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Indonesia: The Anak Krakatoa volcano erupts and emits a huge cloud of ash

2023-03-28T13:31:07.156Z


The Anak Krakatoa volcano, located in western Indonesia, erupted several times on Tuesday, throwing a gigantic plume of ash...


The Anak Krakatoa volcano, located in western Indonesia, erupted several times on Tuesday, throwing a gigantic plume of volcanic ash up to some 2,500 meters above sea level.

Four eruptions were observed, officials counted, with the second largest throwing a cloud of ash and smoke about 1,500 meters above the crater.

"

This is part of an eruptive phase associated with the formation of a new edifice for the volcano

," Oktory Prambada, head of the Center for Volcanology and Geological Risk Reduction, told AFP.

In 2018, the crater of Anak Krakatoa ("

child of Krakatoa

" in Indonesian) partially collapsed when a violent eruption threw huge pieces of the volcano towards the ocean, causing a deadly tsunami.

More than 400 people had lost their lives and hundreds of injuries had been recorded.

No damage reported

No injuries or damage were immediately reported on Tuesday.

Prambada said the volcano's alert level was kept at the second-highest level, with authorities imposing a five-kilometre exclusion zone around the crater.

Anak Krakatoa, which lies at a strait separating the islands of Java and Sumatra, has seen sporadic activity since it emerged from the sea in the early 20th century, in the caldera formed after the eruption murderous Mount Krakatoa in 1883, responsible for the death of some 35,000 people according to estimates.

Indonesia is located on the

Pacific “

Ring of Fire ” where the meeting of continental plates causes high seismic and volcanic activity.

The country has nearly 130 active volcanoes.

Source: lefigaro

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