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Some of the damage caused by the tsunami in Indonesia on December 23, 2018.

PHOTO BY KATHY MUELLER


Deadly tsunami hits Indonesia

 

JAKARTA – At least 281 people were killed and more than 1,000 others injured after a tsunami struck Indonesia, according to reports.

The tsunami hit Pandeglang, Serang and South Lampung, about 50 miles from Jakarta on Sunday morning. Evacuation efforts are ongoing, officials said.

Witnesses fled for their lives as waves swept off beachfront homes.

At least 558 houses and nine hotels were destroyed in Pandeglang, where many tourists were visiting the beaches when the incident occurred, according to The Jakarta Post.

The bassist and manager of Indonesian pop band Seventeen were killed, and three other members were missing after a tsunami hit a beach resort where the band was playing. A crowd was watching the band when a massive wave crashed through the stage.

According to Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geological Agency, the tsunami “possibly resulted from an underwater landslide from the Mt. Krakatoa eruption” and a “tidal wave from the full moon.” Mt. Krakatoa was seen spewing ash following the eruption.

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