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SFU experts on tsunami in Indonesia as further activity possible

December 24, 2018
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Indonesia’s weekend tsunami has some experts concerned about further activity near the country’s Anak Krakatau volcano. Volcanic activity is thought to have set off undersea landslides, which then generated the giant waves. SFU Earth sciences professor Brent Ward says “there is some convincing imagery now out that confirms that this was a flank collapse (a much larger event) and not just an underwater landslide.” SFU biology professor Glyn Williams-Jones, who studies volcanoes, visited Anak Krakatau about eight years ago and can describe the region. Both are available for comment. Indonesia was among countries impacted by of one of the world’s deadliest tsunamis following a massive undersea earthquake on Boxing Day 2004, killing over 225,000 people.

Brent Ward, Faculty of Environment, bcward@sfu.ca; 604.771.5829 (cell)
Glyn Williams-Jones, Faculty of Science, glynyj@sfu.ca; 778.240.3306 (cell)

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