Thick clouds of ash spewed from Anak Krakatau, a volcanic island where a crater collapse at high tide late on Saturday set off waves that smashed into coastal areas on both sides of the Sunda Strait between the islands of Sumatra and Java. It spawned a giant tsunami off Sumatra island, killing more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries - the majority in Indonesia.
The Indonesian Medical Association of Banten region said it has sent doctors and medical supplies and equipment and that numerous injured were in need of orthopedic and neurosurgery surgery. Most of the victims were Indonesian citizens, including many enjoying a pre-Christmas beach getaway not far from the capital Jakarta, but foreigners were also visiting the area.
TANJUNG LESUNG, Indonesia Body bags were laid out along the shattered coastline as Indonesian authorities stepped up efforts to collect the dead and save the injured today in the aftermath of a tsunami that was apparently triggered by a volcanic eruption.
It is pertinent to mention here that Indonesian rescuers raced to find survivors Monday after a volcano-triggered tsunami killed at least 281 people, with experts warning the devastated region could be slammed by more deadly waves.
Nugroho, the spokesman for the disaster agency, said two other districts or regencies on the southern end of Sumatra - Tanggamus and Pesawaran - were also affected by the tsunami.
Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo expressed his sympathy. The president instructed the purchase of early warning system equipment by the met agency, known as BMKG, and to include disaster awareness into school curriculum.
Hundreds of military personnel and volunteers combed debris-strewn beaches Monday looking for victims.
"Now I'm looking for bodies that have not been found".
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Soon after questions to the prime minister had finished, Conservative MPs lined up to make a "point of order" over the incident. Mr Watson added: "On a very personal level, I have been around a long time so you try not to let these things get to you".
The initial speculation by experts, including Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics agency, was that an undersea landslide pushed the wall of coffee-colored water that raced toward the shore.
The volcano's name translates to "Child of Krakatoa", a volcanic island formed over years after one of the largest eruptions in recorded history occurred at the Krakatoa volcano more than a century ago.
Church leaders called on Christians across Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, to pray for victims of the tsunami.
It continues to grow each year and erupts periodically although it is much smaller than Krakatoa.
Officials say that if it were caused by an natural disaster, the seismic activity likely would have prompted evacuation alerts.
Hundreds of homes and other buildings were heavily damaged when the tsunami struck, nearly without warning, he said. Thatched bamboo shacks were torn apart.
A auto is seen amid debris in the Villa Stephanie compound in Carita in Banten province December 25, 2018. "Even under normal conditions, the roads in that area are poor", he said. A powerful quake on the island of Lombok killed 505 people in August.
Ben van der Pluijm, an quake geologist and professor at the University of MI, said the tsunami may have been caused by a partial collapse of Anak Krakatau.