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Tsunami Hits Indonesia, Death Toll Continues To Climb

Indonesian authorities said a tsunami that hit beaches around the Sunda Strait on Saturday may have been caused by the eruption of Krakatoa volcano.

At least 168 people died when the tsunami hit the region on Saturday night, the government’s Disaster Mitigation Agency said in a statement.

The Agency said 584 other people had been injured and at least 20 people have been declared missing.

In a statement to 10 News First, a spokesperson for DFAT said  "the Australian Embassy in Jakarta is making urgent enquiries to determine whether any Australians have been affected by the tidal wave that hit beaches in the Sunda Strait area."

The spokeperson added that preliminary advice from local authorities suggests no foreigners have been affected.

Indonesian authorities believe the death and injury toll is likely to rise.

More than 400 houses were also damaged.

Padenglang Regency, South Lampung and Serang are understood to be the regions worst hit when the waves struck just after 9pm local time.

Debris is seen from a damaged home on Carita beach, after the area was hit by a tsunami that may have been caused by the Anak Krakatoa volcano. Image: Getty

The Agency said the Pandenglang Regency was the worst affected area, with 33 dead and nearly 500 of the injured from the area.

"The affected areas are settlements and tourist areas along the coast such as Tanjung Lesung Beach, Sumur, Teluk Lada, Penimbang and Carita," the Agency said.

Debris from damaged buildings is seen on a street on Carita beach on December 23, 2018, after the area was hit by a tsunami. Image: Getty Images

The Sunda Strait is located between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra and connects the Java Sea to the Indian Ocean.

More than 1000 people were killed earlier this year in Indonesia when an earthquake triggered a tsunami on the Island of Sulawesi.

On Sunday Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in Sydney he would offer Australia's support if Indonesia needed it, in the wake of the tsunami.

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The Agency said they are investigating the cause but believe it may have been caused by underwater landslides due to the eruption of Krakatoa and tidal waves due to the full moon.

An eruption in 1883 which killed more than 36,000 people is considered to be one of the most violent volcanic eruptions in human history.