Volcano Triggers Tsunami In Indonesia, Kills 62

| December 23 , 2018 , 11:53 IST

Destructive tidal waves apparently caused by volcanic eruption hit the coast around Indonesia's Sunda Strait late on Saturday.

Officials reported, approximately 62 people lost their lives and more than 600 people got injured on the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra following an underwater landslide caused by the eruption of Krakatau on Sunday.

The waves were so huge and disastrous that it created a wall of water some 65 feet (20 meters) inland, damaging hundreds of houses including homes and other buildings, the witnesses said.

Authorities warned residents and tourists in coastal areas around the Sunda Strait to stay away from beaches and a high-tide warning remained in place through till Dec. 25.

"Please do not be around the beaches around the Sunda Strait. Those who have evacuated, please do not return yet," said Rahmat Triyono, an official at the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

The TV footage showed roads blocked by debris from damaged houses, overturned cars and fallen trees. The water washed away many outdoor shops and vendors.

The tsunami was caused by "an undersea landslide resulting from volcanic activity on Anak Krakatau" and was exacerbated by abnormally high tide because of the full moon, disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said to media.

Indonesia, one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth, where tectonic plates collide and a large portion of the world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.

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In 2004 a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.3 undersea earthquake off the coast of Sumatra in western Indonesia killed 220,000 people in countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 in Indonesia.

A few months back, successive earthquakes flattened parts of the tourist island of Lombok, and a double quake-and-tsunami killed thousands on Sulawesi island in Indonesia.

Nearly 200 people died when a Lion Air passenger plane crashed into the Java Sea in October.

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News reports say that on 22 December 2018 , a part of Indonesia was rocked by Tsunami triggered by earthquake-volcano eruption, resulting in over 400 dead and over 1000 injured , besides huge damage to property. TV channels showed people saying that they had no alert of this catastrophe. Unfortunately , it seems the alert made by this Vedic astrology writer could not reach them. The global predictions of this writer were included in article - “ Is war or war-like serious conditions across the vulnerable countries of the world likely early in February-March 2019?” This article was submitted on 20 November 2018 amended-corrected at few places around mid- December. It was said :- “Earthquakes , volcano eruption and massive landslides can occur where vulnerable , during early 2019 , more so in February-March. A trailor could appear a little before the present year 2018 comes to a close”. Among countries where the said catastrophe was predicted likely to occur sought requiring alert , Indonesia was also mentioned. Since Indonesia has a history of volcano eruption and quakes , vulnerability would have pinpointed the alert. This writer had inserted a brief of this alert somewhere in comments nearly a week before the catastrophe struck Indonesia but unfortunately that does not push the alert to reach the concerned. But peace to the people of Indonesia affected by Tsunami.