Indonesia Tsunami: Death Toll On The Rise

The tsunami warning system failed Indonesia yet again as a 3 meter high wave hit the country’s coast along Sundra Strait last Saturday while a popular Indonesian band was performing there. The directly affected areas were Pandeglang, Serang and South Lampung, Indonesia.

The officials are on the go hunting for injured and missing people but the count as of now of people killed by the wave is 281 with several hundreds left injured.

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Inspite of the fact that the Indonesian president, Joko Widodo ordered the country’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geological Agency to purchase tsunami detectors “that can provide early warnings to community.” The tsunami hit without a warning as it was beyond the technology’s capability to predict.

“This (tsunami) is caused by several factors. Our censors did not sound early warning because they are for tectonic activity not volcanic activity. That’s why we are in coordination with other agencies such as the maritime and geology agencies,” Dwikorita said.

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“Saturday’s tsunami was caused when molten rock pouring out of the Anak Krakatau volcano prompted a series of underwater landslides, pushing water up and causing a wave which grew as high as three meters (10 feet).”, according to CNN.

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It might have beyond the technology to anticipate this calamity but as the country is partially developed along volcanoes, the government is now taking active steps to mitigate loss and be better prepared for the future.

By Abhishek Aggarwal

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