At least 20 people have died as tsunami hits Indonesia
23rd December 2018

Tsunami strikes Indonesia killing at least 20 people and injuring 160 more after Krakatoa blows its top as volcanic ash spreads across the region threatening holiday flights

  • Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency said at least 20 people have been confirmed killed in the tsunami
  • A further 165 people have been injured after the wave hit beaches around the Sunda Strait 
  • It is believed the wave was caused by seismic activity from the volcanic eruption on nearby Krakatoa 
  • Almost 900 people were killed in the region in September after an earthquake caused a tsunami  

At least 20 people have been killed after a tsunami caused by a volcanic eruption hit beaches in Indonesia. 

The wave hit beaches around the Sunda Strait late on Saturday night. 

The country’s Disaster Mitigation Agency confirmed around 165 people have been injured. 

Survivors of the Indonesian tsunami which killed 20 and injured a further 165 sheltered in a mosque after they evacuated to higher ground in case of further flooding

At least 20 people have been killed after a tsunami hit beaches around the Sunda Strait late on Saturday night

The killer wave was believed to have been caused by a volcanic eruption on nearby Krakatoa

More than 165 people have reportedly been injured as a result of the tsunami which hit late on Saturday night 

It is believed the tsunami was caused by an undersea landslide following the eruption of the Krakatoa volcano. 

It is understood the wave hit beaches on the Sunda Strait – between the islands of Java and Sumatra. 

In September, at least 832 people were killed by a quake and tsunami that hit the city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi, which is just east of Borneo. 


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A volcanic eruption in Krakatoa in 1883 was one of the deadliest in recorded history killing more than 36,000 people. 

A video circulating on Twitter shows a two-foot high wave washing ashore. Later photographs show cars overturned and buildings destroyed. 

However, local media said Indonesian authorities warned coastal areas could be hit by 7-foot high waves. 

One witness,  Øystein Lund Andersen wrote on Facebook: ‘I had to run, as the wave passed the beach and landed 15-20m (meters) inland. Next wave entered the hotel area where i was staying and downed cars on the road behind it. Managed to evacuate with my family to higher ground trough forest paths and villages, where we are taken care of (by) the locals. Were unharmed, thankfully.’

He said he had been taking photographs of the eruption on Krakatoa when the wave struck. 

He added: ‘So encountered my first tsunami it seems, hopefully my last.’ 

More to follow. 

It is believed the tsunami may have been caused by seismic activity from an eruption on Krakatoa (pictured here in July)

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