The tsunami that roared ashore in Indonesia, killing more than 370 people and injuring over 1,400, was particularly cruel.

It hit on a busy holiday weekend when many were enjoying the warm night breeze on the beach under a full moon. And unlike most big waves, which are typically portended by an earthquake’s violent shaking, this was a stealth attack.

There were no major ground convulsions, no sirens, no text messages.

A volcanic island rumbled as it has been doing for months before a giant chunk of it apparently broke free like a rock falling into a tub, silently unleashing a disaster.

Even in a disaster-prone country like Indonesia, survivors of Saturday’s tsunami said it seemed extra menacing because everything seemed perfect until it hit.

Band equipment damaged by a tsunami is seen at Tanjung Lesung beach resorts Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
Band equipment damaged by a tsunami is seen at Tanjung Lesung beach resorts Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
The worst-affected area was the Pandeglang region of Java's Banten province, which encompasses Ujung Kulon National Park and popular beaches, according to local reports.
The worst-affected area was the Pandeglang region of Java’s Banten province, which encompasses Ujung Kulon National Park and popular beaches, according to local reports.
Tsunami survivor Mamat Setiadi carries part of a stage at Tanjung Lesung beach resorts Indonesia, Monday, Dec. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
Tsunami survivor Mamat Setiadi carries part of a stage at Tanjung Lesung beach resorts Indonesia, Monday, Dec. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Source: The Associated Press