Japan Tsunami Strikes Indonesia, One Confirmed Dead
Jayapura, Papua. The tsunami generated by the massive earthquake that struck Japan on Friday destroyed several homes and a bridge in Papua province on Friday night. At least one person has been reported to have been killed.
The dead man was identified as Darwanto Odang, 35, from Holtekamp, Muara Tami, Jayapura.
The victim’s neighbor, Ferry Mansi, was quoted by state news agency Antara as saying on Saturday that Darwanto fell from a boat as he attempted to rescue family members.
The tsunami also destroyed a number of homes and a bridge in Tobati village on a separate island in Youtefa bay.
“A number of houses and a bridge in Tobati village were seriously damaged and a few of them were swept away by the … tsunami from Japan,” community spokesman Marcelino Hababuk said.
He was quoted as saying the tsunami struck at 9:30 p.m. local time.
He said when they heard a tsunami was heading towards Jayapura, many immediately fled to higher ground.
On Friday, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) of Jayapura issued a warning that a tsunami could hit the northern coastal areas of Papua, including Jayapura, Sarmi, Biak and Serui.