So far, at least 222 people have been killed by a tsunami that struck the island of Indonesia without warning. The tsunami was triggered by the eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano on Saturday. Homes and buildings were destroyed, hundreds were injured and many are still missing.
The missing included one member of the band Seventeen, which was performing on stage at a beach resort on the western tip of the Indonesian island of Java when the giant wave hit, Sky News reported.
A disturbing video has been circulating around social media that shows the unexpected tsunami slamming the stage of the “Seventeen” band members in the middle of their performance in front of a large crowd at a beach resort. The video shows the tsunami blasting through the back wall of the venue, collapsing the stage with the band members and their equipment, and rushing into the crowd.
Fox News reports – Thousands of residents were forced to evacuate to higher ground, according to the newswire. Late Sunday afternoon the disaster agency had raised the death toll to 222, with 843 injured and 28 missing.
The band’s singer Reifian Fajarsyah said Sunday on social media that his wife and the band’s drummer were missing. He also paid tribute to the band’s bass player and road manager who were killed.
“The tide rose to the surface and dragged all the people on site,” he said. “Unfortunately, when the current receded our members were unable to save themselves while some did not find a place to hold on.”
The timing of the tsunami three days before Christmas evoked memories of the Indian Ocean tsunami triggered by an earthquake on December 26 in 2004, when 226,000 people from 14 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia, were killed, Reuters reported.
The Anak Krakatau volcano lies in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands, linking the Indian Ocean and Java Sea. It erupted about 24 minutes before the tsunami, the geophysics agency said.