A tsunami apparently caused by the eruption of an island volcano has killed at least 168 people after the waves hit the coast around Indonesia’s Sunda Strait.
According to initial news reports, it appears that an underwater landslide was triggered by volcanic activity at the site of the infamous Krakatoa volcano.
Asep Perangkat told AFP news agency that he was with his family on Carita beach on Java when the wave surged through the town, carving a path of destruction.
Hundreds of homes and other buildings were “heavily damaged” in the tsunami which struck along the rim of the Sunda Strait late on Saturday.
No earthquake was recorded and no tsunami warning was issued to people in the area, said Rahmat Triyono, earthquake and tsunami chief at Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.
Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo says he’s ordered government officials to take emergency measures to search for victims and care for the injured following the deadly tsunami.