The eruption of Indonesia’s Arak Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait triggered a tsunami that killed more than 200 and injured over 800 others as it struck the islands of Java and Sumatra:
A tsunami killed more than 200 people and injured hundreds on the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra following an underwater landslide believed to be caused by erupting of Anak Krakatau volcano.https://t.co/skYiSnw2Iw
— WION (@WIONews) December 23, 2018
— AFP Photo (@AFPphoto) December 23, 2018
At least 28 are listed as missing as well, but these are early numbers and sadly, could still rise:
More than 800 were reported injured and 28 missing after the tsunami hit around the Sunda Strait on Saturday night, the Disaster Management Agency said. The toll could continue to rise because some areas had not yet been reached. https://t.co/vtH7mQQzGF
— NBC Connecticut (@NBCConnecticut) December 23, 2018
Anak Krakatau: means the “son” of the infamous and deadly Krakatoa volcano whose eruption and the subsequent tsunami in 1883 killed 33,000:
— La Tercera (@latercera) December 23, 2018
Video captured the moment the tsunami struck, killing members of the pop band Seventeen who was performing on stage at the time:
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) December 23, 2018
Anak Krakatau eruption triggers a landslide that spurns a tsunami. The 1883 Krakatau eruption triggered a tsunami that killed 33000. pic.twitter.com/Kl2cNmrD6n
— מורה Ikenna (@FailedRift) December 23, 2018
It is thought the eruption triggered an undersea earthquake which led to the tsunami:
@Lookner "Admitted, there was a tsunami that hit the coast of the Sunda Strait. The cause of the tsunami is not an earthquake. But the possibility of an underwater landslide influences the eruption of Mount Anak Krakatau. Along with the tidal wave due to the full moon." https://t.co/jdfiwmnkQY
— René de Vrind (@Rene_FVD) December 23, 2018
Scientists are monitoring the volcano and the risk of more eruptions/earthquakes/tsunamis is high:
Video of part of the volcanic eruption believed to have started deadly Indonesia tsunami – listen to it. ? Krakatau Islands Foreset Management Unit?Anak Krakatau, Indonesia #tsunami #earthquake #scary #volcano #eruption #indonesiatsunami #nature #mothernature #krakatau #Anyer pic.twitter.com/RMbBaxlVKw
— Life With Weather (@lifewithweather) December 23, 2018
A warning from Rahmat Riyono, the head of BMKG. Another tsunami is possible because Saturday night's wave was caused by an eruption of the Anak-Krakatau volcano, rather than an earthquake.
"We urge people to stay away from Anak-Krakatau and the beach."
— James Massola (@jamesmassola) December 23, 2018
Editor’s note: We’ve corrected a typo. Krakatoa erupted in 1883, not 1983.