“It’s possible the materials around Anak Krakatau collapsed to the sea and triggered the tsunami and affected beaches around Sunda Strait,” Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency said. The tsunami hit Pandeglang, Serang and South Lampung, Indonesia, Saturday night, killed at least 62 people and injured at least 548. More than 400 houses and nine hotels were heavily damaged, the country’s disaster management agency says. Among the areas hit was the popular Tanjung Lesung beach resort in west Java. There was no warning of the advancing wave.
Some members of the popular Indonesian rock band, Seventeen, were killed when performing in the resort. Others are missing. TV footage showed roads blocked by debris from damaged houses, overturned cars and fallen trees. Rescue workers and ambulances were finding it difficult to reach affected areas because some roads were blocked by debris. Authorities warned residents and tourists in coastal areas around the Sunda Strait to stay away from beaches and a high-tide warning remained in place through till Dec. 25. The Anak Krakatoa volcano has seen increased activity in recent months. Indonesia is prone to tsunamis because it lies on the Ring of Fire. However, tsunamis caused by volcanic activity like this are less frequent.
The tsunami killed more than 220 people and injured more than 800.