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Over 40,000 Evacuated in Indonesia Over Fresh Tsunami Fear 

The Anak Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait erupted about 24 minutes before the tsunami.

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The Anak Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait erupted about 24 minutes before the tsunami. Image from the site of the incident.
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Over 40,000 people have been evacuated from the coast along Indonesia's western Sunda Strait after the warning of a possible second tsunami triggered by the eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano that claimed 430 lives last week.

The number of those injured in the tsunami that struck on 22 December has jumped from 1,400 people to 7,202 people, BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho was cited as saying by Xinhua news agency.

Indonesia had raised the danger alert level for the volcano that had sparked the killer tsunami.

The tsunami struck Sunda Strait coastal areas along western Java and southern Sumatra islands without warning in the darkness on the night of 22 December.

The waves had swept terrified people into the sea followed an eruption and possible landslide on Anak Krakatau, one of the world's most infamous volcanic islands.

Snapshot
  • The Tsunami was triggered by a volcanic eruption
  • The Anak Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait that links the Indian Ocean and Java Sea erupted about 24 minutes before the tsunami
  • As many as 7,202 people have reportedly been injured

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10:12 PM , 28 Dec
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Over 40,000 Evacuated in Indonesia Over Fresh Tsunami Fear

Over 40,000 people have been evacuated from the coast along Indonesia's western Sunda Strait after the warning of a possible second tsunami triggered by the eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano that claimed 430 lives last week, reported IANS.

Meanwhile, an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale rocked Indonesia's Papua Barat province on Friday, 28 December. There was, however, no report of any casualty, IANS further said.

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10:55 AM , 27 Dec

Indonesia Hikes Danger Level for Deadly Tsunami Volcano

Indonesia has raised the danger alert level for a volcano that sparked a killer tsunami at the weekend, after previously warning that fresh activity at the crater threatened to trigger another deadly wave.

Authorities also widened a no-go zone around Anak Krakatoa to five kilometres (three miles) – up from a previous two kilometres – and warned shell-shocked residents to stay away from the coast, after more than 400 were killed by Saturday night's killer wave.

Plumes of ash burst into the sky as pyroclastic flows – hot gas and other volcanic material – flowed down the crater, raising the risk of rough seas for boats in the vicinity.

Authorities raised the crater's status to high alert, the second-highest danger warning, while aviation officials ordered flights to be redirected away from the area.

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9:29 AM , 27 Dec

Indonesia Reroutes All Flights Around Volcano Anak Krakatau

Indonesia has rerouted all flights around the erupting Anak Krakatau volcano between Java and Sumatra islands, as it spewed columns of ash into the air, days after it triggered a deadly tsunami.

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Published: 23 Dec 2018, 8:46 AM IST