Death toll from Indonesia tsunami climbs to 373
Updated : Tuesday, December 25, 2018 4:07 PM (GMT+0700)

Death toll from tsunamiin areas surrounding the Sunda Strait of Indonesia rose to at least 373 people,according to Indonesian authorities on December 24.

Ruins in Carita, Banten province of Indonesia following the tsunami on December 22 -
Photo: Yonhap/VNA

Disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugrohosaid that 1,459 people were reported as injured in Java and Sumatra islandswhile 128 others were missing in the disaster.

Meanwhile, experts warned that another tsunami could strikeIndonesia. 

The tsunami, which came after a volcanic eruption, hitbeaches in South Sumatra and the western tip of Java at about 9.30 pm localtime on December 22. It caused severe impacts to areas surrounding the SundaStrait, including beaches in Pangegland, Serang and South Lampung. 

Authorities say the tsunami may have been triggered by anabnormal tidal surge due to a new moon and an underwater landslide followingthe eruption of Anak Krakatoa, which forms a small island in the Sunda Straitbetween Java and Sumatra. 

Indonesia, one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth,straddles the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic platescollide and a large portion of the world’s volcanic eruptions and earthquakesoccur. Anak Krakatau is one of 127 active volcanoes which run the length of thearchipelago.

Most recently, a quake and tsunami killed thousands of peoplein the city of Palu on Sulawesi island in September.

In 2004, a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.3 underseaearthquake off the coast of Sumatra in western Indonesia killed 220,000 peoplein countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 in Indonesia.

Source: VNA

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