JAKARTA, March 28, 2023 (BSS/AFP) - The offspring of Indonesia's infamous
Krakatoa volcano erupted several times on Tuesday, sending a huge volcanic
ash tower some 2,500 metres (8,200 feet) into the sky.
Mount Anak Krakatoa, which means Child of Krakatoa, erupted four times,
officials said, with the biggest followed by another that sent a column of
smoke and ash 1,500 metres above its crater.
"This is part of an eruption phase associated with the formation of a new
body for the volcano," Oktory Prambada, an official at the Centre of
Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, told AFP.
In 2018, its crater partly collapsed when a major eruption sent huge chunks
of the volcano sliding into the ocean, triggering a tsunami that killed more
than 400 people and injured thousands.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage on Tuesday.
Prambada said the volcano's alert status remained at the second-highest level
after the series of eruptions, with authorities imposing an exclusion zone of
five kilometres (3.1 miles) around the crater.
Anak Krakatoa, which sits in a strait that separates the islands of Java and
Sumatra, has been sporadically active since it emerged from the sea at the
beginning of last century in the caldera formed after the 1883 eruption of
That disaster was one of the deadliest and most destructive in history with
an estimated 35,000 people killed.
Indonesia, a Southeast Asian archipelago nation, sits on the Pacific Ring of
Fire, where the meeting of continental plates causes high volcanic and
The country has nearly 130 active volcanoes.