Tsunami wave sweeps Indonesian pop band off stage during show

Tsunami in Indonesia leaves at least 222 dead, over 800 injured

A popular Indonesian rock band performing near the beach was swept away when a tsunami hit the Sunda Strait in Indonesia on Saturday.

Doctors worked to help survivors and hundreds of people searched on debris-strewn beaches for more victims Monday from a deadly tsunami that smashed into houses, hotels and other buildings without warning in the darkness along an Indonesian strait.

The pope also appealed for people to show solidarity, and for the worldwide community to lend support, for those affected by the disaster. This information was provided to the press by Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, head of public relations for the Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency.

The Mount Anak Krakatau volcano is a new volcano that began to form in 1927 in the caldera of Krakatau, decades after that volcano's major eruption in 1883 that triggered a mega tsunami and killed about 36,000 people in the then Dutch Indies.

Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano has erupted, collapsing one of its flanks in the process, which set off a tsunami.

"The pattern of the waves were similar to that in Palu", Karnawati said, referring to the tsunami triggered by undersea landslide that followed a 7.5 magnitude quake and hit Palu and its neighboring districts on Sept 28.

Unlike those caused by earthquakes, which trigger alert systems, these tsunamis give authorities very little time to warn residents of the impending threat.

"My deep condolences to the victims in Banten and Lumpung provinces", he said. More than 30 people are still unaccounted for.

One incident from the tsunami has caught global attention because it was captured in a widely-viewed YouTube video - that of a concert being held on Tanjung Lesung Beach being suddenly interrupted by the unexpected massive wave.

A tangled mess of corrugated steel roofing, timber and rubble was dragged inland at Carita beach, a popular spot for day-trippers on the west coast of Java.

Members of the band were seen being swept away as the wave destroyed the stage, BBC reported.

The lead singer, Reifian Fajarsyah posted a tearful video on social media, clearly grieving while calling for the return of three other band members who are missing and his wife, whose birthday is Sunday.

The 305-meter (1,000-foot) -high Anak Krakatau lies on an island in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands, linking the Indian Ocean and the Java Sea.

Experts have said that Saturday's rare volcano-sparked tsunami could have been caused by an underwater collapse of part of the volcano.

It continues to grow each year and erupts periodically although it is much smaller than Krakatoa. More than 230,000 people died in a dozen countries, but mostly in Indonesia.

The vast archipelago nation is one of the most disaster-prone nations on Earth due to its position straddling the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, where tectonic plates collide.

Thousands of residents were forced to evacuate to higher ground.



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