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Over 160 Dead after Tsunami in Indonesia

A Tsunami disaster on the Indonesian Islands of Sumatra and Java and killed at least 168 people and serious damage done. According to the civil protection authority from the Sunday 745 people were also injured.

a Further 30 were considered as missing. It was feared that the death toll still could rise. The flood waves were in the midst of broken in the holiday season on popular tourist beaches.

coast Made strokes to both sides of the Sundastrasse well-known Strait between Sumatra and Java. According to the Indonesian Agency for Geophysics, the cause was probably an eruption of the sea close-lying volcano Anak Krakatau, the under water landslide. There is talk of a 20-Meter-high waves.

high season for tourists

Thus, the Eruption occurred on Saturday night at 21.03 PM (local time), 24 minutes later, the Tsunami hit the country. Has aggravated the Situation that prevailed at the same time flood disaster protection spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said.

According to his words, the Sundastrasse people were both in the Sumatra, belonging to the province of Lumpang on the Northern side to death as well as in Java province of Banten, which is located to the South of the Straits and the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, is adjacent.

Some of the most violent measures taken, the areas are located in Banten, where there are lots of beach accommodations for tourists. Here alone 126 people were killed, according to Nugroho. In view of the holiday season high-was operating.

Nugroho, according to at least 430 homes were damaged, nine hotel properties, ten vessels and dozens of cars. Heavy Tsunami damage have been reported, among others, from the holiday beach Carita. Nugroho widespread via his Twitter page a video which pile of debris in front of destroyed houses and totally wrecked cars.

Always Tsunamis

Indonesia lies on the Pacific ring of fire, the geologically most active Zone of the earth. For the inhabitants of earthquakes, Tsunamis and volcanic outbreaks are not a new experience. The island state has so many active volcanoes than any other country in the world. The Mega-Tsunami of Christmas 2004, more than 160'000 people, so many as nowhere else in the Region died there. A total of about 230'000 people were at that time in the Eastern coastal States of the Indian ocean lost their lives.

almost three months Ago, the tourists and the popular Indonesian island of Sulawesi by a severe earthquake and a resulting Tsunami was ravaged, at a cost of more than 2200 people. At the time, resentment among many Indonesians about the slow response of the Indonesian authorities to the disaster.

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Created: 23.12.2018, 00:33 PM

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