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23 Dec 2018 | 12:19 AM UTC

Indonesia: Tsunami hits Sunda Strait killing at least 20 Dec. 22

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Volcanic eruption in Indonesia triggers a tsunami in the Sunda Strait, killing at least 20 people and injuring 165 others in west Java and south Sumatra on December 22

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/22/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/24/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Jakarta). COUNTRY/REGION Pandeglang regency, Serang regency, South Lampung, Java, Sumatra

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At least 20 people were killed and 165 others injured when a tsunami struck beaches along Indonesia's Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra on Saturday, December 22, according to the Indonesian National Board of Disaster Management (BMKG). The tsunami affected the coast of Pandeglang, Serang, and South Lampung regencies in western Java and southern Sumatra around 16:30 (local time). The tsunami was reportedly triggered by an eruption of Krakatoa. At least two people remain missing as of 07:00 on Sunday, December 23, and dozens of buildings are reportedly damaged from the waves. Casualty numbers are expected to rise in the coming hours and days. Infrastructure damage, including to telecommunication and transportation services, is likely. 


Individuals in the affected areas are advised to adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and anticipate infrastructure damage and disruption, including for transportation and telecommunication.


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