JAKARTA: It was probably a quiet and normal Saturday (Dec 22) night for most, along the meandering coastlines of southern Sumatra and western Java islands in Indonesia. For some, it was a night of revelry within the lush resorts that sit on the shores of the islands.But within minutes, the areas became the scene of tragedy and devastation after a tsunami crashed into the beaches, bringing destruction on its path as people ran for their lives.The aftermath left more than sixty people dead, hundreds injured and several still missing. The death toll, authorities said, is expected to rise.Hours later, as people sought an explanation for the huge wave that suddenly took so many lives and destroyed hundreds of homes, authorities pointed to a volcano, situated between the two islands along the Sunda Strait.HOW IT COULD HAVE HAPPENEDThe ongoing eruption of Mount Anak Krakatoa, the "child" of the legendary Krakatoa, is being seen as the likely cause of the … [Read more...] about Indonesia ‘volcano’ tsunami: How did it happen?
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JAKARTA: Indonesia's disaster agency said 62 people were dead and another 584 injured after a tsunami struck coastal areas around the Sunda Strait between the islands of Sumatra and Java on Saturday (Dec 22) night.Twenty people remain missing, according to authorities."We're recapping reports of impacts from the tsunami that struck in the Sunda Strait, particularly Serang, Pandeglang and South Lampung," Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told Metro TV on Sunday morning, referring to the tidal wave linked to an earlier eruption of Anak Krakatau volcano.Hundreds of homes were damaged in the incident, and two people were missing, Nugroho said.Earlier reports said at least 20 people were killed and 165 injured, with the death toll expected to rise.Authorities say the tsunami may have been triggered by an underwater landslide following the eruption of Anak Krakatoa, which forms a small island in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra.Meanwhile, people injured … [Read more...] about Death toll from Indonesia ‘volcano’ tsunami climbs to 62, hundreds injured
JAKARTA: At least 20 people have been killed and more than one hundred injured in a tsunami in Indonesia that may have been caused by a volcano known as the "child" of the legendary Krakatoa, officials said early Sunday (Dec 23).Dozens of buildings were destroyed by the wave, which hit beaches in South Sumatra and the western tip of Java about 9.30 pm local time (1430 GMT) on Saturday, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement."20 people died, 165 people were injured and two people were missing in three regions," Nugroho said.Authorities say the tsunami may have been triggered by an abnormal tidal surge due to a new moon and an underwater landslide following the eruption of Anak Krakatoa, which forms a small island in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra.Indonesia's geological agency was investigating the cause, Nugroho said, adding the death toll would likely increase.Anak Krakatoa is a small volcanic island that emerged from the ocean half a … [Read more...] about At least 20 dead after tsunami hits Indonesia beaches following volcano eruption
By The Associated Press Sun., Dec. 16, 2018 JAKARTA, INDONESIA—A volcano in central Indonesia has erupted, ejecting columns of thick ash as high as 7,500 metres into the sky. Mount Soputan, located on the northern part of Sulawesi island, erupted twice Sunday morning, said the national disaster agency’s spokesperson, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. He said in anticipation of hot ash and lava sliding down the volcano’s slopes, local residents have been urged to avoid activities near the mountain. Residents were also warned against the possible flowing of lava into rivers around the volcano, and urged to wear masks in case of ash rain. Authorities kept the volcano’s alert level at the second-highest level. Article Continued Below Soputan, which stands 1,784 metres tall, is one of Indonesia’s more than 120 active volcanoes. Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 260 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions due to its … [Read more...] about Indonesia’s Soputan volcano erupts, ejecting thick ash
JAKARTA - Indonesian authorities ordered people living near a volcano to leave their homes on Friday (May 11) and a major city closed its airport after the 5,500-metre peak sent a column of steam and ash into the sky. The Mount Merapi volcano on densely populated Java island is one of the most active in Indonesia and a series of eruptions in 2010 killed more than 350 people. A disaster mitigation agency told residents living within a 5km radius of the mountain to move to shelters, agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement. He said that 120 people who had been hiking up Merapi were safe. The airport in Yogyakarta, the nearest big city to the volcano, shut because of the threat from the ash, the state-owned aviation agency AirNav said in a statement. The disaster agency described Merapi's latest eruption as phreatic, which means magma heats up groundwater and vapour is released under pressure. The alert status on Merapi had not be raised, it said. news POST … [Read more...] about Indonesia evacuates residents, shuts airport after Java volcano erupts