At Least 168 Dead After Tsunami Hits Indonesia
A tsunami set off by a volcano has killed at least 168 people in Indonesia.
The wave swept away beachfront properties in the western Sunda Straight.
Many of the victims had been attending a concert during a busy holiday weekend.
More than 30 are missing and hundreds more injured.
A resident walks past housed damaged by a tsunami, in Carita, Indonesia | Image: STR/AP/Press Association Images
The Irish embassy in Jakarta has said it';s following events, and urged people to follow the advice of local authorities.
However it said it is so far not aware of any Irish citizens affected by the tsunami.
The embassy says its not aware of Irish citizens affected by the tsunami from contacts to date. But they are following closely with authorities— Jack Quann (@jqbilbao) December 23, 2018
More than 430 homes were severely damaged by the tsunami which is said to have reached 10ft high.
Indonesia's national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho confirmed the higher death toll after initial reports of 62 deaths.
Residents inspect a house damaged by a tsunami, in Carita, Indonesia | Image: AP/Press Association Images
Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics agency said the wave may have been triggered by underwater landslides after the eruption of Anak Krakatoa, a volcanic island in the Sunda Strait.
It's one of 127 active volcanoes which run the length of the archipelago.