Volcano tsunami death toll rises to 400


Indonesian islands were hit by a tsunami, that was triggered by a volcanic eruption at Anak Krakatau, bringing clouds of darkness over the holiday weekend. According to the national disaster agency, the tsunami struck the island of Sumatra and the western tip of Java around 9:30 pm (1430 GMT) on Saturday night killing around 400 people, leaving 1,016 injured, 57 are missing and 11,687 displaced. The team of Indonesian rescuers started desperate search for survivors amid heavy rains to pull people out of rubble. Unfortunately it is believed that devastated region could be wrecked by more tidal waves.

Scientists couldn’t identify the exact cause that set off the Sunda Strait tsunami. David Kenney, associate professor at the University of Melbourne, said that it would be too dangerous to undertake sonar monitoring at the moment.  In his opinion, the work could be done by relatively small, 10-meter vessels using multi-beam sonars which would be equivalent to a more powerful version of a “fish finder”.  Some scientific consensus emerged, based on satellite images, that the collapsing of a portion of the volcano triggered the catastrophic waves. These images were captured by the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1 satellite and are even used by the news agencies to report the level of casualty. GNS Science seismologist Sam Taylor-Offord pointed underwater landside as the leading theory for this calamity.

The danger hasn’t been averted fully as the coastal residents near Anak Krakatau volcano have been warned to keep away from beaches as experts fear another tsunami. The spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho issued an official notification at a press conference revealing that the volcanic eruptions of Anak Krakatau haven’t stopped. He said, “Recommendations from [the] Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency are that people should not carry out activities on the beach and stay away from the coast for a while.”

Anak Krakatau is known as the “child” of the legendary Krakatoa, which is a large volcano and is also believed to have had the most destructive volcanic eruption in recorded human history, wiping 70 percent of the entire island in 1883. Indonesia is a vast archipelago of several islands and is one of the most disaster-prone nations on Earth due to its position, i.e. sitting on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, where tectonic plates collide frequently