A terrifying wall of water devastated the Sunda Strait following the eruption of an island volcano.
CLICK TO PLAYHORRIFYING MOMENT DEADLY WAVES WIPE OUT STAGE AS BAND PLAY
An eruption of an island volcano has claimed the lives of at least 168 people around Indonesia’s Sunda Strait.
745 people have been reported injured and 30 missing after the devastating quake sent a wall of water damaging hundreds of houses and hotels.
Footage posted on social media showed a pop band named Seventeen performing under a tent on a beach as dozens of people sat listening at tables covered in white cloths.
As bright strobe lights flashed on stage, a child could be seen wandering through the crowd. Then, in between songs with the drummer pounding, the stage suddenly heaved forward, throwing the band and all their equipment into the audience.
The band released a statement saying their bass player and road manager were found dead, while four other members of their group remained missing.
“The tide rose to the surface and dragged all the people on site,” it said.
“Unfortunately, when the current receded our members are unable to save themselves while some did not find a place to hold on.”
Tourists were also affected during the holiday weekend ahead of Christmas.
“I had to run, as the wave passed the beach and landed 15-20m inland,” Norwegian Oystein Lund Andersen wrote on Facebook .
He said he was taking pictures of the volcano when he suddenly saw a big wave come towards him.
“Next wave entered the hotel area where I was staying and downed cars on the road behind it. Managed to evacuate with my family to higher ground trough forest paths and villages, where we are taken care of (by) the locals. Were unharmed, thankfully.”
The worst affected area was the Pandeglang region of Banten province in Java, which encompasses the Ujung Kulon National Park and popular beaches, the Disaster Management Agency said.