Greece’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its condolences and solidarity with the Indonesian people who are suffering from the devastating tsunami which hit the country on Saturday after the eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano.
According to BBC.com, Saturday’s tsunami struck at about 21:30 local time (14:30 GMT), and while people were outside enjoying a concert along a beach. It was only the most recent of several tsunamis which have hit the island due to the ongoing eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano, which means “Child of Krakatoa”.
More than 222 people have died, with roughly 840 people injured and/or missing at the time of this report. There was no earthquake associated with the tsunami, which might have served as a warning of a tsunami to follow.
Hundreds of houses have been damaged on the islands of Java and Sumatra, as the tsunami hit without warning, and at nighttime. As BBC news reported:
“There was no warning of the giant waves which struck at night, destroying hundreds of buildings, sweeping away cars and uprooting trees. It is thought undersea landslides from the Anak Krakatau volcano caused them.”
Deeply saddened by devastating #Indonesia #tsunami. Our thoughts go out to the victims’ families and loved ones. Our sincere condolences & solidarity to the Indonesian people & its government #AnaKrakatoa @Kemlu_RI @KBRI_Athena https://t.co/mV7U8th1TK
— Υπουργείο Εξωτερικών (@GreeceMFA) December 23, 2018
According to the latest information, there are no Greeks or Cypriots among the victims.