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Indonesia Tsunami: Local Band Seventeen Loses Band Members After Wave Crashes

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Indonesia’s local band Seventeen were entertaining the crowds when suddenly a massive wave struck the stage where they’re performing.

Amateur video before tsunami in Banten

An amateur video shows moments before a tsunami hit the stage of a concert featuring rock band Seventeen in Tanjung Lesung Beach in Banten on Saturday night. Authorities say that an abnormal tidal surge believed to have been caused by a full moon and an underwater landslide following an eruption of Anak Krakatau hit coastal areas of Banten and Lampung on Saturday night, killing at least 43 people. (JP/File)

Posted by The Jakarta Post on Saturday, December 22, 2018

In the video shown above, it appears that everything was normal until tsunami hits the place without warning.

According to ABS-CBN news, the event was an end-of-year party where an estimated 200 employees and their family members of state electricity utility Perusahaan Listris Negara (PLN) were at Tanjung Lesung beach when the tsunami struck last Saturday.

There are at least, 168 people died in the tragedy and hundreds got injured. Also, according to the reports, the number of death toll is expected to spike in the next few days.

Several members of the Seventeen band are on that list who lost their lives.

Bassist M. Awal “Bani” Purbani, road manager Oki Wijaya, guitarist Herman Sikumbang and crew member Ujang. The band drummer is currently reported missing.


“We were shocked because a lot of the people who went there took their families,” manager for the band Yulia Dian said.

“They’d been sharing stories they were having fun at the beach and we didn’t expect this.”

Several news outlets are pointing to the eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano is the cause of the incident.


An underwater landslide had triggered the tsunami and brought high waves to the land especially close to the shorelines.

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