PANGANDARAN, Indonesia, July 18 — Six-foot tsunami waves triggered by an underwater earthquake swamped several resorts and village seafronts on the southern coast of Java island Monday, killing at least 262 people, officials reported. More than 160 were reported missing in the area, which apparently had no warning system.
A wall of water crashed into this resort town, badly damaging modest hotels, restaurants and rows of beachfront homes. The waves left brick walls gaping and tore down thatched roofs.
The magnitude 7.7. earthquake occurred about 3:15 p.m. Monday and was centered about 150 miles off the southern coast of Java, Indonesia’s most populous island. It was followed within the hour by several aftershocks. Office workers in high-rise buildings as far away as Jakarta, the capital, located on Java’s north coast, said they felt tremors.
About 35,000 people were displaced, according to national Health Department’s crisis center.
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