Watch: Tsunami strikes as Indonesian pop band performs on beach, 2 members killed 4 missing

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A tsunami struck without warning Saturday night as an Indonesian pop band was performing, killing two members of the band and leaving four others missing.

The wall of water struck without warning as the band Seventeen on stage at an event near the shore of Tanjung Lesung beach on the western tip of Java, washing the entire platform out from under them as concertgoers screamed in horror.

The terrifying moment was captured on video and shared online.

“This (awful) video shows the Indonesian band Seventeen in concert at the Tanjung Lesung beach in Banten – until the tsunami struck,” tweeted Australian journalist James Massola. “It has been widely shared online. The band’s bass player and road manager are dead, three other band members and the singer’s wife are missing.”

Seventeen confirmed the deaths of bassist  M. Awal Purbani, also known as Bani, and road manager Oki Wijaya, the Jakarta Post reported.

Guitarist Herman Sikumbang and drummer Andi Windu Darmawan remain missing, as well as crew member Ujang, and Dylan Sahara, wife of vocalist Riefian Fajarsyah.


Hundreds of homes and buildings, including hotels, were swept away, according to Fox News. The Indonesian government said the tsunami claimed dozens of lives and left hundreds injured and many others unaccounted for.

“Scientists from Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics agency said it could have been caused by undersea landslides from the eruption of Anak Krakatau, a volcanic island formed over years from the nearby Krakatau volcano,” Fox News reported.

A distraught Fajarsyah posted a video on Instagram confirming the deaths of the two band members, tearfully asking for prayers that his wife and the others are found.

“We lost our bassist Bani and our road manager Oki,” he said in the video, according to The Telegram. “Andi and Herman and Ujang have not been found. Please pray so that my wife Dylan will be found soon.

“The rest are thankfully safe although suffering from injuries and broken bones. Please pray so my wife Dylan, Andi and Herman and Ujang can be found soon.”

Sunday is his wife’s 26th birthday and Fajarsyah shared a photo of the two of them in Paris, urging her to “hurry home.”


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Here’s a sampling of the reactions from Twitter, as social media users struggled to come to grips with the heartbreaking disaster:

Tom Tillison


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