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Stealth Indonesia tsunami turns perfect night into nightmare

A rescue team walks near an audio mixer damaged by a tsunami at Tanjung Lesung beach resorts Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. The tsunami that roared...
Band equipment damaged by a tsunami is seen at Tanjung Lesung beach resorts Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. The tsunami that roared ashore in Indone...
Tsunami survivor Mamat Setiadi carries part of a stage at Tanjung Lesung beach resorts Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. The tsunami that roared ashor...

A rescue team walks near an audio mixer damaged by a tsunami at Tanjung Lesung beach resorts Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. The tsunami that roared...

Band equipment damaged by a tsunami is seen at Tanjung Lesung beach resorts Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. The tsunami that roared ashore in Indone...

Tsunami survivor Mamat Setiadi carries part of a stage at Tanjung Lesung beach resorts Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. The tsunami that roared ashor...

TANJUNG LESUNG, Indonesia (AP) — The tsunami that roared ashore in Indonesia, killing more than 370 people and injuring over 1,400, was particularly cruel.

It hit on a busy holiday weekend when many were enjoying the warm night breeze on the beach under a full moon. And unlike most big waves, which are typically portended by an earthquake's violent shaking, this was a stealth attack.

There were no major ground convulsions, no sirens, no text messages.

A volcanic island rumbled as it has been doing for months before a giant chunk of it apparently broke free like a rock falling into a tub, silently unleashing a disaster.

Even in a disaster-prone country like Indonesia, survivors of Saturday's tsunami said it seemed extra menacing because everything seemed perfect until it hit.


Updated : 2021-05-11 16:47 GMT+08:00