Indonesia tsunami: 168 dead, 745 injured as island nation relives 2004 horror

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At least 168 people have been killed in the tsunami that has ravaged Indonesia. That volcanic tsunami that has hit the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra has left at least 745 people injured as per last reports. At least 30 others are unaccounted for.

The tsunami, caused by the eruption of an island volcano, sent a wall of water crashing ashore and swept away people attending a beach concert along with hundreds of houses including hotels, the government and witnesses said.

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.

Footage posted on social media showed a pop band named “Seventeen” performing for employees from a local electric company under a tent on a beach as dozens of people sat listening at tables covered in white cloths. As bright strobe lights flashed on stage, a child could be seen wandering through the crowd. Then, as the second song was about to begin with the drummer pounding, the stage suddenly heaved forward, throwing the band and all their equipment into the audience.

 

 

 

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