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Search for victims amid rubble left by Indonesia tsunami

Updated : December 26, 2018 12:15 PM IST

The tsunami that hit the coasts of Indonesian islands along the Sunda Strait was not big but it was destructive. The waves smashed onto beaches in the darkness Saturday night without warning, ripping houses and hotels from their foundations in seconds and sweeping terrified concertgoers into the sea. Broken lumber and bricks, smashed cars, and puddles of seawater were left behind. Government personnel and volunteers were searching debris-strewn beaches for survivors and bodies, while families tried to identify their loved ones and grieved for the dead.Survivors say the wave they experienced was about a meter (3.3 feet) high and swept 15-20 meters (50-65 feet) inland. Scientists say it was set off by an eruption and possible landslide on the volcanic island of Anak Krakatau, which has been erupting since June.

On Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, photo, People search for relatives among the bodies of tsunami victims in Carita, Indonesia. The tsunami that hit the coasts of Indonesian islands along the Sunda Strait was not big but it was destructive. The waves smashed onto beaches in the darkness Saturday night without warning, ripping houses and hotels from their foundations in seconds and sweeping terrified concertgoers into the sea. (AP Photo/Fauzy Chaniago)
On Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, photo, People search for relatives among the bodies of tsunami victims in Carita, Indonesia. The tsunami that hit the coasts of Indonesian islands along the Sunda Strait was not big but it was destructive. The waves smashed onto beaches in the darkness Saturday night without warning, ripping houses and hotels from their foundations in seconds and sweeping terrified concertgoers into the sea. (AP Photo/Fauzy Chaniago)
On Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, photo, a rescuer is seen through a damaged house as he takes part in a search operation of tsunami victims in Carita, Indonesia.  (AP Photo/Fauzy Chaniago)
On Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, photo, a rescuer is seen through a damaged house as he takes part in a search operation of tsunami victims in Carita, Indonesia.  (AP Photo/Fauzy Chaniago)
On Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, photo, Indonesian rescuers search for the bodies of tsunami victims in Carita, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
On Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, photo, Indonesian rescuers search for the bodies of tsunami victims in Carita, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
On Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, photo, people inspect the wreckage of a car swept away by a tsunami in Carita, Indonesia. (AP Photo)
On Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, photo, people inspect the wreckage of a car swept away by a tsunami in Carita, Indonesia. (AP Photo)
On Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, photo, Indonesian soldiers carry the bodies of tsunami victims at a beach resort in Tanjung Lesung Indonesia. The tsunami that hit the coasts of Indonesian islands along the Sunda Strait was not big but it was destructive. The waves smashed onto beaches in the darkness Saturday night without warning, ripping houses and hotels from their foundations in seconds and sweeping terrified concertgoers into the sea. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
On Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, photo, Indonesian soldiers carry the bodies of tsunami victims at a beach resort in Tanjung Lesung Indonesia. The tsunami that hit the coasts of Indonesian islands along the Sunda Strait was not big but it was destructive. The waves smashed onto beaches in the darkness Saturday night without warning, ripping houses and hotels from their foundations in seconds and sweeping terrified concertgoers into the sea. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
On Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, photo shows a stage destroyed by Saturday's tsunami at a beach resort in Tanjung Lesung, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
On Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, photo shows a stage destroyed by Saturday's tsunami at a beach resort in Tanjung Lesung, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
On Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, photo, a view of a beach resort is seen after a tsunami in Tanjung Lesung, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
On Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, photo, a view of a beach resort is seen after a tsunami in Tanjung Lesung, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
On Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, photo, people inspect the damaged at a tsunami-ravaged village in Sumur, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Fauzy Chaniago)
On Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, photo, people inspect the damaged at a tsunami-ravaged village in Sumur, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Fauzy Chaniago)
On Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, photo, debris littered a property badly damaged by a tsunami in Carita, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Fauzy Chaniago)
On Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, photo, debris littered a property badly damaged by a tsunami in Carita, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Fauzy Chaniago)
On Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, photo, a tsunami survivor sits on a piece of debris as she salvages items from the location of her house in Sumur, Indonesia.  (AP Photo/Fauzy Chaniago)
On Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, photo, a tsunami survivor sits on a piece of debris as she salvages items from the location of her house in Sumur, Indonesia.  (AP Photo/Fauzy Chaniago)
On Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, photo, a man reacts after identifying his relative among the bodies of tsunami victims in Carita, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Fauzy Chaniago)
On Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, photo, a man reacts after identifying his relative among the bodies of tsunami victims in Carita, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Fauzy Chaniago)
Published : December 26, 2018 12:15 PM IST
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