At least 43 people have been killed after a tsunami hit the coast around Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, according to government officials.. Hundreds were injured.
The tsunami, which hit at 9:27 p.m. Saturday, propelled a wall of water some 65 feet (20 meters) inland, sweeping away hundreds of houses and hotels, the government and witnesses said.
Some 600 people have been reported injured, the Disaster Management Agency said.
Scientists from Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics agency said the tsunami could have been caused by undersea landslides from the eruption of Anak Krakatau, which erupted about 24 minutes before the tsunami.
The geophysics agency also cited tidal waves caused by the full moon.
The worst affected area was the Pandeglang region of Banten province in Java.
Alif, a resident in Pandeglang district who goes by one name, said the tsunami reached about 3 meters (about 10 feet) high. He told MetroTV station that many people were still searching for missing relatives.
Physical losses included 430 heavily damaged homes, nine heavily damaged hotels and 10 heavily damaged vessels.
Television footage showed roads blocked by debris from damaged houses, overturned cars and fallen trees.