[WATCH] Indonesia tsunami kills over 220 people following volcanic eruption

Following the eruption of Anak Krakatoa, yet another tsunami this year kills over 220 individuals in Indonesia

 Surviving residents inspect the damage to their homes on Carita beach in South Sumatra, Indonesia
Surviving residents inspect the damage to their homes on Carita beach in South Sumatra, Indonesia

222 people are dead, over 840 are injured and many are missing after the tsunami that crashed into the popular tourist area on the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra in Indonesia on Saturday evening.

The area hosts a number of heavily-populated villages and popular hotels.

This is the second devastating tsunami to hit Indonesia in the last four months. The previous earthquake-triggered tsunami that took place at the end of September killed more than 400 people.

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Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesperson for the Indonesian disaster agency, has posted aerial footage of the affected area in Kalianda Beach, south Lampung, where so far 35 bodies have been recovered and a reported 115 people were injured.

The Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, has tweeted his “deep grief for the fallen tsunami victims in Pandeglang, Serang and South Lampung”.

“I have ordered all relevant government officials to immediately take emergency response steps, look for and find victims, and care for the injured,” he said.

Scientists say the tsunami was probably caused by the eruption of Anak Krakatau, a volcanic island formed over the years from the nearby Krakatau volcano. They also cited tidal waves caused by the full moon.

The worst affected area was the Pandeglang region of Banten province in Java, which encompasses the Ujung Kulon National Park and popular beaches south-west of the capital, Jakarta.

David Rothery, professor of Planetary Geosciences at the Open University, said, "Anak Krakatau, the volcano on the site of Krakatau (Krakatoa) that was destroyed by the devastating eruption of 1883, has not suddenly come to life as some reports have implied. It has been erupting continually throughout much of this year, as part of the process of volcanic regrowth."

In 1883, over 30,000 of the deaths were caused by the tsunami resulting from the explosive destruction of the former volcano. Last night’s tsunami appears to have been caused by an underwater collapse of part of the new island that has been forming as the volcano grows.

The authorities expect the death toll to rise as emergency services try to hunt down the missing hundreds.

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