Fears of new Indonesia tsunami as Anak Krakatau volcano seethes

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

"At least 373 people have died, while 128 people are now missing", Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the disaster mitigation agency, said on Monday evening.

Wednesday marks the anniversary of the Boxing Day tsunami that hit northern Sumatra and another 14 countries on December 26, 2004, leaving 226,500 dead and missing, mostly in Indonesia.

Indonesia sits on the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire and is regularly hit by earthquakes.

A network of ocean buoys that are supposed to warn of sudden rises in water levels was also not functioning on December 22 in the Sunda Strait, he tweeted, blaming "vandalism, budget cuts and technical damage".

It was later forced to issue a correction and an apology as it pointed to the area's lack of early warning systems. "No signs of an incoming tsunami were detected so people didn't have enough time to evacuate".

Two months ago, a tsunami slammed into the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, killing more than 2,000 people. Chunks of broken concrete and splintered wood littered coastal areas.

Hotels and hundreds of homes were heavily damaged by the waves. It said most victims were Indonesian tourists visiting beaches during the long weekend ahead of Christmas.

Thousands of people are staying in tents and temporary shelters like mosques or schools, with dozens sleeping on the floor or in crowded public facilities. Authorities warned that continued volcanic activity and unusually high tides linked to a full moon meant that a second tsunami remained a possibility.

The Indonesian Medical Association said that it sent doctors, medical supplies and equipment, and that numerous injured were in need of orthopedic and neurological surgery.

Excavators were being used to move debris including piles of steel roofing tangled like spaghetti. Trucks also brought in water and sanitation equipment.

Hundreds of military personnel and volunteers searched along debris-strewn beaches. Yellow, orange and black body bags were laid out, and weeping relatives identified the dead.

In a video published on social media networks, a rescue group manages to find a five-year-old boy alive after being trapped for more than 12 hours. The military said it has deployed troops to distribute aid and blankets, as well as sending in medics.

President Joko Widodo, who is running for re-election in April, told disaster agencies to install early warning systems, but experts said that, unlike with tsunami caused by earthquakes, little could have been done to alert people that waves were coming.

The tsunami "appears to have been caused by an underwater collapse" of part of the volcano, said David Rothery, a professor of planetary geosciences at Britain's Open University.

At least 154 people are still missing.

Food, water, blankets, and medical aid are trickling into remote areas via inland roads choked with traffic.

She said many fish storehouses were destroyed along the coast, but that houses made from stone were still standing.

That's on top of 373 killed, 1,459 injured and 128 missing. "About 200 people were dragged away by the waves".

"Unthinkable devastation from the tsunami disaster in Indonesia", Trump said. Apart from the Sulawesi tsunami, an quake killed 505 people on the island of Lombok in August, and a Lion Air plane plunged into the ocean in October, killing all 189 people on board.

The 305-meter (1,000-foot) Anak Krakatau been erupting since June and did so again 24 minutes before the tsunami, the geophysics agency said.

Its deadly impact is a reminder of its historic past. Anak Krakatau is the island that emerged from the area in 1927, and has been growing ever since.

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