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26 December 2018, 02:52 | Tara Lloyd
A map locating Jakarta and Sunda Strait Indonesia
Indonesia's Search and Rescue Agency was joined by the military, police, medical teams and volunteers as aid trickled in to Pandeglang, the worst-affected area along Java's west coast, around about 60 miles from Jakarta.
"The landslide was analyzed, and the magnitude of the tremor was 3.4 from our analysis", the agency's head, Dwikorita Karnawati, told a news conference. It said most victims were Indonesian tourists visiting beaches during the long weekend ahead of Christmas.
A massive 9.1 magnitude quake on the western coast of Indonesia's Aceh province in northern Sumatra on December 26 triggered a tsunami that struck 14 countries, killing 226,000 people along the Indian Ocean coastline, more than half of them in Aceh.
- 2006: A 6.8 magnitude quake hit south of Java, Indonesia's most populated island, triggering a tsunami that smashed into the southern coast, killing almost 700 people.
The Indonesian Medical Association said it has sent doctors, medical supplies and equipment, adding that numerous injured require orthopedic surgery or neurosurgery. Where victims were found, yellow, orange and black body bags were laid out, and weeping relatives identified the dead.
Richard Teeuw, a geohazard expert from the University of Portsmouth in England, said the eruption and landslide may well have destabilised the volcano, heightening the risk of another tsunami.
Indonesia, a vast archipelago of more than 17,000 islands and home to 260 million people, lies along the Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.
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Many witnesses said Saturday's tsunami struck with no warning, and President Joko Widodo, who was scheduled to visit the disaster zone Monday, has ordered the country's Meteorology, Climatology and Geological Agency to purchase detectors to provide early warnings to Indonesians. 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.
Food, water, blankets, and medical aid are trickling into remote areas via inland roads choked with traffic.
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One team used sniffer dogs to search for survivors at the beach club where a tsunami washed away an outdoor stage where the Indonesian rock band Seventeen were performing at a party for about 200 guests. North of the Strait, the impact has also been significant with at least 75 people killed and 22 missing in the province of Lampung, south Sumatra.
Saturday's tsunami destroyed more than 700 buildings, from small shops and houses to villas and hotels. "About 200 people were dragged away by the waves".
The eruption of Krakatoa in the 19th century killed more than 30,000 people and hurled so much ash that it turned day to night in the area and reduced global temperatures. Apart from the Sulawesi tsunami, an quake killed 505 people on the island of Lombok in August, and a Lion Air plane plunged into the ocean in October, killing all 189 people on board. Anak Krakatau is the island that emerged from the area in 1927, and has been growing ever since.
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