by Cayce McCarthy. Arts and Entertainment blogger.
Last night tragedy struck the coast of Indonesia after a tsunami hit their coastline without any warning. According to the head of the public relations office at Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho reports that 843 people were injured, 222 people were killed and 28 are missing. It is believed the wave was caused by underwater landslides following the eruption of the Krakatoa volcano. Officials say as long as the volcano is still active there’s a possibility for more waves to come. Nugroho states that people need to remain cautious as specialists look into the eruption of the volcano and are looking out for more waves.
Krakatoa is located in the Sunda Strait that’s between the islands of Java and Sumatra and when the volcano erupted the displaced rocks shifted under the water’s surface causing the water to push up which in turn created the wave. This can be seen and explained by meteorologist Allison Chinchar from CNN in her video here. The wave was also affected by the tidal pull of the full moon. Even though Indonesia has been hit by deadly tsunamis before like the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami the country still lacks the right tools and equipment to warn of an incoming wave. Nugroho also points out that it’s harder to detect tsunamis, unlike tidal waves that are caused by “atmospheric conditions.”
Also, tsunamis can sometimes be predicted when an earthquake strikes and last night no quakes were felt so there was no warning about the oncoming danger. Eyewitness ran for their lives from their beachfront homes while the wave approached. A crowd of people also watched the Indonesian pop band Seventeen at the Tanjung Lesun beach resort when the wave crashed onto the stage and the audience. The band’s lead singer Riefian Fajarsyah reported with tears in his eyes that the band’s manager and bass player were killed in the incident. Three other band members and Fajarsyah’s are still missing.
Furthermore, at least 558 houses, 9 hotels, 60 restaurants, and 350 boats were severely damaged. All of that shows how the deadly wave has affected both residential and tourist areas. So far, no foreigners have been reported injured, killed, or missing. In fact, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Indonesia, the death toll is expected to rise. The group will be working around the clock to provide basic household items, clean water, and equipment to clean away debris.