The Newsletter 61 Autumn 2012

The tale of Lampung submerged: A native's reflections of the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Krakatau in 1883


As the history books have recorded, one of the world’s most cataclysmic volcanic outbursts was the 1883 eruption of Mount Krakatau, situated in the Sunda Strait that separates the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java. The eruption nearly wiped out the entire island of Krakatau, but after a number of submarine eruptions starting in 1927 it became clear that a new island was starting to emerge in the original location. Known as Gunung Anak Krakatau (‘The Child of Krakatau’), it is, like its predecessor, an active volcano, which continues to grow consistently.

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