Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Tsunami kills more than 80 on Java coast

By Nadia Samie

More than eighty people were killed on Monday after a Tsunami — triggered by a powerful under-sea earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 — hit the coast of Indonesia’s Java Island.

Buildings, homes and hotels were damaged and hundreds of fishing boats destroyed in the chaos.

By late Monday night there were 80 confirmed deaths, with 68 reports of serious injuries, Reuters reports. These numbers are expected to climb in the coming days, as rescuers scour for survivors, and bodies, that were swept away by waves.

Nita Roshita, an Indonesian journalist based in Jakarta, told Bush Radio that slight tremors could still be felt by Monday evening, and that there are fears in communities that the tsunami would strike again.

According to locals, waves up to 1.5 metres crashed into Pangandaran beach near the town of Ciamis, 270 km southeast of Jakarta, killing 37 people there.

Less than two years ago the region was hit by a Tsunami that killed almost 230 000, with many others reported missing to this day.

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