Disasters & Accidents

Krakatoa volcano continues to spew ash for 2nd day

Jakarta, Mar 29 (EFE).- The Indonesian volcano Anak Krakatoa, which in December 2018 caused a tsunami that left 439 dead, continued to spew ash Wednesday, for the second consecutive day, with a column of smoke and ash of up to 600 meters tall.

The Center for Volcanology and Geological Risk Mitigation said on its website that the volcano is at Level 3 activity (out of a maximum of four) and advised residents and visitors not to approach the crater within a radius of 5 kilometers.

Anak Krakatoa erupted three times Tuesday, sending clouds of smoke and ash up to 2,500 meters high.

On Dec. 22, 2018, a strong nocturnal eruption of the volcano caused a partial collapse in the cone of the mountain, following a tsunami that surprised hundreds of people spending the Christmas holidays on the coasts of Java and Sumatra. .

At least 439 people died and more than 14,000 were injured, according to official figures.

Discovered in 1927, the Anak Krakatoa emerged from the waters more than half a century after the great eruption of the legendary Krakatau, whose caldera was demolished in 1883 after a series of massive explosions that cost the lives of more than of 36,000 people and whose effects were felt worldwide for months.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of great seismic and volcanic activity that is shaken each year by some 7,000 tremors, most of them moderate.

On Mar. 11, another volcano, Merapi, located on the Indonesian island of Java, erupted and expelled a river of lava, clouds of smoke and ash, which led to an alert and the evacuation of people in the area. . EFE


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