A tsunami claimed as many as 43 people while hundreds others sustained injuries in Indonesia.
The tsunami is said to have been caused by a volcano known as the “child” of the legendary Krakatoa.
Local administration officials said that hundreds of buildings were destroyed by the wave that was created without warning in South Sumatra as well as in the western tip of Java.
Authorities say the tsunami may have been triggered by an abnormal tidal surge due to a new moon and an underwater landslide following the eruption of Anak Krakatoa, which forms a small island in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra.
Video footage posted to social media by Nugroho showed panicked residents clutching flashlights and fleeing for higher ground.
Indonesian authorities initially claimed the wave was not a tsunami, but instead a tidal surge and urged the public not to panic.
The wave swamped parts of the coast around the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra island, but was most damaging in Pandeglang district, on Java’s western tip, where 33 people died and 491 people were injured.>