THE ERUPTION of Anak Krakatau volcano triggered a huge tsunami which killed at least 430 people last Saturday, but is the volcano still erupting and what is the travel advice?
Indonesia is recovering from a huge tsunami which was triggered by volcanic activity of Mount Anak Krakatau volcano on Saturday. A three-metre (10 foot) high tsunami wave swept through the Sunda Strait and killed more than 430 people and displaced tens of thousands. The tsunami was triggered by a volcanic eruption which caused a chunk of Anak Krakatau to slide into the ocean and triggered an underwater landslide.
National disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said: “We’re recommending that people who lived near the beach be permanently relocated.
“But it’s a last-ditch option because it’s not easy with limited space and people reluctant to move away.”
In total, authorities believe about 351,000 people in the region are affected by the tsunami.
Indonesia’s National Board for Disaster Management has raised the warning level for Anak Kraktua to three, the second-highest rank.
A 5km exclusion zone has been imposed around the Anak Krakatoa volcano.
Officials confirmed during a press conference on Friday the measures remain the same.
Authorities have rerouted all flights around the erupting volcano as it spewed columns of ash into the air.
“All flights are rerouted due to Krakatau volcano ash on red alert,” Indonesia’s air traffic control agency AirNav said.
The tsunami was Indonesia’s third major natural disaster in six months, following a series of powerful earthquakes on the island of Lombok in July and a quake-tsunami in September.