Indonesia tsunami: Flights rerouted as Anak Krakatau volcano continues to erupt

Image      The first image was taken on 20 August and the second on 24 December

Image The first image was taken on 20 August and the second on 24 December

Indonesian authorities have asked people to avoid the coast in areas where a tsunami killed more than 420 people last weekend in a fresh warning issued on the anniversary of the catastrophic 2004 Asian natural disaster and tsunami.

The country's volcanology agency said today that the Anak Krakatau volcano's alert status had been raised to the second-highest level and the exclusion zone more than doubled to a 5-kilometre radius.

The Anak Krakatau volcano, located in a straight between the islands Sumatra and Java, began erupting a day before the tsunami struck.

Clouds of ash spewed from Anak Krakatau, nearly obscuring the volcanic island where a crater collapse at high tide over the weekend sent waves up to 5m high smashing into the coast on the Sunda Strait, between Java and Sumatra islands.

The country's meteorology and geophysics agency unveiled that the flank collapse covered an area of 64 hectares and caused landslides underwater.

Collapse of the volcano's undersea wall resulted in the tsunami on December 22 evening that killed hundreds of people who were spending the weekend in popular beaches along Banten's coast.

As the danger of another eruption persisted around the tourist destination, authorities have prepared shelters and evacuation procedures to accommodate tens of thousands of local residents.

"The challenge now is to interpret what might be happening on the volcano, and what might happen next", he wrote in a blog.

The Anak Krakatoa volcano erupting as seen from a ship on the Sunda Straits on Boxing Day 2018
Image The Anak Krakatoa volcano erupting

The 42 Fijians living in Indonesia are safe following a tsunami that struck the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands on Saturday.

Heavy rains and high seas have hampered the search for victims. In August, another natural disaster claimed the lives of more than 500 people on the Indonesian island of Lombok.

The type of eruptions at Krakatau are strombolian, which means the volcano is expelling ash and lava violently.

The country's system of tsunami detection buoys - deployed after the 2004 disaster - has not worked since 2012, with some units being stolen or vandalized.

The eruption on December 22 triggered a deadly tsunami in coastlines along Banten and Lampung provinces.

The death toll from the tsunami triggered by a volcanic eruption in Sunda Strait of western Indonesia has climbed to 429 so far, with a total of 1,459 others injured, a spokesman of the national disaster agency said on Tuesday. The tsunami occurred during a long holiday and the area was packed with people.

"That is why we drop the aids to village offices based on data of people affected by the tsunami in each village".

According to the latest report from BNPB 430 people have died, 148 people remain missing and further 1 485 people have sustained injuries, while more than 16 000 people have still been displaced.

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