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Indonesia tsunami 2018 update: Will Krakatau erupt AGAIN? Locals told to STAY AWAY

December 24, 2018 3:14 PM
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Indonesia tsunami 2018 update: Will Krakatau erupt AGAIN? Locals told to STAY AWAY

INDONESIA has reached its biggest annual disasters toll in a decade, after a second tsunami hit following the eruption of the Krakatau volcano. But will Krakatau erupt again, as locals are told to stay away?

At least 373 people have died following a tsunami in the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra on Saturday. Rescuers used heavy machinery and bare hands to dig bodies out of mud and wreckage along a 100 km (60 mile) stretch of Java's west coast. More than 1,400 people were injured, and about 12,000 residents had to move to higher ground, with a high-tide warning extended to Wednesday.

The tsunami destroyed more than 700 buildings, from small shops and houses to villas and hotels and people were told to evacuate to higher ground.

It took just 24 minutes after the landslide for waves to hit land, and there was no early warning for those living on the coast.

Vehicles were crushed by waves that lifted chunks of metal, felled trees, wooden beams and household items and deposited them on roads and rice fields.

Nurjana ran uphill after the tsunami hit, after her beachside snack stall was washed away.

She said: "I opened the door straight away and saved myself. I jumped over the wall.

Anak Krakatau, which is also known as Child of Krakatau, was still erupting on Sunday night, belching white smoke and ash into the sky.

Source: express.co.uk

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