Indonesia tsunami: Anak Krakatau volcano eruption as flights diverted

Indonesia tsunami: Anak Krakatau volcano eruption as flights diverted

Indonesia on Thursday raised the danger alert level for a volcano that sparked a killer tsunami at the weekend, after previously warning that fresh activity at the crater threatened to trigger another deadly wave.

The volcanologist on Thursday raised the alert level of the volcano to the second highest from the third highest and widened no-go zone to 5 km from the crater from 2 km, spokesman of the national disaster management agency Sutopo Purwo NugrohoSutopo said.

Rahmat Triyono, the chief of natural disaster and tsunami from Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency, said in that they believed a crater collapse from Anak Krakatoa, a volcano island in the Sunda Strait, had displaced about 64 hectares of the mountain and caused the equivalent of an quake of a magnitude of between 3.4 and 5.

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Sutopo said hotels along the beaches from Serang to Pandeglang were fully booked when the tsunami struck the areas in Sunda Strait as it is holiday season in Indonesia. The Associated Press reported that a navy ship was going to make a pass by the volcano to assess the risk for another collapse.

"There's still a chance of a landslide, even under the sea level or on the sea level", said Rudy Sunendar, head of the energy ministry's geology department.

"I can´t rebuild, everything is gone - my clothes, my money", said the 60-year-old, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

Residents and visitors around the Mount Anak Krakatau have been advised to wear masks and goggles while venturing out, Antonius Ratdomopurbo, secretary of the Center for Volcanology, said in a statement.

A boat is seen ashore in Teluk village Labuan subdistrict in Banten province on the west coast of Java island
A boat is seen ashore in Teluk village Labuan subdistrict in Banten province on the west coast of Java island

Heavy rain and blocked roads on Tuesday hampered rescue efforts three days after a tsunami struck Indonesia, as the death toll from the disaster rose to 429 people and some feared disease could spread.

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. At least 159 are still missing, the AP reports.

"This is an unusual situation because we have a very bad disaster that killed hundreds of our sisters and brothers in Banten", Taekz said, referring to the province on Java island.

"I am still afraid that the tsunami will return, so when dark comes, I stay at a temporary shelter on the hill", said Rohayati, who worked to salvage what was left of her battered house, 300 metres from the sea.

She said once needs were assessed, Catholic Relief Services would work with partners - including other members of Caritas, the Catholic charitable network - "to help people cope and recover". "Hopefully there will be some repairs. Whatever I had was lost in the water".

Satellite photos aren't available because of cloud cover, but radar images from a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency satellite taken before and after the eruption show the volcano's southwestern flank has disappeared.

Catholic Relief Services is working with local partners to help determine the greatest needs of survivors of Indonesia's 22 December tsunami, said Yenni Suryani, country manager for the United States agency.

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