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Tsunami leaves 62 dead & hundreds injured in Indonesia

Published on : 23 December 2018, 12:07 PM
Tsunami leaves 62 dead & hundreds injured in Indonesia

At least 62 people were killed and 584 wounded as a result of a tsunami that hit the Sunda Strait, between the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java, authorities said. It was known that at least 20 people remain missing.

"The number of victims is likely to increase if we take into account that we have not received information from all the affected areas," the spokesperson for the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB), Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said in a statement.

The tsunami particularly affected the Pandenglang district, where there were 14 deaths and 150 injuries, as well as serious damage to houses, hotel facilities, and infrastructure.

Other affected areas are the regency of Lampung del Sur, with three dead and eleven injured, and the regency of Serang, with three dead, four injured and two missing.

Sutopo said they need to investigate the cause of the tsunami, although he pointed out that it was most likely due to a submarine landslide caused by the eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano and swells due to the full moon.

Apparently, the combination of both things led to a sudden tsunami that hit the coast.

The Agency of Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics (BMKG) of Indonesia tries to determine the causes with the Geology Agency.

On September 28, an earthquake of magnitude 7.5 in the central area of the island of Célebes triggered a tsunami that left 2,081 dead and more than 200,000 displaced, mostly in the town of Palu and its surroundings.

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