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Devastating Tsunami Hits Indonesia: Death Toll Climbing, Hundreds Injured

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More than 200 people were killed after a tsunami struck Indonesia on Saturday, hitting the islands of Sumatra and Java.

The tsunami was caused by landslides triggered by volcanic activity from the famed Krakatoa volcano, which lies between the two islands, CNN reported.

Although Indonesia has a warning system in place to warn of earthquakes that often spawn tsunamis, in this instance the system was never triggered.

“There was no tsunami warning,” said Rahmat Triyono, earthquake and tsunami chief at Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, according to The New York Times. “There was no earthquake.”

More than 800 people were injured and 28 were recorded as missing, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, chief of public relations at Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency.

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The tsunami wiped out 558 houses and damaged nine hotels and 60 restaurants, he said.

The death toll was most severe along the western shore of Java, where about 200 employees of state electricity utility, Perusahaan Listrik Negara, and family members were celebrating, Reuters reported.

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A popular Indonesian rock band, Seventeen, was playing at the party, and lost at least three members.

“Underwater I could only pray ‘Jesus Christ help!’,” Zack, a crew member of the band said in an Instagram post.

“In the final seconds I almost ran out of breath,” he said, noting that he held onto a piece of the stage to survive.

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“There is debris littering the ground, crushed cars, crushed motorcycles, we’re seeing buildings that are collapsed,” Red Cross official Kathy Mueller told the BBC.

Eyewitness Asep Perangkat said “cars were dragged about 10 metres, and so were containers.”

The tsunami compounds a tragic year for the island nation. Three months ago, a 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Palu, killing 2,256 people.

The volcano Krakatoa erupted in 1883. Since that time, the volcanic island of Anak Krakatau has grown from the crater left by the eruption. The volcano has become increasingly active.

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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