A deadly tsunami hit Lampung in Indonesia Sunday Morning. Dozens of buildings were destroyed by the wave, which hit beaches in Lampung and Banten.
Lampung is a province on the southern tip of the Indonesian island of Sumatra with numerous nature preserves that offer hiking, bird-watching, and wildlife viewing. The mountainous, rainforested Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park is home to endangered species such as elephants and Sumatran tigers. The capital city, Bandar Lampung, is a backpacking hub and a jumping-off point to the swamps of Way Kambas National Park.
According to reports, it appears that an underwater landslide was triggered by volcanic activity at the infamous Krakatoa volcano – most likely Anak Krakatau, the baby volcano growing in the heart of the older, larger edifice, which has been erupting for some time now. This landslide pushed away plenty of water, and a tsunami was generated.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, of Indonesia’s national disaster management authority (BNPB), has been tweeting out information relating to the event. At the time of writing, 600 people have been injured, and at least 40 people have died. It looks like plenty of buildings in the region have been destroyed, but so far it’s not clear exactly where the tsunami hit.
Indonesia’s geological agency is investigating the cause. The death toll would likely increase.