CONSTANT THREAT

Indonesia’s biggest earthquakes and tsunamis since 2004

Anak Krakatau erupting in 2007.
Anak Krakatau erupting in 2007.
Image: AP Photo/Ed Wray
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In Indonesia, a tsunami caused by a volcanic eruption in the Sunda Strait killed at least 222 people and injured more than 800, according to the national disaster relief agency (link in Bahasa), with many still missing. The tsunami struck at about 9:30pm local time on Saturday.

Indonesia, because it sits on the Ring of Fire, is prone to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis. In September, a tsunami following a 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit the coastal city Palu on Sulawesi, killing more than 2,000 people. In July, an earthquake on Lombok, and its afterquakes, killed more than 550 (link in Bahasa).

Below, other disasters that have struck Indonesia since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Indonesia is home to more than 139 volcanoes, and millions of people live around volcanic danger zones. The United States Geological Survey mapped the nation’s major danger zones.

Image: USGS