Indonesia hunts for more survivors as tsunami death toll tops 400

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A woman stands near debris at a tsunami-ravaged area in Carita, Indonesia, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. Indonesian authorities asked people to avoid the coast in areas where a tsunami killed hundreds of people last weekend in a fresh warning issued on the anniversary of the catastrophic 2004 Asian earthquake and tsunami. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

More severe weather is slowing rescue and relief efforts in Indonesia, four days after a devastating tsunami killed more than 420 people. Officials are warning people to stay more than a mile away from the shoreline. They are afraid of another giant wave.

Shelters are overflowing with 21,000 people evacuated as a precaution against another tsunami, mostly the old and young.

“I’m too afraid to stay in my house,” 11-year-old Puput says.

And as the massive scope of the cleanup becomes clear, drones are just now showing the devastation in more remote areas as the hunt goes on for survivors or bodies.

It was in 2014 when an earthquake triggered tsunami roared across the Indian Ocean killing some 230,000 and 120,000 of those in Indonesia alone.

After that, Indonesia build a major earthquake alert system, but officials now admit the system stopped working in 2012 due to lack of maintenance.

It may have not mattered since this tsunami was likely triggered by a landslide caused by a volcano that has been erupting for months, and still is, which means there is still the danger of another tsunami.

That’s why nerves are so on edge and reports of another tsunami sent searchers running away from the shore. So far, the reports have all been false alarms.  

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