At least 43 people have been killed, 600 wounded and two missing as a result of a tsunami that hit the Sunda Strait, between the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java, authorities said on Tuesday.
“The number of victims is likely to increase if we take into account that we have not received information from all the affected areas,” a spokesman for the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB), Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said in a statement.
The tsunami particularly affected the Pandenglang district, where there were 14 deaths and 150 injuries, as well as serious damage to houses, hotel facilities and infrastructure.
Other affected areas are the regency of Lampung del Sur, with three dead and eleven injured, and the regency of Serang, with three dead, four injured and two missing.
Sutopo said they need to investigate the cause of the tsunami, but said it was most likely due to a submarine landslide caused by the eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano and swells due to the full moon.
Apparently, the combination of both things led to a sudden tsunami that hit the coast. The Agency of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) of Indonesia tries to determine the causes with the Geology Agency.
On September 28, an earthquake of magnitude 7.5 in the central area of the island of Celebes triggered a tsunami that left 2,081 dead and more than 200,000 displaced, mostly in the town of Palu and its surroundings.
Between July 29 and August 19, a series of tremors in the tourist island of Lombok, near the island of Bali, caused 564 deaths and more than 400,000 displaced, most of them after a devastating earthquake of magnitude 6, 9 on August 5.
Indonesia sits on the “Pacific Ring of Fire”, an area of great seismic and volcanic activity that is shaken every year by some 7,000 tremors, most of them moderate.