A large 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck offshore of the Indonesian island of Java, killing more than 300 people and forcing thousands of others to flee. The temblor struck at 3:19 p.m. local time, when many people were on the beach. It generated a tsunami reported to have produced waves from 10 to 20 feet (3 to 6 meters) high.            

The waves were much smaller than the monster swells of the tsunami that struck on December 26, 2004, which left more than 200,000 dead across several Indian Ocean countries including Indonesia. Puji Pujiono is the regional disaster response advisor for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. "Rows of houses along the coast were swept away, [but] the waves did not go far inland," Pujiono told South Africa's Business Day news service. "There was damage, not devastation." Many Java residents recognized the danger and fled before the waves struck. Nonetheless, the initially low casualty figures have steadily mounted into the hundred. Comparing Quakes The earthquake that created Java's tsunami bears similarities to the mammoth 9.3 magnitude temblor that sparked the 2004 disaster, experts say

The tsunami occurred on 17th July 2006. It was also centered in Indian ocean 180 km from Java, It had a duration of more than 3 min. In Java the tsunami runups were 16-27 ft...............