Tsunami update from Indonesia

The International Rhino Foundation Blog

Dear IRF family,

Yesterday, word came in from Indonesia that there had been a tsunami in the Sunda Straights, the sea between Java and Sumatra. We very much appreciate the emails and Facebook messages from those of you who are worried about the YABI teams. We are very relieved to report that all RPUs and the JRSCA teams are safe and have evacuated to higher ground. We also have heard that the WWF team is safe. One Ujung Kulon National Park staff was killed. It is our understanding that more than 200 people have lost their lives in Java and south Sumatra and more than 800 have been injured.

The tsunami struck without warning and is believed to have been the result of undersea landslides from the Anak Krakatau, or “son of Krakatoa”, which emerged in 1927 and which has shown increased activity in the past few months. Krakatoa erupted…

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