Scenes of destruction from the Indonesian tsunami

Hundreds died in Nias Island, off the coast of Sumatra.

BMKG head Dwikorita Karnawati said on Tuesday the agency is anxious about the rough weather making the volcano's crater more fragile. It said most victims were Indonesian tourists visiting beaches during the long weekend ahead of Christmas.

Popular beach resorts were turned into ghost towns, with concrete, wood and debris from thatched bamboo huts strewn along the coast.

A magnitude-9.1 quake struck Indonesia on December 26, 2004, spawning a giant tsunami off Sumatra island and killing over 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

- 2006: A 6.8 magnitude quake hit south of Java, Indonesia's most populated island, triggering a tsunami that smashed into the southern coast, killing almost 700 people.

The Indonesian Medical Association of the worst-affected Banten region said that it sent doctors, medical supplies and equipment, and that numerous injured were in need of orthopaedic and neurological surgery. Yellow, orange and black body bags were laid out, and weeping relatives identified the dead.

"I heard people shouting to run away, and I saw the water had gone up to the mainland and the hotel had been flooded by water", said Feri Ardian.

The vast archipelago, which sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", has suffered its worst annual death toll from disasters in more than a decade.

Police officers rescued a 5-year-old boy on Sunday who had been trapped for almost 12 hours in a auto buried under fallen trees and rubble, according to a video posted by the police on Twitter.

Indonesian Tsunami's Death Toll Rises to 222 as 848 People Are Injured & 28 People Are Missing

The tsunami was probably caused by the collapse of a big section of the volcano's slope, said Gegar Prasetya, co-founder of the Tsunami Research Center Indonesia. Nugroho, the spokesman for the disaster agency, said two other districts or regencies on the southern end of Sumatra - Tanggamus and Pesawaran - were also affected by the tsunami.

She said many fish storehouses were destroyed along the coast, but that houses made from stone were still standing. The operation is being hindered by blocked roads and rainfall.

Dramatic video posted on social media showed a wall of water suddenly crashing into a concert by pop group "Seventeen" - hurling band members off the stage and then flooding into the audience.

That's on top of 373 killed, 1,459 injured and 128 missing.

TANJUNG LESUNG Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Monday toured areas devastated by the latest tsunami, as efforts to collect the hundreds of dead and save the injured were stepped up and scientists collected evidence on how a volcanic er uption triggered the tragedy. Apart from the Sulawesi tsunami, an natural disaster killed 505 people on the island of Lombok in August, and a Lion Air plane plunged into the ocean in October, killing all 189 people on board.

The country's meteorological agency head Dwikorita Karnawati said Anak Krakatoa had been spewing ash and lava for months before a 64-hectare chunk of its south-west side collapsed into the sea.

Its deadly impact is a reminder of its historic past.

The most affected area is Pandeglang on the northwestern tip of Java, where 267 people lost their lives, 1,143 were injured and 38 remain missing, Efe reported.



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