Dramatic aerial footage has emerged of the moment Mount Anak Krakatoa erupted as a pilot flew overhead to inspect the devastation below.
Captain Mykola from Susi Air was sent to assess the damage done to Banten, the westernmost province of Java, Indonesia, hours after a tsunami tore through the island.
Footage taken from the cockpit of the plane shows the volcano spewing enormous walls of grey ash and lava into the ocean, sending thick clouds into the air.
Government sources say the tsunami, which has killed at least 281 and injured over 1000, was caused by an underwater landslide triggered by volcanic activity.
Nearly 60 people have been reported as missing by distraught relatives.
But fears are growing that constant eruptions at the mountain – dubbed the Child of Krakatao – could trigger further tsunamis.
Fire and ash: An aerial view of the volcano on Sunday morning after the eruption which sent a wall of water slamming into the shore, in a natural disaster which has killed 281 people
Police officers and dog squads have been scouring affected villages for survivors since Sunday
A plume of ash rises as Anak Krakatau erupts in Indonesia on Saturday evening local time
The volcano had been erupting spewing ash and lava intermittently since June and has been considered active since 1927.
Mount Anak Krakatoa is one of 76 active volcanoes in Indonesia.
National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said there was a chance of another tsunami.
‘Recommendations from [the] Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency are that people should not carry out activities on the beach and stay away from the coast for a while,’ he said.
It has also emerged a large chunk of the volcano’s south slope may have fallen into the ocean a matter of minutes before the eruption.
Seismologists say it’s currently too dangerous to take sonar imaging of below the water’s surface to determine the exact cause of the tsunami.
The worst-affected area was the Pandeglang region of Java’s Banten province, where tsunami waters tore through farmlands
The hunt for survivors: Men and women have been clawing through mud and water and pieces of building to try and find survivors
As doctors work tirelessly to save victims, locals scour the debris-strewn beaches for survivors
Scientists believe the reason why no warning signal was put out for the local population may have been because the tsunami was triggered by a volcano not an earthquake.
A spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster agency said tsunami buoy networks hadn’t been operational for more than six years due to ‘vandalism’.
The Anak Krakatoa volcano erupted at about 9pm Saturday local time, triggering an underwater landslide and the ensuing tsunami.
Sixty-four hectares of the southwest side of the volcano collapsed in the eruption.
The tsunami hit between the islands of Java and Sumatra at about 9.30pm that night, destroying more than 600 homes, nine hotels, 60 food stalls and more than 400 boats.
A huge search and rescue operation was launched on Sunday morning to find survivors and remove the dead.
Tearful young boy named Ali was plucked to safety after spending 12 hours trapped in a car hidden underneath fallen trees
Doctors work to help survivors and rescuers are looking for more victims through Semur
Rescuers look for survivors along the coast in South Lampung following the deadly tsunami on Saturday night
Among those who survived was a boy named Ali, who police revealed on had been pulled from a car which had become trapped under fallen trees.
A police officer revealed on social media how the boy’s cries were heard.
Officers rushed to the scene to remove wood and other island debris from the car, shining a torch into the wreckage to make out little Ali’s face.
Eventually he is pulled alive crying as he clings onto the officer who saved him, as stunned crowds take pictures of Ali and the officer as he emerges muddy and upset but safe.
Whether or not Ali was alone in the car is unclear.
Jaw dropping footage of the exact moment the 20ft wave came crashing down on the stage, engulfing the band, emerged on Sunday morning as it was revealed 281 people have died.
Another video recorded in the seconds before the wave hit showed families enjoying a performance by Seventeen before the entire stage is suddenly smashed to pieces.
The band’s lead singer Riefian ‘Ifan’ Fajarsyah told his 300,000 followers in a tearful video he was looking for the rest of the band.
The group later released a statement saying their bass player, guitarist and road manager were found dead, while two other band members and the wife of one of the performers remained missing.
1016 are also reported injured after a giant wave destroyed hundreds of homes, hotels and businesses along tourist beaches in Java and Sumatra on Saturday
Another aerial view of the volcano in Indonesia after its devastating eruption
Body bags are lining the streets in zones created by search and rescue teams. Indonesian families have been left devastated by the natural disaster
Damaged buildings and cars are seen in Anyer, Serang as recovery workers are called in to try and find survivors
The worst-affected area was the Pandeglang region of Java’s Banten province, which encompasses Ujung Kulon National Park and popular beaches, the agency said.
Indonesian President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo expressed his sympathy and ordered government agencies to respond quickly to the disaster.
‘My deep condolences to the victims in Banten and Lumpung provinces,’ he said. ‘Hopefully, those who are left have patience.’
At the Vatican, Pope Francis prayed for the dead, the missing and the homeless in Indonesia, telling tourists and pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square that his thoughts were with victims ‘struck by violent natural calamities.’
U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted support for Indonesia: ‘We are praying for recovery and healing. America is with you!’
In the city of Bandar Lampung on Sumatra, hundreds of residents took refuge at the governor’s office, while at the popular resort area of Anyer beach on Java, some survivors wandered in the debris.
Tourists who were enjoying the long holiday weekend ahead of Christmas were also affected.
Women are treated on the back of a truck and IV drips hang from the cabin after the tsunami washed over islands in Indonesia
A man is consoled by a rescue worker after identifying his relative among the bodies of tsunami victims in Carita, Indonesia
The volcanic island Anak Krakatoa stands 1200ft above sea level after first emerging from the depths of the ocean in 1937
Carita beach in Pandeglang was one of the worst hit areas with homes being torn down by the rushing water and cars being destroyed