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Powerful eruptions are taking place at Indonesian Krakatau volcano over the past 24 hours. The volcano is producing large lava flows and undersea landslides believed to be the cause of at least one deadly tsunami.
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According to the Darwin VAAC advisory issued 00:25 UTC, December 23, satellite imagery suggest a high-level eruption, with ash rising up to 16.7 km (55 000 feet) above sea level.
The Aviation Color Code was raised to Red.
According to the country’s disaster management agency, at least 168 people have been killed, more than 745 injured and 30 are still missing after a tsunami hit villages located around Sunda Strait.
At least 556 homes have been damaged, 9 hotels were severely damaged as well as dozens of boats and ships.
Casualties have so far been reported in the Pandeglang, South Lampung and Serang regions and the death toll is expected to rise.
Officials said it is possible that the full moon may have contributed to the strength of the wave.
According to locals, the tsunami hit around 04:30 LT, December 23 (21:30 UTC, December 22).
One of the eyewitnesses told BBC that there had been heavy eruption sound prior to the tsunami.