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Indonesia says avoid coast near volcano, fearing new tsunami

Indonesia says avoid coast near volcano, fearing new tsunamiCARITA BEACH, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities urged people to avoid the coast in areas where a tsunami killed at least 430 people over the weekend in a fresh warning issued on the anniversary of the catastrophic 2004 Asian earthquake and tsunami.



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Indonesia prays on anniversary of 2004 Boxing Day tsunami

Indonesia prays on anniversary of 2004 Boxing Day tsunamiThousands prayed at mass graves Wednesday to mark the 14th anniversary of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, one of the worst natural disasters in history, even as aid workers raced to help victims of the latest killer wave to hit Indonesia. The annual memorial came after the long-buried remains of dozens of Boxing Day tsunami victims were found last week in Aceh province, which was devastated by the 9.1-magnitude “megathrust” earthquake. Nearly 170,000 people died in disaster-prone Indonesia when the quake struck Aceh, a predominantly Muslim province in the northern tip of Sumatra island, sparking massive waves that also slammed into coastal areas as far away as Somalia.



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Indonesia rescuers scramble to reach isolated tsunami-struck towns

Indonesia rescuers scramble to reach isolated tsunami-struck townsIndonesian search and rescue teams Wednesday plucked stranded residents from remote islands and pushed into isolated communities desperate for aid in the aftermath of a volcano-triggered tsunami that killed over 400. The disaster agency cautioned residents to stay clear of the coast, as fresh activity at the Anak Krakatoa volcano, which sits in the middle of the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands, threatened to spark another tsunami. The agency also said that wind was blowing “ash and sand” from Anak Krakatoa to the nearby towns of Cilegon and Serang on Java, and advised residents to wear masks and glasses if they had to venture outdoors.



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Indonesia tsunami survivors hold vigil at Christmas mass

Indonesia tsunami survivors hold vigil at Christmas massInstead of holding festivities and exchanging presents, Pastor Rusman Anita Sitorus led a tearful vigil at a mass in her small church. “We were planning on holding a Christmas celebration every year, but this year is different due to the tsunami,” Sitorus said, as churchgoers lit candles and cried while praying. The occurrence of the disaster during the Christmas season evoked memories of the Indian Ocean tsunami triggered by an earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004, which killed 226,000 people in 14 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.



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Death toll from Indonesia tsunami rises to 281: disaster agency

Death toll from Indonesia tsunami rises to 281: disaster agencyThe death toll from a volcano-triggered tsunami in Indonesia has risen to 281, with more than 1,000 people injured, the national disaster agency said Monday, as the desperate search for survivors ramped up. “The number of victims and damage will continue to rise,” said agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. According to Indonesia’s geological agency, Anak Krakatoa had been showing signs of heightened activity for days, spewing plumes of ash thousands of metres into the air.



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A Tsunami Has Killed Hundreds in Indonesia. Here's What to Know About the Latest Deadly Natural Disaster to Hit the Country

A Tsunami Has Killed Hundreds in Indonesia. Here's What to Know About the Latest Deadly Natural Disaster to Hit the Country"We just don't know how unstable the volcano is," says one expert



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The Latest: Queen Elizabeth sends condolences to Indonesia

The Latest: Queen Elizabeth sends condolences to IndonesiaTANJUNG LESUNG, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on a tsunami that hit along Indonesia's Sunda Strait (all times local):



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Explaining the deadly volcanic tsunami that hit Indonesia

Explaining the deadly volcanic tsunami that hit IndonesiaHundreds are dead, with more missing, following a tsunami that took the Indonesian coast by surprise on Dec. 22.  But this was no typical tsunami. Rather, it was a volcanic tsunami, and understanding what that means may help explain why this particular manifestation of nature's power was so devastating.  The tsunami that struck between the Sumatra and Java islands was triggered not by an earthquake — as is typically the case with tsunamis — but instead by an active volcano in the area known as Anak Krakatau. The volcano reportedly partially collapsed, triggering a landslide underwater, which then in turn kicked off the tsunami, said Dwikorita Karnawati, who leads Indonesia's meteorological agency, according to multiple news reports. The sequence of events didn't trigger a tsunami alert, catching the country by surprise.  "[It] did not rise to the level of triggering [a tsunami] alert," University of Southern California's Tsunami Research Center director Costas Synolakis told NBC News. "So from that point of view, the Tsunami Warning Centers were essentially useless." SEE ALSO: Radioactive boars have taken over towns abandoned after Fukushima The 305-meter volcano responsible for the landslide, reports Al Jazeera, rose from the sea starting in the 1920s at the site of a deadly 1883 eruption that left over 30,000 dead.  It was only a few months ago in late September that another tsunami struck the Indonesia coast. That tsunami followed a magnitude 7.5 earthquake, and resulted in 6-foot waves.  As for Saturday's tragedy, Northwestern University earth science professor Emile Okal told NBC News that volcanoes are constantly in motion and that landslides are one essentially unavoidable outcome of that fact.  "A volcano is something that is a living thing," explained Okal. "Eventually it's going to have a landslide, and if it’s underwater, going to displace water and make a wave." Tragically, for those on the Indonesia coast affected by Saturday's tsunami, this fact reverberates both into the past and the future. Officials warn that more volcanic tsunamis may be coming, with CNN reporting that Anak Krakatau is still erupting and could experience more landslides.  But for now, rescue workers are focused on today, and that means finding those people still missing following the uniquely dangerous volcanic tsunami.  WATCH: Transform your tub into an emergency water storage



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Indonesia hunts for survivors as volcano tsunami toll nears 400

Indonesia hunts for survivors as volcano tsunami toll nears 400Thick clouds of ash spewed from Anak Krakatau, a volcanic island where a crater collapse at high tide late on Saturday set off waves that smashed into coastal areas on both sides of the Sunda Strait between the islands of Sumatra and Java. Earthquakes flattened parts of the island of Lombok in July and August, and a double quake-and-tsunami killed more than 2,000 people on a remote part of Sulawesi island in September. “At least 373 people have died, while 128 people are currently missing,” Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the disaster mitigation agency, said on Monday evening.



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Indonesia hunts for survivors as volcano tsunami toll nears 400

Indonesia hunts for survivors as volcano tsunami toll nears 400Thick clouds of ash spewed from Anak Krakatau, a volcanic island where a crater collapse at high tide late on Saturday set off waves that smashed into coastal areas on both sides of the Sunda Strait between the islands of Sumatra and Java. Earthquakes flattened parts of the island of Lombok in July and August, and a double quake-and-tsunami killed more than 2,000 people on a remote part of Sulawesi island in September. “At least 373 people have died, while 128 people are currently missing,” Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the disaster mitigation agency, said on Monday evening.



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