Footage shows the devastating destruction left by the Indonesian tsunami

29 December, 2018, 14:42 | Author: Donnie King
  • Image      The first image was taken on 20 August and the second on 24 December

Authorities also widened a no-go zone around Anak Krakatau to 5km (three miles) - up from a previous 2km - and warned shell-shocked residents to stay away from the coast, after more than 400 were killed by Saturday night's killer wave.

Anak Krakatau is known for its 1883 eruption - one of the deadliest in recorded history - that killed more than 36,000 people.

Indonesian authorities are warning people to stay at least a kilometer away (less than a mile) from the Sunda Strait coastline because of the risk of another tsunami. She said high waves and heavy rains are possible Wednesday and the wall of the volcano's crater is prone to collapse.

Clouds of ash spewed from Anak Krakatau, nearly obscuring the volcanic island where a crater collapse at high tide on Saturday sent waves up to 5 metres (16 feet) high smashing into the coast on the Sunda Strait, between Java and Sumatra islands.

More than 430 people were killed after the collapse of a crater on the volcanic island of Anak Krakatau generated waves of up to five metres (16ft) on Saturday.

Thousands of people were left homeless when the waves smashed homes on coastal areas of western Java and southern Sumatra.

The devastation may have been exacerbated by an inoperable tsunami early warning system, which, due to a lack of funding, vandalism and technical problems, hasn't been operational since 2012, Sutopo said.

Fears about a public health crisis come as the death toll from Saturday's volcano-triggered disaster rose to 429, with thousands more displaced from flattened homes.

The Anak Krakatoa volcano erupting as seen from a ship on the Sunda Straits on Boxing Day 2018
Image The Anak Krakatoa volcano erupting

"The rescue team is attempting hard to enter six villages in Sumur".

The Indonesia Ministry of Maritime Affairs' censors "did not sound early warning because they are for tectonic activity not volcanic activity", spokesman Rahmat Djamaluddin said.

Speaking to the BBC's Indonesian service, government spokesperson, Iyan Turyana said a new warning service would account for other tsunami triggers that aren't pinned to quake activity, with the installation of new buoys to begin next year.

"There was no sign of a tsunami when we were at the beach".

On Monday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered the country's Meteorology, Climatology and Geological Agency (BMKG) to purchase tsunami detectors "that can provide early warnings to community". Other scientists have said an underwater landslide may also have contributed to the disaster. She said the auto was struck by three waves, breaking out the back window and filling the vehicle with gushing water. "The vehicle was swaying in the waves and we thought we would all die", Hayati said. "Whatever I had was lost in the water".

Indonesia is prone to tsunamis because it lies on the Ring of Fire - the line of frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific Rim.

On Wednesday evening, the disaster agency said that wind was blowing "ash and sand" from the volcano to the nearby towns of Cilegon and Serang on Java, and advised residents to wear masks and glasses if they had to venture outdoors.



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