At least 281 killed as massive tsunami hits Indonesia

At least 281 killed as massive tsunami hits Indonesia

- A tsunami slams ashore near an erupting volcano around the Sunda Strait area off the western tip of Java island about 60 miles from Jakarta without warning

- Indonesian seismologists speculate that the Krakatoa volcano which has been erupting since June, 2018, may have triggered a landslide — possibly undersea, which likely generated the tsunami

- The disaster management agency says so far there are no foreign nationals among the casualties

At least 281 persons have been reported dead and 1,000 others injured after a tsunami sent water crashing ashore and sweeping away hotels, hundreds of houses and people attending a beach concert in Indonesia.

The Washington Post reports that the tsunami slammed ashore near an erupting volcano around the Sunda Strait area off the western tip of Java island about 60 miles from Jakarta without warning.

The death toll is expected to rise following a warning by authorities as they widened searches and treated nearly 1,000 people injured by the three-foot surge of water that hit late on Saturday, December 22.

Indonesian seismologists speculated that the Krakatoa volcano, which has been erupting since June, 2018, may have triggered a landslide — possibly undersea which may likely generated the tsunami.

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The disaster reportedly did not create tremors that normally put coastal residents on watch for tsunami. Officials also issued no formal tsunami warnings.

NBC News reports that the disaster management agency said so far there were no foreign nationals among the casualties. More than 550 houses and 350 boats were also damaged.

The news outlet stated that the disaster struck while Indonesian pop band named “Seventeen” was performing under a tent on a popular beach at a concert for employees of the state-owned electricity company.

The band have released a statement saying their bass player and road manager were found dead, while three other band members and the wife of one of the performers remained missing.

"The tide rose to the surface and dragged all the people on site," it said. "Unfortunately, when the current receded our members are unable to save themselves while some did not find a place to hold on," the band said.

The disaster agency reportedly said that the worst-hit area was the Pandeglang region of Java island's Banten province, which encompasses Ujung Kulon National Park and popular beaches.

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A Norwegian photographer and volcano-enthusiast, Øystein Lund Andersen, said he was taking pictures of the volcano when he suddenly saw a big wave come toward him.

"Thanks everybody for your kind words here, messages and phone calls. I have not been able to answer all yet, since obviously you have to deal with the security and wellbeing of your family first. We are now in safety back home in Jakarta. Unharmed," Øystein Lund Andersen wrote on Facebook.

"Were thankful for that and hope the local authorities in the areas affected by the tsunami continue their good work in helping the communities."

He suggested that the tsunami may have been triggered by a partial collapse of the Anak-krakatau volcano.

Meanwhile, there was pandemonium in Abule Egbe area of Lagos as fire ravaged the locality following vandalisation of oil pipelines by some vandals.

Some residential and commercial buildings were reportedly affected in the fire which began at about 3.30am on Wednesday, December 19.

Legit.ng gathered that the vandals were reportedly responsible for the explosion from the pipelines, which extended to Abule Egba bus stop. Some witnesses to the incident said cars, houses including shops were destroyed in the fire.

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