Video: Indonesia Tsunami Wave Crashes Through Stage While Band Plays


At least 222 people have died as a result of a tsunami off the coast of Indonesia on Saturday night (December 22nd), with hundreds injured and still more unaccounted for.

In a cell phone video that’s incredibly difficult to watch, the Indonesian pop band Seventeen can be seen performing at the beach resort Tanjung Lesung in Pandeglang when the tsunami crashed in from behind the stage, taking it down in the blink of eye and pushing it into the audience. At least 14 people were killed in the incident, including one member of the band and their manager, with 89 others still missing (the rest of the band members among them). 

The tsunami was not caused by an earthquake — which typically triggers alarms and gives coastal residents time to evacuate — but by an intensifying volcanic eruption at Mount Anak Krakatau, which set off an underwater landslide. A high tide as a result of a full moon added to the problem.

While the band performing was not a metal outfit, any time such a catastrophic and deadly event occurs at a live music show the reverberations are felt through the entire music community (see also: the Las Vegas shooting last year). 

You can watch the video below. On behalf of the whole team at MetalSucks, we wish everyone affected by this disaster (and their families, friends and loved ones) all the best. We will keep you posted about any fundraising endeavors and ways you can help the relief effort. 

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