09 Jun 2023, 17:12

Indonesia's Anak Krakatoa volcano erupts, spews huge ash column

JAKARTA, June 9, 2023 (BSS/AFP) - Indonesia's Anak Krakatoa volcano erupted 
on Friday, belching a column of ash more than three kilometres into the sky, 
officials said.

The volcanic island emerged from the sea at the beginning of the last century 
from the crater formed after the 1883 eruption of Mount Krakatoa -- one of 
the deadliest and most destructive in history.

Anak Krakatoa, which means "Child of Krakatoa", spewed thick ash over the 
strait that separates the islands of Java and Sumatra.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties after the eruption at 
08:46 am (0146 GMT).

"The height of the eruption column was observed to be 3,000 metres (nearly 
10,000 feet) above the summit," Deny Mardiono, an official from the Krakatoa 
monitoring station, said in a press release.

"The ash column was observed to be grey to black with thick intensity to the 
He warned the public not to carry out activities within a five-kilometre 
(three-mile) radius of the volcano's crater.

Anak Krakatoa's status was at the second-highest warning level after 
authorities raised it in 2022 following a sharp rise in volcanic activity. 

Its crater partly collapsed in 2018 when a major eruption sent huge chunks 
sliding into the ocean, triggering a tsunami that killed more than 400 people 
and injured thousands.

Indonesia, a Southeast Asian archipelago nation, sits on the Pacific Ring of 
Fire, where the meeting of continental plates causes high volcanic and 
seismic activity.

The country has nearly 130 active volcanoes. 



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