Indonesia tsunami: People told ‘stay away from sea’ as fears grow of more horror
“EXTREME weather and high waves” around the erupting Anak Krakatau volcano within the notorious Pacific Ring of Fire have prompted Indonesian authorities to urge people to stay away from the coast already devastated by the tsunami which has killed more than 400 people – with experts warning of fresh chaos in the days ahead.
And rescue teams desperately trying to reach the western coast of Java are being hampered by driving rains which are making it difficult to access remote areas. Clouds of ash spewed from Anak Krakatau, almost obscuring the volcanic island where a crater collapse at high tide on Saturday sent waves of up to 16 feet smashing into the coast on the Sunda Strait, between Java and Sumatra islands. The tsunami followed the collapse of an area of the volcano island of the size of about 64 hectares (222 acres), or about 90 soccer pitches.