous volcanic islands.
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Scientists cited by The Associated Press, including some of the geophysics agency, said it was set off by landslides-either above ground or underwater-on the ground steep slope of the erupting volcano.
Gegar Prasetya, co-founder of the Tsunami Research Center Indonesia, told the AP the tsunami, which was caused by a flank collapse – when a big section of a volcano's slope gives way.
The Indonesian Medical Association of the Banten region said it has sent doctors and many of the injured patients were in need of surgery.
It's the second deadly tsunami to hit seismically active Indonesia this year. A powerful earthquake triggered a tsunami that hit Sulawesi Island in September.
On Saturday night, however, the ground did not shake to alert people before the waves ripped off their foundations and swept
Dramatic video posted on a social media show the Indonesian pop band Seventeen performing a Tanjung reading at a concert for a state-owned electricity company. Dozens of people at the same time swayed to the music near the stage as strobe lights flashed and theatrical smoke was released. A child could therefore be seen wandering through the crowd.
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their bass player, guitarist and road manager were killed, while two other band members and the wife of one of the performers were missing.
Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said Monday that 281 deaths had been confirmed and at least 1,016 people were injured.
Indonesian President Joko " Jokowi "Widodo arrived by helicopter in the disaster area Monday.
In the city of Bandar Lampung, on Sumatra, hundreds of residents took refuge at the governor's office, while at the popular resort area of Anyer beach, Java, Some survivors wandered in the debris.
Jakarta, but foreigners were visiting the area during the long holiday weekend , A Norwegian photographer and volcano enthusiast posted on Facebook The Sunrise on the Beach.
The tsunami was not huge and did not surge far inland, but its still powerful and destructive. Hotels and hundreds of homes were heavily damaged by the waves. Broken chunks of concrete and splintered sticks of wood littered hard-hit coastal areas, turning into popular ghost towns. Debris from thatch-bamboo shacks was strewn along the coast.
Anak Krakatau formed over years after the 1883 eruption of the Krakatoa volcano,
Yellow, orange and black body bags were laid out one of the largest, most devastating in recorded history. That disaster killed more than 30,000 people, launched far-reaching tsunamis and created so much ash that day.
Most of the island sank into a volcanic crater under the sea , Anak Krakatau started to rise from the site.
Indonesia, a vast archipelago of more than 17,000 islands and home to 260 million people, is reading the "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin ,
A powerful quake on the island of Lombok kills 505 people in August. And the tsunami and earthquake that hit Sulawesi in September killed more than 2,100 people, and thousands are believed to be still in neighborhoods swallowed by a quake phenomenon known as liquefaction.
Saturday's tsunami so rekindled memories of the massive magnitude 9.1 earthquake that hit Indonesia on Dec. 26, 2004. Sumatra island is killing more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries – the majority in Indonesia.