Anak Krakatau volcano eruption: FIREBALLS as big as TRUCKS explode in dramatic video

Sunday, September 23, 2018
By Paul Martin

WATCH the dramatic moment massive fireballs explode from Mount Anak Krakatau this weekend as the Indonesian volcano erupted 44 times.

By VICKIIE OLIPHANT
Express.co.uk
Sun, Sep 23, 2018

Mount Anak Krakatau in Lampung, Indonesia, erupted 44 times between Friday night and Saturday afternoon, according to the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

Dramatic images from the volcano, which lies in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra, showed as billowing thick, black smoke spewed some 600 meters from the crater.

Bright red, molten lava gushed from the volcano, spurting massive lava bombs which local media report are as big as trucks.

Shocking footage showed the enormous fireballs bursting from the volcano overnight, sending lava cascading down the mountain’s slopes.

Thunder sounds and weak tremors also occurred as the volcano blew.

According to the Mount Anak Krakatau’s Observation Post, Volcanology Center and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG), the mount activity was accompanied by firelights and incandescent flow to the south.

The volcano has been active sine June but had not caused any disruption – until now.

Mount Anak Krakatau remains at alert level two and no people or tourists are allowed to go near the crater within 2 kilometers.

However, airports in the area have not been closed yet and tourism remains normal.

Anak Krakatau volcano is closely watched because it it considered to be the volcanic child of the infamous Krakatau volcano, which killed more than 35,000 people in 1883.

Krakatau – and Anak Krakatau – form part of an island group in the ocean, which expanded in the earlier 1900’s following major eruptions.

Anak Krakatau was formed when an eruption in December 1927 caused a new island to emerge above the water line in August 1930, producing lava flows faster than the waves could erode them.

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