Everyone: "April has to be better, right?" Krakatoa: "Hold my beer"

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Everyone: "April has to be better, right?" Krakatoa: "Hold my beer"

Post by Roofus » Sat Apr 11, 2020 3:07 pm

The world-famous Krakatoa volcano, Anak Krakatau, has erupted in Indonesia, with a fountain of lava and a huge plume of smoke and ash.

There are reports of a "large magmatic eruption" happening right now at the volcano island.

Satellite imagery shows ash several kilometres into the air and a plume as high as 15km.

The webcam on Anak Krakatau Island shows lava erupting from the volcano.

"This seems to be the strongest eruptive phase since the violent phreatomagmatic activity following the partial collapse of the volcano on 22 Dec 2018, which had triggered a deadly tsunami that killed hundreds of people on Java's west coast," reported volcanodiscovery.com.

After that eruption, scientists said the volcano island was reduced to about a quarter of its pre-eruption size.

AP reported at the time that Anak Krakatau had a volume of 40-70 million cubic metres (1.4 billion-2.4 billion cubic feet) and lost 150-180 million cubic metres (5.2 billion-6.3 billion cubic feet) of volume since the 2018 eruption and tsunami, according to Indonesia's Centre for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation.

The analysis showed the scale of the island's collapse, shedding light on the power of the tsunami that crashed into more than 300km of coastline in Sumatra and Java. More than 420 people died in the waves that were two metres (6.6 feet) or higher and 40,000 were displaced.

The centre said that the crater peak was 110 metres (360 feet) high after the 2018 eruption, compared with 338 metres (1,108 feet) two months previously.

Experts initially relied on satellite radar images to work out what happened to the volcano because cloud cover, continuing eruptions and high seas hampered inspections.

At the time, authorities warned residents to stay a kilometre away from the coastline of the Sunda Strait, which separates Java and Sumatra, because of the risk of another tsunami.

Experts at the time said another potential tsunami triggered by the volcano collapsing again would be less severe due to its reduced mass.

Anak Krakatau, which means Child of Kratakau, is the offspring of the infamous Krakatau volcano whose monumental eruption in 1883 triggered a period of global cooling.

Source: NZ Herald

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Re: Everyone: "April has to be better, right?" Krakatoa: "Hold my beer"

Post by Calavera » Sat Apr 11, 2020 5:54 pm

Thats odd, just a couple of days ago there was as story about Krakatoa and "the sound heard around the world" on the firefox main page.

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