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December 24, 2018

Indonesian Authorities Warn of Possible
New Tsunami as Volcano Still Shows
Menacing Activity


Last Saturday night, a tsunami struck the Sunda Strait coasts in Indonesia without warning, killing at least 373 people and leaving almost 1,500 people injured on the islands of Java and Sumatra. Since the disaster, more than 12,000 have been evacuated and at least 128 are still missing. 

While experts are still uncertain regarding what caused the 10-foot-high tsunami, the evidence seems to point toward volcanic activity on the island of Anak Krakatau which may have set off a landslide, displacing enough water to create the giant wave.

The tsunami hit the Sunda Strait which is the channel between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra and connects the Java Sea to the Indian Ocean. The giant wave affected the shores of South Sumatra and West Java which are among the ten most popular tourist destinations in Indonesia. In 2017, Indonesia welcomed almost ten million foreign tourists coming from all parts of the world, but mostly from China, Singapore, Australia and Malaysia. 



While flights do not appear to have been adversely affected by the tsunami, some flights may be delayed or canceled. Check the status of your flight with your travel agent or airline carrier.

Authorities have asked tourists to stay away from beaches and coastal areas until the volcano’s activity tempers off and an all-clear is given. Tourists should also avoid affected areas due to on-going emergency response operations. 

If you are currently in the affected area, contact your country’s embassy for consular assistance and closely monitor local media outlets for further updates. 

If you were scheduled to travel to Indonesia, contact your travel agency and/or airline carrier to postpone your trip. 

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