(CBS/AP) A powerful earthquake sent a 6-foot-high tsunami crashing into beach resorts on Indonesia’s Java island Monday, killing at least 86 people and leaving scores missing and sending thousands fleeing to higher ground, officials and witnesses said.
Regional agencies had issued bulletins that the 7.7-magnitude undersea earthquake was strong enough to send a killer wave steaming toward the country worst hit by the 2004 tsunami, but they did not reach the victims because the island has no warning system.
The hardest-hit area appeared to be Pangandaran, an idyllic beach resort long popular with local and foreign tourists, where witnesses said people shouted “Tsunami! Tsunami!” and climbed trees or crowded inland mosques as the wave approached.
Full article here. In addition to the 7.7 magnitude quake that apparently touched off the tsunami, there have been three quakes in excess of 6.0 and approximately 17 quakes in excess of 5.0 centered in the ocean south of Java within the last 24 hours.