Tsunami kills at least 222 in Indonesia

Indonesia, Tsunami
Residents inspect a house damaged by a tsunami, in Carita, Indonesia, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018.

(CNN)A tsunami that struck Indonesian coastlines without warning Saturday night killed at least 222 people, left hundreds injured and more than two dozen missing, officials said.

Eyewitnesses described fleeing for their lives as beachfront homes were swept away in the churning sea.
According to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, head of public relations at Indonesia‘s National Disaster Mitigation Agency, 843 people were injured and another 28 are unaccounted for.
At least 558 houses were destroyed, while nine hotels, 60 restaurants and 350 boats were heavily damaged, an indication of the tsunami’s impact on residential and tourist areas.
The tsunami is believed to have been triggered when the Krakatoa volcano erupted in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra, prompting a series of underwater landslides, according to Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geological Agency (BMKG).