In the year 1883, on a volcanic island in the Sunda strait a series of the most extreme volcanic activity ever felt was experienced by Krakatoa.
The ash from the volcanic activity was sent over fifty miles up into the atmosphere and the explosions were heard over two thousand miles away.
On that single day over thirty-six thousand people lost their lives as the islands nearby, Java and Sumatra was swept by giant tsunamis that were caused by the volcano's eruption.
The volcano emitted much material that when it was done the original island was nearly gone. It had in effect fallen in on itself.
Krakatau located in Sunda Strait, between Java and Sumatera Island, had been well known and recorded in the history since the 16th century.
At that times Sunda strait became a heavy business traffic line from Europe) to East India.
A ship, anchored miles away in Teluk Port was thrown nearly 2 kilometers and washed ashore in a river. Ash and rock hailed over some three HUNDRED thousand square miles of land and sea.
Nearby island became entirely black as the ash covered the sun and skies
The volcano's explosions were heard in the Philippines, Alice Springs, and as far away as Madagascar and Australia.
The estimated power of this explosion was compared to a 21 thousand pound atom bomb.
On that day Krakatoa effectively died.
Since the death of Krakatau, smaller eruptions have been occurring and the ocean floor has risen to give birth to a new island north of the ruined remnants of Krakatoa.
Today, there exists a small island of about two kilometers in diameter and about 150 meters above sea level.
It has been named Anak Krakatua or... son of Krakatoa.
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