Krakatoa – East of What???

Krakatoa – East of What???

Krakatoa

Well, the first thing to fix on that movie title from 1969 is the spelling of “Krakatoa”, which should be “Krakatau”.  But more importantly, Krakatau is located between Java and the island of Sumatra, and it is decidedly west of, not east of, Java.  Guess “east” must have sounded more exotic to the Hollywood title creators.  But Krakatau is famous for more than being a movie star.  In August of 1883, in four huge eruptions, the Krakatau volcano which formerly stood about 2,600 feet high, blew itself to smithereens and set enormous tsunamis in motion that along with the eruption, killed an estimated 36,000 people.  The noise was so loud that it burst the eardrums of sailors miles away, and the sound was audible on Diego Garcia island, some 2,000 miles distant.   It may have been the loudest noise generated in human history.  News of the eruption was known far and wide in record time, because recently laid undersea telegraph cables sped up the reporting.  But people got other “news” of the blast as all the material blown high into the atmosphere caused very colorful sunsets worldwide for almost three years following the event.

Political Map of Indonesia

Krakatau

That’s Sumatra on the northwest of the “A” pointer that marks Krakatau, and Java to the east.

Krakatau

Krakatau

Before the big bang

Krakatau in our times – it’s rebuilt itself, rising above the surface of the sea in 1927.  This new island is called Anak Krakatau, or “Child of Krakatau”:

Krakatau

Follow this link if you’re interested in learning more about Krakatau’s eruption.

 

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