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World | Associated Press | December 24, 2018, 10:25 am
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 At least 222 people have been killed and 843 injured after a tsunami hit coastal towns on Indonesia's Sunda Straiton December 23, 2018. Officials believe that the Tsunami was caused by a landslide triggered by the eruption of Krakatau volcano. (Image: Reuters)

At least 222 people have been killed and 843 injured after a tsunami hit coastal towns on Indonesia's Sunda Straiton December 23, 2018. Officials believe that the Tsunami was caused by a landslide triggered by the eruption of Krakatau volcano. (Image: Reuters)

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 Aerial shot shows Mount Anak Krakatau as it erupts on Java Strait, Indonesia. (Image: AP)

Aerial shot shows Mount Anak Krakatau as it erupts on Java Strait, Indonesia. (Image: AP)

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 Tsunamis triggered by volcanic eruptions are relatively rare, caused by the sudden displacement of water or

Tsunamis triggered by volcanic eruptions are relatively rare, caused by the sudden displacement of water or "slope failure", according to the International Tsunami Information Centre. (Image: Reuters)

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 A woman cries as she reads a list of victims who were killed in a tsunami, at Carita in Padeglang, Banten province, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

A woman cries as she reads a list of victims who were killed in a tsunami, at Carita in Padeglang, Banten province, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 The number is expected to increase, according to the spokesman. (Image: Reuters)

The number is expected to increase, according to the spokesman. (Image: Reuters)

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 Rescue team members carry the dead body of a victim after a tsunami hit Tanjung Lesung beach in Banten, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

Rescue team members carry the dead body of a victim after a tsunami hit Tanjung Lesung beach in Banten, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Apparently, there was no warning of the giant waves which destroyed hundreds of houses, sweeping away cars and uprooting trees. (Image: Reuters)

Apparently, there was no warning of the giant waves which destroyed hundreds of houses, sweeping away cars and uprooting trees. (Image: Reuters)

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 A damaged car is seen inside a house after a tsunami hit Banten, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

A damaged car is seen inside a house after a tsunami hit Banten, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Residents sit inside a mosque as they evacuated following high waves and the eruption of Anak Krakatau volcano at Labuan district in Pandeglang, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

Residents sit inside a mosque as they evacuated following high waves and the eruption of Anak Krakatau volcano at Labuan district in Pandeglang, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Residents inspect body bags as they search for family members outside a local health center following a tsunami at Panimbang district in Pandeglang, Banten province, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

Residents inspect body bags as they search for family members outside a local health center following a tsunami at Panimbang district in Pandeglang, Banten province, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Residents collect debris from their collapsed house after it was hit by a tsunami at Panimbang district in Pandeglang, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

Residents collect debris from their collapsed house after it was hit by a tsunami at Panimbang district in Pandeglang, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 A resident injured by a tsunami is treated at a health center in Pandeglang, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

A resident injured by a tsunami is treated at a health center in Pandeglang, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 A local walks near her damaged house hit by tsunami at Tanjung Lesung district in Pandeglang, Banten province, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

A local walks near her damaged house hit by tsunami at Tanjung Lesung district in Pandeglang, Banten province, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 A local health center officer covers a dead body after a tsunami at Panimbang district in Pandeglang, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

A local health center officer covers a dead body after a tsunami at Panimbang district in Pandeglang, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Residents collect debris from their collapsed house after it was hit by a tsunami at Panimbang district in Pandeglang, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

Residents collect debris from their collapsed house after it was hit by a tsunami at Panimbang district in Pandeglang, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Residents sit inside a mosque as they evacuated following high waves and the eruption of Anak Krakatau volcano at Labuan district in Pandeglang, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

Residents sit inside a mosque as they evacuated following high waves and the eruption of Anak Krakatau volcano at Labuan district in Pandeglang, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Residents search for victims among the ruins of collapsed houses after the area was hit by a tsunami at Carita beach in Padeglang, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

Residents search for victims among the ruins of collapsed houses after the area was hit by a tsunami at Carita beach in Padeglang, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 A house and a small shop is seen after hit by tsunami at Tanjung Lesung district in Pandeglang, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

A house and a small shop is seen after hit by tsunami at Tanjung Lesung district in Pandeglang, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 A soldier examines a local resident who was injured following a tsunami which hit at Tanjung Lesung district in Pandeglang, Banten province, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

A soldier examines a local resident who was injured following a tsunami which hit at Tanjung Lesung district in Pandeglang, Banten province, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 A resident searches for items among the ruins of a villa after the area was hit by a tsunami, at Carita beach in Padeglang, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

A resident searches for items among the ruins of a villa after the area was hit by a tsunami, at Carita beach in Padeglang, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 A broken jet ski is seen among debris after a tsunami hit Tanjung Lesung beach in Banten, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

A broken jet ski is seen among debris after a tsunami hit Tanjung Lesung beach in Banten, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Residents ride a motorcycle past a collapsed wall after a tsunami hit Carita beach in Pandeglang, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

Residents ride a motorcycle past a collapsed wall after a tsunami hit Carita beach in Pandeglang, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Residents injured by a tsunami are treated outside a health center in Pandeglang, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

Residents injured by a tsunami are treated outside a health center in Pandeglang, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Residents ride a motorcycle past collapsed small shops after a tsunami hit Carita beach in Pandeglang, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

Residents ride a motorcycle past collapsed small shops after a tsunami hit Carita beach in Pandeglang, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Residents talk to police officers as they search for family members outside a local health center following a tsunami at Panimbang district in Pandeglang, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

Residents talk to police officers as they search for family members outside a local health center following a tsunami at Panimbang district in Pandeglang, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Damaged cars are seen among collapsed houses after a tsunami hit Banten, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

Damaged cars are seen among collapsed houses after a tsunami hit Banten, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Debris are seen after a tsunami hit Tanjung Lesung beach in Banten, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

Debris are seen after a tsunami hit Tanjung Lesung beach in Banten, Indonesia. (Image: Reuters)

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 Earlier, the Indonesian tourist island of Bali closed its international airport, stranding thousands of travellers, as the Mount Agung volcano gushed a 2,500-meter (8,200-feet) column of ash and smoke. (Image: AP)

Earlier, the Indonesian tourist island of Bali closed its international airport, stranding thousands of travellers, as the Mount Agung volcano gushed a 2,500-meter (8,200-feet) column of ash and smoke. (Image: AP)

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 The regional Volcanic Ash Advisory Center in Darwin, Australia, said winds would carry the ash southwest toward Java, Indonesia's most densely populated island. (Image: AP)

The regional Volcanic Ash Advisory Center in Darwin, Australia, said winds would carry the ash southwest toward Java, Indonesia's most densely populated island. (Image: AP)

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 Volcanic ash is a potentially deadly threat to aircraft that can cause engines to

Volcanic ash is a potentially deadly threat to aircraft that can cause engines to "flame out."

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 The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said nearly 450 flights were cancelled, affecting some 75,000 people. (Image: AP)

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said nearly 450 flights were cancelled, affecting some 75,000 people. (Image: AP)

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 Tourists rest as Ngurah Rai International Airport is closed due to the eruption of Mount Agung in Bali. (Image: AP)

Tourists rest as Ngurah Rai International Airport is closed due to the eruption of Mount Agung in Bali. (Image: AP)

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 The volcano began belching ash and smoke on Thursday and several airlines cancelled inbound and outbound flights scheduled for the evening. (Image: AP)

The volcano began belching ash and smoke on Thursday and several airlines cancelled inbound and outbound flights scheduled for the evening. (Image: AP)

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 Tourists rest as Ngurah Rai International Airport is closed due to the eruption of Mount Agung in Bali. (Image: AP)

Tourists rest as Ngurah Rai International Airport is closed due to the eruption of Mount Agung in Bali. (Image: AP)

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 The Ngurah Rai International Airport on the Indonesian island of Bali suspended operations due to an increased alert level of the Agung volcano on the island. (Image: AP)

The Ngurah Rai International Airport on the Indonesian island of Bali suspended operations due to an increased alert level of the Agung volcano on the island. (Image: AP)

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 Indonesian authorities ordered a mass evacuation of people from an expanded danger zone around an erupting volcano on Bali that has forced the island's international airport to close, stranding tens of thousands of travellers. (Image: AP)

Indonesian authorities ordered a mass evacuation of people from an expanded danger zone around an erupting volcano on Bali that has forced the island's international airport to close, stranding tens of thousands of travellers. (Image: AP)

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 Mount Agung, which has been ejecting ash and lava since November 25, has now an

Mount Agung, which has been ejecting ash and lava since November 25, has now an "imminent" risk of a major eruption, Efe news reported quoting an official. (Image: AP)

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 Hundreds of flights have been cancelled, and tens of thousands of passengers have been affected. (Image: AP)

Hundreds of flights have been cancelled, and tens of thousands of passengers have been affected. (Image: AP)

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 The airport closed early on November 27 and will remain so till November 28 with regular six-hour checks, said the Director of Information for the Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, in a statement. (Image: AP)

The airport closed early on November 27 and will remain so till November 28 with regular six-hour checks, said the Director of Information for the Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, in a statement. (Image: AP)

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"Due to the closure, all flights both arriving and departing from Ngurah Rai Airport will be cancelled until further notice," the statement said. (Image: AP)

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"Continuous ash puffs are sometimes accompanied by explosive eruptions accompanied by a weak sound of boom," Nugroho added. (Image: AP)

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 The decision to close the airport came one hour after authorities raised the eruption alert level from three to four (the maximum) and extended the safety radius around the crater of the volcano to 10 km. (Image: AP)

The decision to close the airport came one hour after authorities raised the eruption alert level from three to four (the maximum) and extended the safety radius around the crater of the volcano to 10 km. (Image: AP)

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 Located in the east of the island, in the district of Karangasem and far from most tourist attractions, Mount Agung has been spewing ash between 2,000 and 3,400 metres high into the sky in the last few hours. (Image: AP)

Located in the east of the island, in the district of Karangasem and far from most tourist attractions, Mount Agung has been spewing ash between 2,000 and 3,400 metres high into the sky in the last few hours. (Image: AP)

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 The ash cloud also caused the closure of the international airport on the island of Lombok on Sunday afternoon, which triggered the authorities to recommend the use of protective masks for the population. (Image: AP)

The ash cloud also caused the closure of the international airport on the island of Lombok on Sunday afternoon, which triggered the authorities to recommend the use of protective masks for the population. (Image: AP)

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 Residents of Karangasem district who have not left the security zone on their own are being evacuated, although the authorities have not yet provided a number of those affected. (Image: AP)

Residents of Karangasem district who have not left the security zone on their own are being evacuated, although the authorities have not yet provided a number of those affected. (Image: AP)

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 This is Mount Agung's first volcanic eruption since 1963 when the ejection of magma lasted almost a year and caused more than 1,100 deaths. (Image: AP)

This is Mount Agung's first volcanic eruption since 1963 when the ejection of magma lasted almost a year and caused more than 1,100 deaths. (Image: AP)

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 Bali is the main tourist destination in Indonesia, with an annual influx of around 5.4 million foreign tourists, according to official data. (Image: AP)

Bali is the main tourist destination in Indonesia, with an annual influx of around 5.4 million foreign tourists, according to official data. (Image: AP)

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 The Indonesian archipelago sits within the so-called

The Indonesian archipelago sits within the so-called "Ring of Fire" of the Pacific, an area of great seismic and volcanic activity that is shaken by thousands of tremors every year, most of the small magnitude. (Image: AP)

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