CARITA BEACH, Indonesia (AP) — The deadly tsunami struck in the dark, without warning.
At least 222 people were killed as waves smashed into houses, hotels and other beachside buildings Saturday night along Indonesia's Sunda Strait, in a disaster that followed an eruption and possible landslide on Anak Krakatau, one of the world's most infamous volcanic islands.
More than 800 others were injured and dozens were reported missing after the tsunami hit coastal areas along western Java and southern Sumatra islands at 9:27 p.m. Saturday amid a Christmas holiday weekend, the Disaster Management Agency said. The death toll could increase once authorities hear from all stricken areas.
It was the second deadly tsunami to hit Indonesia this year, but the one that killed more than 2,500 people on the island of Sulawesi on Sept. 28 was accompanied by a powerful earthquake that gave residents a brief warning before the waves struck.
On Saturday night, the ground did not shake beforehand to alert people to the oncoming wave that ripped buildings from their foundations in seconds and swept terrified concertgoers on a popular resort beach into the sea.
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Debris littered a property badly damaged by a tsunami Sunday in Carita, Indonesia.
The worst-affected area was the Pandeglang region of Java's Banten province, which encompasses Ujung Kulon National Park and popular beaches, according to local reports.
Residents inspect a house Sunday damaged by a tsunami in Carita, Indonesia.
Tsunami survivors gather at temporary shelter Sunday in Tanjung Lesung, Indonesia.
A man inspects his house which was damaged by a tsunami on Sunday in Carita, Indonesia.
Villagers stand near a car damaged by a tsunami in Carita, Indonesia, on Sunday.
A man grieves after identifying his relative among the bodies of tsunami victims Sunday in Carita, Indonesia.
Tsunami survivors Wahyudin, left, and Arta, right, sit at temporary shelter Sunday in Tanjung Lesung, Indonesia.
A rescuer is seen through a damaged house Sunday as he takes part in a search operation of tsunami victims in Carita, Indonesia.
People carry a freezer box from a house which was damaged by a tsunami in Carita, Indonesia, on Sunday.
Rescuers remove a plastic bag containing the body of a tsunami victim from the back of a truck Sunday in Carita, Indonesia.
People inspect the damage at a tsunami-ravaged neighborhood Sunday in Carita, Indonesia.