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Krakatoa volcano erupts ‘spewing plumes of ash several kilometres into the air’

Krakatoa volcano erupts ‘spewing plumes of ash several kilometres into the air’ – as people hear a loud boom 150km away in Jakarta

  • The Krakatoa volcano has reportedly erupted in Indonesia   
  • Satellite imagery captured plumes of ash shooting 15km into the sky
  • The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa killed more than 36,000 people

The Krakatoa volcano in Indonesia has reportedly erupted, spewing plumes of ash 15km into the air.

There were reports of a loud boom heard 150km away in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, around 11pm local time.

A webcam image taken from Anak Krakatau Island, in the Sunda Strait, shows lava flowing from the volcano.

 

People reported hearing a loud boom 150km away in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta

A webcam image taken from Anak Krakatau Island, in the Sunda Strait, shows lava flowing from the volcano

A webcam image taken from Anak Krakatau Island, in the Sunda Strait, shows lava flowing from the volcano

Satellite images are detecting a ‘large magmatic eruption’ with ash and plume shooting 15km (47,000ft) into the sky.  

Towering 357m (1,200ft) above the tropical stillness of the Sunda Strait in Indonesia, Krakatoa is one of the most terrifying volcanoes the world has ever known.

With an explosive force 13,000 times the power of the atomic bomb that annihilated Hiroshima, the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa killed more than 36,000 people and radically altered global weather and temperatures for years afterwards. 

The eruption was so violent and catastrophic that no active volcano in modern times has come close to rivalling it, not even the spectacular eruption of Mount St Helens in the US in 1980.

Official records of the time show that the deadly eruption, together with an enormous tsunami it generated, destroyed 165 villages and towns, seriously damaged a further 132 and killed 36,417 people outright. 

 

 

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Incredible footage shows a rare display of lightening spewing out of the Indonesian volcano Krakatoa in 2018. The volcano, which annihilated 36,000 people in an eruption in 1883, hurled glowing rocks into the sky

Incredible footage shows a rare display of lightening spewing out of the Indonesian volcano Krakatoa in 2018. The volcano, which annihilated 36,000 people in an eruption in 1883, hurled glowing rocks into the sky

THE 1883 ERUPTION OF KRAKATOA

The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa killed more than 36,000 people and radically altered global weather and temperatures for years afterwards.

Official records of the time show that the 1883 eruption, together with the enormous tsunami it generated, destroyed 165 villages and towns, seriously damaging a further 132.

The eruption was so violent and catastrophic that no active volcano in modern times has come close to rivalling it, not even the spectacular eruption of Mount St Helens in the U.S. in 1980.

Its explosive force was 13,000 times the power of the atomic bomb that annihilated Hiroshima in Japan in 1945.

The 1883 eruption was heard thousands of kilometres away, with people reportedly hearing the sound of the eruption 4,800km away near Mauritius and 1,000km away in Perth in Western Australia. 

Krakatoa is pictured erupting in January 2019

Krakatoa is pictured erupting in January 2019

 

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