Indonesia asks residents to avoid coast near erupting volcano

Indonesia asks residents to avoid coast near erupting volcano

Markus Taekz said the Rahmat Pentecostal Church in the hard-hit area of Carita did not celebrate with joyous music. Instead, only about 100 people showed up for the service, which usually brings in double that number.

The four-member group was hurled from the stage as the water slammed into the audience - only the band's lead vocalist survived. "So our celebration is full of grief".

Indonesia has the world's largest Muslim population and is also home to sizeable Christian, Hindu and Buddhist minorities.

On Tuesday, National Disaster Mitigation Agency Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the search for victims and possible survivors was being expanded to outlying areas that are now cut off by the disaster.

People in Sumur village, which has been slow to receive aid due to roads being cut off, remained stunned by how quickly the tsunami hit.

The Indonesia Red Cross said Wednesday that it was sending emergency aid to the affected area, with 400 staff and volunteers supporting search and rescue efforts.

Sniffer dogs are being used to find those still missing as grief-stricken relatives lined up at identification centres, but hopes of finding any survivors beneath the rubble have dwindled.

That's in addition to more than 420 confirmed dead, 1,485 injured and 154 still missing.

The agency was monitoring Anak Krakatau's eruptions as stormy weather and high surf continued to plague the area, said agency head Dwikorita Karnawati. Chunks of broken concrete and splintered wood littered the coast where hundreds of homes and hotels had stood.

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Experts believed the tsunami was caused by shifting ground resulting from eruptions by the Anak Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait.

Legendary Ghana global Michael Essien has paid tributes to the victims of the Tsunami that hit Indonesia over the weekend. Nearby buoy detection systems have not been operational since 2012.

Many are on high alert as the volcano, which caused the tsunami, remains active.

But the volcano has erupted every day since June, and sometimes even up to 99 times per day, according to the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, the Indonesian newspaper reported.

The disaster also caused deaths in a dozen other nations around the Indian Ocean, killing around 230,000 people in total.

Police and search-and-rescue workers tried to help get people out, but the local mosque soon calmed the chaos over its loudspeaker: the rising waterline was just a regular tidal surge, not a repeat of Saturday's killer tsunami.

A singer whose wife and three band mates were among 373 people killed in an Indonesian tsunami over the weekend asked for prayers for the dead in a series of emotional Instagram posts on Sunday and Monday. A quake on the island of Lombok killed 505 people in August.

2004: A massive 9.1 magnitude quake on the western coast of Indonesia's Aceh province in northern Sumatra on December 26, 2004 triggered a tsunami that struck 14 countries, killing 226,000 people along the Indian Ocean coastline; more than half of the killings were in Aceh.

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