Survivors of the tsunami that killed at least 373 people in Indonesia over the weekend are bracing for a possible second series of waves — while officials revealed on Monday that the tsunami-warning system has been broken for years.
Indonesian authorities told residents of coastlines near the Anak Krakatau volcano — which triggered Saturday night’s tsunami — to steer clear of the shore because the volcano is still erupting.
“We are cautioning the people to remain cautious,” said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the country’s National Agency for Disaster Management. “The Krakatau volcano continues to erupt, which could potentially trigger another tsunami.”
Eruptions at the volcano, which is located in the Sunda Strait between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra, are believed to have sparked an underwater landslide that sent huge waves crashing into coastal communities on both islands Saturday night.
And the crater went off again Sunday, with Sutopo tweeting dramatic video showing ash spewing into the ocean and churning up the waters as smoke swirls violently.
Residents were taken by surprise by the tsunami, which also injured more than 1,400 people and reduced scores of structures to rubble. Indonesia has an advance warning system for earthquakes, but this disaster didn’t cause a quake.
And while the nation of islands once had a network of tsunami-detecting buoys, they haven’t been working since 2012, according to Sutopo.
“Vandalism, lack of funds, technical faults have caused the current absence of the tsunami buoy system,” he said in a series of tweets.
While touring the tsunami-battered communities Monday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said he has ordered the agency to purchase new early-detection and warning systems.
“I have instructed BMKG [the climate agency] to purchase equipment for early detection, early-warning systems that will be able to provide timely alerts for civilians,” he said.
Meanwhile, rescuers continued to scour the rubble for survivors and corpses. On the western tip of Java, guitars and drums were recovered from where the pop band Seventeen was swept up in the tsunami while performing.
The body of the popular group’s drummer was found Monday — as its guitarist and bassist were being laid to rest — leaving its frontman the sole surviving member of the quartet, according to reports.
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