Recent updates from The Daily Caller News Foundation have reported that a tsunami in Indonesia has prompted 200 deaths and caused 800 other individuals to sustain critical injuries.
What Caused the Tsunami?
On Saturday night, a volcano erupted in Indonesia, prior to the tsunami. The tsunami was reportedly caused by underwater landslides following the eruption of the volcano. Unfortunately, the volcanic eruption did not cause enough seismic activity for the area to be evacuated. In hindsight, an evacuation would have saved many lives and prevented countless injuries.
A 16-year-old boy who was actually hit by one of the tsunami waves spoke out about the traumatizing experience:
“I was thrown into the fence of a building about 30 meters from the beach. [I] held onto the fence as strong as I could, trying to resist the water, which felt like it would drag me back into the sea. I cried in fear … ‘This is a tsunami?’ I was afraid I would die.”
A group of musicians who were performing during the chaotic natural disaster also spoke out about the tsunami which tragically killed three of their band members:
“The tide rose to the surface and dragged all the people on site. Unfortunately, when the current receded our members were unable to save themselves while some did not find a place to hold on.”
Like most natural disasters, the tsunami has left destruction in its wake. Images and videos of authorities retrieving various bodies from the rubble and ruins has rapidly made the rounds on social media. Infrastructure, houses and other buildings have been destroyed while the bodies of water in Indonesia are murky colors.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo issued the following public statement about the tsunami via Twitter:
“I have ordered all the ranks of the Government related to immediately conduct emergency response measures, seeking and finding the victims, caring for the wounded.”
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