At least 222 people have died, 843 people injured, and 28 people missing in a tsunami impacting the beaches of the Sunda Strait that separates the islands of Sumatra and Java.
At least 222 people have been killed as a tidal wave hit beaches around Sunda Strait in Indonesia Saturday night, according to the country's Disaster Mitigation Agency. Another 745 have been injured.
The Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) said the wave was not caused by an earthquake, but was possibly the result of volcanic activity at Mount Krakatoa.
The waves hit the coast shortly before dawn, according to Europa Press. The Tsunami Alert Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has not reported any possibility of a tsunami.
Video filmed at one of the affected beaches and posted on Twitter shows the wave rolling in as beachgoers scramble away from the water.
Data sementara dampak tsunami di Pantai di Kab Pandeglang, Serang dan Lampung Selatan hingga 23/12/2018 pukul 04.30 WIB: tercatat 20 orang meninggal dunia, 165 orang luka-luka, 2 orang hilang dan puluhan bangunan rusak. Data korban kemungkinan masih akan terus bertambah. pic.twitter.com/6f7buuoD5Y— Sutopo Purwo Nugroho (@Sutopo_PN) December 22, 2018
Leaders of the world have expressed their condolences to the country, and some have offered material support. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to donate US$10 million from its "solidarity fund," to help victims of the devastation. Pope Francis has asked that other world leaders provide support and solidarity for those affected by the tsunami, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Bolivia's President Evo Morales, have all issues words of condolensce to Indonesia.
The country has a history of tsunamis, and other natural disasters. In September, the country suffered a devastating earthquake and tsunami which left 1,347 people dead. This then caused several volcanoes to erupt in Java, Mount Soputan.