Potential for new tsunami in Sunda Strait “possible”

A new tsunami in the Sunda Strait region of Indonesia has been described as “possible” by the head of the National Disaster Management Agency, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

On Saturday, a tsunami hit the islands of Sumatra and Java, killing at least 222 people and injuring 843. It came after an eruption of the volcano Anak Krakatau, which was formed following the 1927 eruption of Krakatoa.

The volcano was erupting again on Saturday and at a press conference, Purwo Nugroho said that another tsunami was “possible”.

“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.

“The potential for a fresh tsunami is still possible because the volcanic eruption of Anak Krakatau continues to occur, potentially triggering tsunami.”

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho

The tsunami on on Friday struck at 9:30pm local time on a public holiday, and officials said that warning signs did go off in some areas, it is thought that few of the warning signals that might have come had it been generated by an earthquake.

Although experts believe that even if there had been warning buoys near the volcano, there would have been minimal alert time.

Officials say more than 160 people were killed in Java’s Pandeglang tourist district. On Sumatra, 48 were reported dead in South Lampung, and deaths were also reported in Serang district and Tanggamus. So far, no foreign nationals have been reported dead, officials say.

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