Tourists were also affected during the long holiday weekend ahead of Christmas.
No Australians have yet been listed as being affected by the tsunami that hit beaches in Indonesia.
Another tsunami could strike Indonesia, experts have warned, after a powerful wave caused by a volcanic eruption killed hundreds when it swallowed coastal settlements, taking earthquake-focused disaster monitors by surprise.
In the city of Bandar Lampung on Sumatra, hundreds of residents took refuge at the governor's office, while at the popular resort area of Anyer beach on Java, some survivors wandered in the debris.
Indonesia tsunami: Wave crashes into pop concert by local band Seventeen
People inspect the damage at a tsunami-ravaged village in Sumur, Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018.
Mueller adds that emergency respondents have become proficient at purifying drinking water since the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, which killed over 200,000 people.
Among the victims were members of the Indonesian rock band called Seventeen, who were performing on stage as the tsunami hit.
An unpredictable chain of events and an inadequate early warning system combined to deadly effect with the tsunami that slammed into coastal areas of Indonesia killing almost 300 people, disaster officials and experts said Monday. On Monday, five more bodies were recovered around the hotel, including a little boy. "Agencies are still continuing to analyze the root cause ... the Krakatau volcano continues to erupt, which could potentially trigger another tsunami".
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Coastal residents reported not seeing or feeling any warning signs on Saturday night, such as receding water or an natural disaster, before waves of 2-3 metres washed ashore, according to media.
A tsunami has struck Indonesia's Sunda Strait, killing at least 222 and injuring 843. Antara Foto/Ardiansyah/ via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. He also ordered the social ministry to provide aid and compensation to families of the dead as quickly as possible.
"If you are in the area, please follow the local authorities' advice".
Volcanic activity on Indonesia's famous Anak Krakatau island triggered underwater landslides that caused the tsunami, officials say. An unusually high tide because of the full moon compounded the surge, he said.
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"The first satellite imagery returned after the event on Saturday points strongly to a collapse in the west-southwest flank of the volcano", reports BBC News science correspondent Jonathan Amos. "Landslides triggered the 1992 Maumere tsunami and the Palu 2018 tsunami", Nugroho said via the Guardian, noting that the country's buoy network has not been properly operating since 2012.
The geophysics agency said the volcano erupted 24 minutes before the tsunami hit the islands, according to the AP. That disaster killed more than 30,000 people, launched far-reaching tsunamis, and spewed so much ash into the atmosphere that day was turned to night in the area and temperatures dropped worldwide. "This was a volcanic tsunami.it did not rise to the level of triggering an alert". It continues to grow each year and erupts periodically.
Indonesia is a vast stretch of islands that lies at the margins of the Pacific Ocean where an intersection of large layers of the Earth's crust causes frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
Roads and infrastructure are poor in many areas of disaster-prone Indonesia, making access hard in the best of conditions.
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