Indonesia – Tsunami triggered by volcano kills dozens, injures hundreds

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.

3 thoughts on “Indonesia – Tsunami triggered by volcano kills dozens, injures hundreds”

  1. Quote: The disaster could have been caused by undersea landslides from the eruption of Anak Krakatau, a volcanic island formed over years from the nearby Krakatau volcano, scientists from Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said. They also cited tidal waves caused by the full moon.

    Many of the Canarian volcanos exhibit the same characteristics of eruption followed by Sub surface collapse particularly with significant sea drop off to much deeper water. E.g: El Hierro and La Parma. The Canarian ones are fairly unique being in a three major strike fault zone with a volcanic heat spot in place.
    The picture in the WIKI show the significant El Hierro crater collapse to the Northwest, with a resulting tidal surge affecting most of the Northern Atlantic sea boards as has La Parma.
    Anak Krakatau has been on constant eruption for most of the autumn period, this site has broadcast footage of Plinian type eruptions from the crater into the sea.
    Rather than lava, which sets like concrete, the eruption is of ash and pumice and is pyroclastic in nature. This type of volcano normally situated close to the edge of an advancing plate with sea crust being subducted beneath the advancing continental crust, which provides the eruptive material.
    Similar to the Indonesian plate the Aegean plate contains Five major volcanic sleeping giants, with one of them a wrecked super volcano with KOS as its crater wall, with a single remaining cone Nisyros between Kos and Rhodes.
    Volcanoes like these, with the exception of the major Super Volcanoes, are the most regionally destructive on the planet; their eruptions are linked time and time again to local civilisation collapses. More often than not, they occur during the periods of gravitational perturbations of a grand solar minimum as the Sun’s abrupt trefoil obit around the moving Solar system BarryCentre continues over a ten-year period, Angular Momentum has a lot to answer for.
    Anak Krakatau remains one of the most dangerous volcanoes on the planet, and its danger will increase with its size, as it continues to grow and become much heavier than the local plate can support.

    My thoughts are with the families of loved one lost in this tragedy.

  2. and not a damned word on the volcano anywhere!
    you would think it should have registered on usgs
    but nope! not a hint.

  3. The BBC has puiblished this on their web site regarding Anak Krakatau.

    The outer two island are the remains of the orginial island of Krakatau, so it has a long way to go to recover its former size and weight on the crust.

    That said, this is Santorini and its central cone is in erruption.

    With the island of Thera the remains of the original volcano structure.

    The page above says:

    Following the 1620 BC eruption, much of the previous island of Santorini was destroyed or submerged; this event may have been the inspiration for the legend of the “lost continent” of Atlantis. Far from legend however, many archeologists believe that the eruption was a major factor—or the immediate cause—of the destruction of the classical Minoan civilization of Crete.

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