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At least 43 people have been killed and 584 injured after a tsunami hit the coast around Indonesia's Sunda Strait, government officials say.


The country s disaster management agency says two people are missing, and hundreds of buildings were damaged.

 

It says the possible cause of the tsunami was undersea landslides after the Krakatoa volcano erupted.

 

The Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra connects the Java Sea to the Indian Ocean.


The deaths were reported in the Pandeglang, South Lampung and Serang regions.

 

The disaster management agency warned that the death toll is likely to rise further, adding that high seas as a result of the full moon may also have contributed to the strength of the waves.

 

Emergency officials are now investigating whether the tsunami was caused by Anak Krakatoa, a volcanic island in the Sunda Strait.

 

In September, more than 2,000 people died when a powerful earthquake struck just off the central Indonesian island of Sulawesi, setting off a tsunami that engulfed the coastal city of Palu.

 

On 26 December 2004, a series of huge waves triggered by a powerful earthquake in the Indian Ocean killed about 228,000 people in 14 countries, including Indonesia.

 

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it lies on the Ring of Fire - the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific rim.

 

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it lies on the Ring of Fire - the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific rim.

 

Krakatoa (Krakatau in Indonesian)

In August 1883, it underwent arguably the most violent volcanic eruptions in recorded history:

 

Massive tsunamis with waves up to 135ft (41m) killed more than 30,000 people

 

Thousands more were killed by hot ash

 

The eruptions were equivalent to 200 megatons of TNT - about 13,000 times the nuclear

 

yield of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945

 

The eruptions were heard thousands of kilometres away

 

World temperatures dropped by more than 1C the following year

 

The volcanic island virtually disappeared

 

In 1927, a new island, Anak Krakatoa (Child of Krakatoa) emerged

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