Spectacular Eruption at Krakatoa Volcano, 2 Months Before It Triggers Devastating Tsunami

Krakatoa volcano explodes in a spectacular large eruption with a small lateral blast on 17 October 2018. The place shown in this video no longer exists. On 22 December 2018, the summit cone of Anak Krakatau island, seen here erupting, collapsed into the sea in a massive landslide, triggering a devastating tsunami that killed hundreds of people.

Video was taken during a VolcanoDiscovery expedition to Krakatau from 13-20 October 2018. In the afternoon of 17 October 2018, a particularly violent explosion occurred as lateral blast that excavated a pit crater beneath the southern lid of the crater, at the same location the September lava flow had overspilled from the crater. By 19 October 2018, this new pit had merged with the main crater, enlarging it.

Anak Krakatoa is an island in a caldera in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra in the Indonesian province of Lampung. On December 29, 1927, Anak Krakatoa emerged from the caldera formed in 1883 by the explosive volcanic eruption that destroyed the island of Krakatoa. (Wikipedia)

The tsunami unleashed by the eruption of Indonesia’s Anak Krakatoa volcano on December 22 last year towered at least 100 metres high and possibly even reached a height of 150 metres. More than 400 people on surrounding islands were killed by the tsunami, which was triggered by the volcanic eruption and the collapse of a section of the crater wall. Debris from the collapsing volcano – which stood 338 metres tall before the eruption but was just 110 metres tall by the time the volcanic activity subsided – displaced water that initially rose between 100 and 150 metres above the surface of the ocean. (South China Morning Post)

Source: VolcanoDiscovery

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