Indonesia tsunami LIVE: Latest Krakatoa DESTRUCTION updates as 222 death toll to RISE

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Indonesia tsunami LIVE: Latest Krakatoa DESTRUCTION updates as 222 death toll to RISE

The monstrous tsunami in the aftermath of an underwater landslide triggered by the eruption of Krakatoa at 9.03m local time on Saturday, December 22. The tidal wave then struck the Sunda Strait region between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra 24 minutes later. Indonesian authorities have so far confirmed 222 were killed by the tsunami and another 843 were injured and 28 are missing. Among the confirmed dead are members of the Indonesian band Seventeen who were playing a concert when the tsunami struck. Some members of the band's crew are still missing.

The tsunami comes just 14 years after the devastating Boxing Day Tsunami killed 226,000 people in 2004.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, chief of public relations at the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management, confirmed in a tweet at least 556 houses were levelled by the tsunami.

Evacuations are now underway across the island of Java.

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Indonesia tsunami live: latest Krakatoa updates

Indonesia Tsunami: A deadly tidal wave struck Indonesia after Krakatoa erupted (Image: EPA/REUTERS)

4.40pm: Pope Francis prays for the victims of the tsunami

The spiritual figurehead of the Catholic Church offered his prayers and condolences to the victims of the tsunami.

Speaking to pilgrims in Vatican City’s St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis said his thoughts were with those “struck by violent natural calamities”.

4.20pm: Experts reveal reasons behind deadly Indonesia tsunami

Prof Dougal Jerram from the University of Oslo suggested the eruption of Krakatoa could have triggered the deadly wave.

The expert said: “Tsunamis can be caused by volcanically induced landslides above or below water, and by volcanic eruptions themselves.

“Unlike tsunamis caused by earthquakes, such volcanically induced tsunamis may not trigger warning systems that are designed to alarm after large quakes, and thus may provide little warning, unless observed directly or detected by other devices such as wave buoy warning systems.

“Particularly when the volcano in question, as with Anak Krakatau, is already

Indonesia tsunami: Aftermath of tsunami

Indonesia tsunami: Pope Francis offered his prayers for the victims of the deadly tsunami (Image: AFP GETTY)

2.30pm: Rescue efforts hindered by debris officials warn

Rescue operations along the coast of Java are well underway but the rubble and debris left behind by the tsunami is hindering efforts.

Officials have warned ambulances and emergency crews are struggling to clear roads littered with trees and building remnants.

Pictures snapped along the coast reveal vast amounts of wood and metal spread across the area.

1.43pm: Krakatoa eruption is not as deadly as 1883 blast

Despite popped so far confirmed dead as a result of the tsunami, the tragic cataclysm is nowhere near as deadly as the infamous 1883 Krakatoa eruption.

The 19th century blast played out between August 26 and August 27 and resulted in the loudest and one of the deadliest volcano blasts in history.

The force of eruption created 400ft-high tsunami waves which claimed the lives of more than 36,000 people in the region.

The eruption’s shockwave travelled around the world at least four times and the resulting waves ricked ships as far away as Africa.

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1.20pm: Witness accounts reveal the horror of the tsunami wave hitting

Oystein Lund Andersen wrote on Facebook his first-hand account of the deadly wave slamming into Indonesia.

The Norwegian tourist said he was snapping photos of the volcano when he saw the wave headed towards him.

He said: I had to run, as the wave passed the beach and landed 15 to 20m inland.

“Next wave entered the hotel area where I was staying and downed cars on the road behind it.

“Managed to evacuate with my family to higher ground through forest paths and villages, where we are taken care of by the locals. We’re unharmed, thankfully.”

Indonesia tsunami: Aftermath of tsunami

Indonesia tsunami: Rescue crews are sorting through the rubble to find survivors (Image: REUTERS)

12.53pm: ‘It’s too difficult to create warning system for Indonesia’ experts warn

Professor David Rothery, professor of Planetary Geosciences at the Open University, revealed it is incredibly difficult to create adequate warning systems for the Indonesian volcano.

He said: “Today’s tsunami appears to have been caused by an underwater collapse of part of the new island and that has been forming as the volcano grows.

“Tsunami warning buoys are positioned to warn of tsunamis originated by earthquakes at underwater tectonic plate boundaries.

“Even if there had been such a bout right next to Anak Krakatau, this is so close to the affected shorelines that warning time would have been minimal given the high speeds at which tsunami waves travel.”

12:12pm: Disaster agency lists damage and casualties in tsunami aftermath

The National Board for Disaster Management has revealed the list of the most affected areas along the coast of Java.

In a statement, the agency said 64 people were killed in Pandeglang District and other 624 were injured and two people are still missing.

The tsunami destroyed or damaged 446 houses in the area, and wrecked nine hotels, 60 shops and 73 vehicles.

In the Serang District, at least 11 people were killed and 22 were injured. Another 26 were listed missing after 11am UK time.

In the South Lampung Regency, 48 people were killed by the wave, 213 people suffered injuries and 110 houses were damaged.

Only one person was confirmed dead in Tanggamus Regency.

12.06pm: Excavators and heavy machinery deployed to search rubble for victims

Heavy equipment was deployed into the most affected areas to sort through the rubble and debris, the National Board for Disaster Management said in a statement.

Emergency crews are currently working with the aid of five excavators, two units of leaders, two dump truck and six water tankers.

The agency said: “ Support for heavy equipment will be added.

“The number of refugees is still in the data collection.”

Public kitchens and refugee points are in operation around the island to aid the victims of the tsunami.

12pm: Officials reveal no foreign tourists were killed in the tsunami

A statement from the National Board for Disaster Management has confirmed so far no international tourists were caught in the tsunami.

All victims have so far been tied to four affected districts in Pandeglang, Serang, South Lampung and Tanggamus Regencies.

However many tourists were injured by the deadly wave and the death toll of 222 is expected to rise.

The agency said: “Pandeglang District recorded 164 people died, 624 people injured, 2 people missing.

“Physical damage included 446 damaged houses, 9 damaged hotels, 60 damaged shops, 350 damaged ships and boats, and 73 damaged vehicles.

“Areas affected in 10 sub-districts. The locations that were found by many victims were Mutiara Hotel Carita Cottage, Tanjung Lesung Hotel and Sambolo Village.”

Indonesia tsunami: Aftermath of tsunami

Indonesia tsunami: So far no international tourists were killed by the catclysm (Image: AFP GETTY)

11.30am: Krakatoa eruption threatens travel chaos before Christmas

A giant ash cloud spewed by the erupting volcano could stall flights in the region, causing widespread travel has before Christmas.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has issued a red warning for air quality, warning the ash cloud was spotted at an altitude of 55,000ft.

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11.25am: More than 550 building wrecked by the tsunami

Disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho confirmed in a tweet a total of 556 houses were destroyed by the tsunami.

Mr Nugroho said the destructive tidal wave also truck nine hotels, 60 “culinary stalls”.

A total of 350 boats were also destroyed in the cataclysm.

In response, Indonesian President Joko Widodo has ordered all Government agencies to respond to the disaster.

He said in a statement: “My deep condolences to the victims in Banten and Lumpung provinces.”

11.20am: Australian Prime Minister vows to help Indonesia

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison assured the people of Indonesia in a tweet, the country is ready to provide aid in the time of need.

Mr Morrison said: “A very difficult day for our friends in Indonesia.

“Our thoughts go out to all those who have lost loved ones, the injured and all of their families.

“As always we stand ready to assist as needed.”

11.19am: Krakatoa volcano active since June

The volcano which is understood to have triggered the tsunami was being observed for signs of activity since at least June.

Anak Krakatoa has been on a high-level watchlist for at least 90-years and occasionally spews clouds of smoke into the sky.

Earlier in October this year, the volcano fired lava bombs into ten skies, one of which nearly hit a tourist boat.

The monster volcano’s 1883 eruption in 1883 is counted among the most powerful volcanic blasts on record.

11am: Indonesia tsunami death on the rise – 222 killed

The death toll is expected to rise further after officials have confirmed the number of victims now stands at 222 dead.

Mr Nugroho of the disaster mitigation agency said: “222 people are dead, 843 people are injured and 28 people are missing.

“This number is predicted to increase because not all victims have been successfully evacuated, not all health centres have reported victims and not all locations have got complete data.”

Authorities have warned local residents and tourists to stay away from the coast and beaches until at least Christmas Day, December 25.

Lund Andersen, a Norwegian holidaymaker who was in Indonesia when the tsunami struck, said: "I had to run, as the wave passed the beach and landed 15-20 metres inland. Next wave entered the hotel area where I was staying and downed cars on the road behind it.

“Managed to evacuate with my family to higher ground through forest paths and villages, where we are taken care of by the locals."

Indonesia tsunami: Krakatoa Eruption

Indonesia tsunami: The island's coast will remain closed to the public until Christmas Day (Image: EPA)

10.50am: Horrifying pictures reveal chaos and destruction of deadly tsunami

The first images of the destruction caused by the Indonesia tsunami reveal levelled houses, overturned cars and debris littering the island of Java.

Photos show local residents sifting through the rubble of their deterred homes as authorities urge people to evacuate.

Many of the collapsed buildings are simple wooden structures not built to withstand the tremendous force of nature.

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10: 40am: Is it safe to travel to Indonesia? Latest tourist warnings in place

Indonesian authorities have advised tourists and locals alike to stay clear of the affected coastal areas.

Rahmat Triyono, head of the meteorological agency said: "Please do not be around the beaches around the Sunda Strait.

“Those who have evacuated, please do not return yet.”

The massively popular Pandeglang region is one of the worst affected by the tsunami.

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Indonesia tsunami: Deadly tsunami aftermath

Indonesia tsunami: Locals and tourists are urged to stay away from the coast (Image: EPA)

10.30am: Indonesia tsunami map - Cataclysm strikes Sunda Strait

According to Mr Nugroho of the Disaster Management agency, the worst hit area was the coastal Pandeglang district.

He said: “We are still gathering information. The worst hit area is Pandeglang district, along the coastal area, including residential and tourist areas in the Tanjung Lesung beach, Lesung beach, Teluk Lada, Panimbang and Carita beach.”

And the Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency confirmed Krakatoa volcano erupted at 9.03pm local time.

The deadly tsunami stuck Indonesia just 24 minutes later.

The agency said: “It's possible the materials around Anak Krakatau collapsed to the sea and triggered the tsunami and affected beaches around Sunda Strait."

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Indonesia tsunami: Aftermath of tsunami

Indonesia tsunami: Officials have confirmed 556 buildings were destroyed by the tidal wave (Image: AFP/GETTY)

10.20am: Indonesian band pays tribute to members killed by tsunami

Members of the rock band Seventeen paid tribute to their colleagues and crew members after the tidal wave struck their concert.

Lead singer Riefian Fajarsyah said through tears in an emotional video: “We lost our bassist Bani and our road manager Oki.

“Andi and Herman and Ujang have not been found.

Please pray so that my wife Dylan will be found soon.

“The rest are thankfully safe although suffering from injuries and broken bones.

Please pray so my wife Dylan, Andi and Herman and Ujang can be found soon.”

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10.10am: Shocking video shows harrowing aftermath of tsunami

Video footage recorded after the tsunami struck Indonesia on Saturday reveals the true scale of destruction along the coast.

The powerful tidal wave, which struck in the Sunda Strait area, has destroyed more than 500 buildings.

The recorded footage shows piles of rubble, debris and trees littering a coastal area.

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Indonesia tsunami: Aftermath of tsunami

Indonesia tsunami: Evacuations in the Sunda Strait area are now underway (Image: TWITTER)

10.05am: Partygoers scream as tsunami hits Seventeen concert

Revellers were forced to flee for their lives after the deadly tsunami wave struck a beachside concert in Indonesia.

The performing rock band, Seventeen, has confirmed four of its members were killed by the tidal wave.

Bassist M. Awal "Bani" Purbani, road manager Oki Wijaya, guitarist Herman Sikumbang and crew member Ujang have died.

The band’s drummer is also listed as missing.

Lead singer Riefian "Ifan" Fajarsyah said: “Lost Bani and our road manager Oki.”

10am: Widespread evacuation underway

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management, has confirmed via tweet locals are being evacuated from the Indonesian coastline.

In a 6am UK time update, Mr Nugroho said so far 556 houses have been destroyed or damaged by the tidal wave.

10am: Sebastian Kettley starts live reporting. 

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