People search for relatives among the bodies of tsunami victims in Carita, Indonesia, Dec. 23, 2018. "Agencies are still continuing to analyze the root cause ... the Krakatau volcano continues to erupt, which could potentially trigger another tsunami".
Physical losses included 430 heavily damaged homes, nine heavily damaged hotels and 10 heavily damaged vessels. Broken chunks of concrete and splintered sticks of wood littered hard-hit coastal areas, turning beach getaways popular with Jakarta residents into near ghost towns. Thatched bamboo shacks were torn apart. "The calamity brought deaths and sufferings to many people, dealing sizable damage to the infrastructure of the region", the patriarch said in the letter of condolences.
It said that most patients are domestic tourists who were visiting beaches during the long weekend ahead of Christmas.
It was the second deadly tsunami to hit seismically active Indonesia this year.
On late Saturday night, a deadly tsunami struck the Indonesian coastline unexpectedly and - unusually - without having been triggered by a prior quake.
A woman displaced by the tsunami waits to receive food from police near Tanjung Lesung, Banten province, Indonesia, on Tuesday. By Monday morning, 57 people were still missing and search efforts had expanded along the coast. One of the members added that water rose sharply and dragged away everyone at the location.
"The ideal atmosphere suddenly changed dramatically in just seconds!" recalled Mamad Setiadi, who had helped set up at the Tanjung Lesung Beach Club for the pop band Seventeen, which performed for employees of a state-owned electric company while a comedian simultaneously had audience members laughing in another area of the lawn. The platform buckled. The band members and their equipment pitched forward as the water swept into the crowd.More news: Israel to hold parliamentary elections in April, Benjamin Netanyahu's office says
The group's bass player, guitarist, drummer and road manager were among those killed, while the lead singer's wife is missing. On Monday, five more bodies were recovered around the hotel, including a little boy. The president instructed the purchase of early warning system equipment by the met agency, known as BMKG, and to include disaster awareness into school curriculum.
"I had to run, as the wave passed the beach and landed 15-20m (meters, or 50-65 feet) inland", Norwegian Oystein Lund Andersen wrote on Facebook. Antara Foto/Ardiansyah/ via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. Other experts have said an underwater landslide also could have been the cause. The impact was felt at large along the rim of the Sunda Strait, located between Java and Sumatra islands. The volcano's name means "Child of Krakatau", the island rising from the sea only in 1927, after one of the largest, most devastating eruptions in recorded history occurred at the original Krakatau volcano in 1883.
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.
The meteorology agency said that an area of about 64 hectares, or about 90 soccer pitches, of the volcanic island had collapsed into the sea. It continues to grow each year and erupts periodically.
The vast archipelago nation is one of the most disaster-hit nations on Earth due to its position straddling the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, where tectonic plates collide. Roads and infrastructure are poor in many areas, making access hard in the best of conditions.
Tide-monitoring stations and data-modelling are the main tools Indonesia monitoring agencies use to predict tsunamis - usually in the wake of an natural disaster.
This illustrates the limitation of the current tsunami warning systems in place; scientists will sooner or later be able to create an alert for volcano-induced tsunamis as well but the deaths of over 2,000 persons in September points to a bigger problem - the lack of preparedness and the sheer rapidity and scale of the disasters that frequently strike our planet.