Queen sends condolences after deadly Indonesian tsunami

Indonesian Tsunami's Death Toll Rises to 222 as 848 People Are Injured & 28 People Are Missing

Indonesian Tsunami's Death Toll Rises to 222 as 848 People Are Injured & 28 People Are Missing

"1,459 people are injured, while 128 remain missing", said agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho in a statement. Many locals were on the western Java and southern Sumatra coast enjoying a long holiday weekend.

The waves that swept terrified locals and tourists into the sea along the Sunda Strait followed an eruption and apparent landslide on Anak Krakatau, or "Child of Krakatoa", one of the world's most infamous volcanic islands.

Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) chairwoman Dwikorita Karnawati said at a joint press conference in Jakarta on December 24 that volcano Anak Krakatau's eruptions had led to a landslide, which triggered tremors that were equivalent to a magnitude-3.4 natural disaster, according to The Jarkata Post.

According to Emile Okal, professor emeritus of earth science at Northwestern University, who has studied tsunamis for 35 years, it was not only the fact that the tsunami was caused by a volcano and not an quake that made it so lethal. "A lot of them suffered from broken bones", he said, adding he feared more were missing.

The tsunami struck at 21:30 local time (14:30 GMT) during a local holiday, with few of the warning signals that might have come had it been generated by an quake.

Two band members were killed along with its manager, while three others, including the lead singer´s wife, are missing.

"Anything that rapidly displaces water can cause a tsunami, whether or not it also shakes the ground", she said.

Hundreds more were injured when the tsunami struck, nearly without warning, along the rim of the Sunda Strait late on Saturday.

Indonesian rescuers battled heavy rains on Monday in a desperate search for survivors after a volcano-triggered tsunami killed at least 281 people, with experts warning the devastated region could be slammed by more tidal waves.

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The tsunami, which was triggered by a volcano eruption, struck the Indonesian coast in the Sunda Strait at 14:27 GMT on Saturday.

Joko Widodo, Indonesia's president, announced Monday that the repairs need to be fixed, eyeing upcoming budget funds as a way to do so.

A crowd was watching Indonesian pop band Seventeen at a show organized by state-run electric company PLN at the Tanjung Lesun beach resort when the massive wave crashed through the stage and threw it into the audience.

The volcano has been particularly active since June, noted Jacques-Marie Bardintzeff at the University of Paris-South.

The 1,000-foot-high Anak Krakatau lies on an island in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra, linking the Indian Ocean and the Java Sea.

Scientists say the tsunami could have been caused by the eruption of Anak Krakatau, a volcanic island formed over years from the nearby Krakatau volcano. "This is like suddenly dropping a bag of sand in a tub filled with water", he said.

The vast archipelago, which sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", has suffered its worst annual death toll from disasters in more than a decade. That disaster killed more than 30,000 people, launched far-reaching tsunamis, and spewed so much ash into the atmosphere that day was turned to night in the area and temperatures dropped worldwide.

Anak Krakatau, which means child of Krakatau, is the island that emerged from the area once occupied by Krakatau, which was destroyed in 1883.

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