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AP PHOTOS: Search for victims amid rubble left by tsunami

In this Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, photo, people inspect the damaged at a tsunami-ravaged village in Sumur, Indonesia. The tsunami that hit the coasts of ...
In this Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, photo, a tsunami survivor sits on a pice of debris as she salvages items from the location of her house in Sumur, Indon...
In this Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, photo, debris littered a property badly damaged by a tsunami in Carita, Indonesia. The tsunami that hit the coasts of I...
In this Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, file photo, a man reacts after identifying his relative among the bodies of tsunami victims in Carita, Indonesia. The t...
In this Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, photo, Indonesian soldiers carry the bodies of tsunami victims at a beach resort in Tanjung Lesung Indonesia. The tsuna...
In this Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, photo, a view of a beach resort is seen after a tsunami in Tanjung Lesung, Indonesia. The tsunami that hit the coasts o...
In this Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, photo, people inspect the wreckage of a car swept away by a tsunami in Carita, Indonesia. The tsunami that hit the coas...
In this Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, photo, People search for relatives among the bodies of tsunami victims in Carita, Indonesia. The tsunami that hit the c...
In this Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, photo, a rescuer is seen through a damaged house as he takes part in a search operation of tsunami victims in Carita, I...
This Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, photo shows a stage destroyed by Saturday's tsunami at a beach resort in Tanjung Lesung, Indonesia. The tsunami that hit t...
In this Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, photo, Indonesian rescuers search for the bodies of tsunami victims in Carita, Indonesia. The tsunami that hit the coas...

In this Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, photo, people inspect the damaged at a tsunami-ravaged village in Sumur, Indonesia. The tsunami that hit the coasts of ...

In this Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, photo, a tsunami survivor sits on a pice of debris as she salvages items from the location of her house in Sumur, Indon...

In this Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, photo, debris littered a property badly damaged by a tsunami in Carita, Indonesia. The tsunami that hit the coasts of I...

In this Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, file photo, a man reacts after identifying his relative among the bodies of tsunami victims in Carita, Indonesia. The t...

In this Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, photo, Indonesian soldiers carry the bodies of tsunami victims at a beach resort in Tanjung Lesung Indonesia. The tsuna...

In this Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, photo, a view of a beach resort is seen after a tsunami in Tanjung Lesung, Indonesia. The tsunami that hit the coasts o...

In this Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, photo, people inspect the wreckage of a car swept away by a tsunami in Carita, Indonesia. The tsunami that hit the coas...

In this Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, photo, People search for relatives among the bodies of tsunami victims in Carita, Indonesia. The tsunami that hit the c...

In this Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, photo, a rescuer is seen through a damaged house as he takes part in a search operation of tsunami victims in Carita, I...

This Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, photo shows a stage destroyed by Saturday's tsunami at a beach resort in Tanjung Lesung, Indonesia. The tsunami that hit t...

In this Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, photo, Indonesian rescuers search for the bodies of tsunami victims in Carita, Indonesia. The tsunami that hit the coas...

The tsunami that hit the coasts of Indonesian islands along the Sunda Strait was not big but it was destructive. The waves smashed onto beaches in the darkness Saturday night without warning, ripping houses and hotels from their foundations in seconds and sweeping terrified concertgoers into the sea.

Broken lumber and bricks, smashed cars, and puddles of seawater were left behind. Government personnel and volunteers were searching debris-strewn beaches for survivors and bodies, while families tried to identify their loved ones and grieved for the dead.

Survivors say the wave they experienced was about a meter (3.3 feet) high and swept 15-20 meters (50-65 feet) inland. Scientists say it was set off by an eruption and possible landslide on the volcanic island of Anak Krakatau, which has been erupting since June.


Updated : 2020-12-02 16:09 GMT+08:00