Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Indonesian tsunami toll at 341

The search for survivors continued Tuesday after a devasting tsunami struck Java on Monday.

The toll rose to 341 with 230 missing, a tragedy for a nation still reeling after taking the brunt of the great 2004 Asian tsunami.

Survivors take shelter inside a mosque after a tsunami swept past a beach in Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia, Tuesday, July 18, 2006. Tearful parents searched for missing children and soldiers dug through the debris Tuesday of homes flattened by the second tsunami to hit Indonesia in as many years. At least 339 people were killed, officials said, with more than 600 injured. (AP Photo/Susetyo Nugroho)
Survivors in a mosque shelter after a tsunami struck the beach at Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia, Tuesday, July 18, 2006.AP Photo/Susetyo Nugroho via Yahoo News.

The waves smashed tourist resorts along the Pangandaran coast causing at least 42,000 people to flee their homes.

The Jakarta government ignored warnings of a possible tsunami from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and Japan's Meteorological Agency after a large 7.7 quake struck off the Java coast on Monday.