A deadly tsunami has hit Indonesia, leaving 168 dead, 745 injured and about 30 still missing as at time of this report. The tsunami seriously affected the Pandegland region of Banten Province in Java which houses the Ujung Kulon National Park and popular beaches south-west of the capital, Jakarta.
The cause of the disaster was strongly linked to an under-sea landslide caused from the eruption of the Anak Krakatoa volcano. The volcano Anak krakatoa, which means ‘child of krakatoa’ is believed to have triggered this deadly disaster as it has been active since June,occasionally sending massive plumes of ash into the sky.
This volcanic island was formed in 1928 out of the caldera of Krakatoa,the volcano that exploded in 1883,expelling ash 12km into the air and killing more than 30,000 people.
Anak Krakatoa erupts atleast once every 2-3 years ,which shows its active nature, though uninhabited but a popular tourist destination.
The President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, has issued a condolensce message saying ”i m in deep grief for the fallen tsunami victims in pandegland, serang, and South Lampung”.
” I have ordered all relevant government officials to immediately take emmergency response steps, look for and find victims and care for the injured,” he said.
Sutopo,an Indonesian civil servant and academician who works at the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management has confirmed that the saturday evening tsunami has left no fewer than 168 people dead, 745 injured and 30 whom are still missing.
The death toll is expected to rise since most of the worst affected areas were yet to be reached.
Scientist have however cited the cause of the tsunami to the eruption of the Anak Krakatoa, a volcanic island formed over years from the nearby Krakatau volcano.