A tsunami triggered by a volcano has hit coastlines along the Sunda Strait in western Indonesia, killing at least 20 people and injuring more than 160 others, local officials say. The death toll is expected to rise.
It happened late on Saturday when an eruption intensified at Mount Anak Krakatau, which is located in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra. It’s believed to have caused an underwater landslide, which in turn triggered a tsunami.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency. said at least 20 people were killed and 165 others have been injured. The death toll is expected to rise because some communities have not yet been reached.
“The tsunami was not triggered by an earthquake,” he said. “It’s possible that it was triggered by an underwater landslide due to the eruption of Mount Anak Krakatau. At the same time there was high tide because of the full moon. So there was a combination of natural phenomena, tsunami and high tide.”
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