Volcanic eruption causes deadly tsunami in Indonesia

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222 people are confirmed dead

A tsunami has struck Indonesia’s Sunda Strait overnight, including beaches in Pandeglang, Serang, and South Lampung. 

The wave, which hit at 9:30pm local time came without warning, killing at least 222 people and injuring 843 so far. 

The tsunami is believed to have been caused by volcano Karakatoa. 

The volcano has been very active in recent months and officials believe undersea landslides may have generated the huge wave.

Eyewitness Asep Perangkat said cars had been dragged 10 metres and streets left in ruins. 

"Buildings on the edge of [Carita] beach were destroyed, trees and electricity poles fell to the ground," he told AFP news agency.

As well as hitting local beaches the tsunami also hit several popular tourist destinations including the Tanjung Lesung beach resort in the west of Java island.

Footage shared online showed the wave crashing into a tent at the resort while popular Indonesian rock band Seventeen performed. 

Members of the band and audience were swept away as the wave destroyed the stage.

The disaster management agency has warned people to stay away from the coastline due to fears of another tsunami.

So far, no foreign nationals have been reported dead.

Images: Getty / DEA / C.DANI / I.JESKE. 

Written By Krisinda Merhi

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