Indonesia eruption 2018: Is Krakatau still erupting? Latest tsunami update – 373 dead

Monday, December 24, 2018
By Paul Martin

RESIDENTS living near Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau have been warned to stay vigilant over fears the volcano could cause another tsunami – but is it still erupting now?

Mon, Dec 24, 2018

At least 373 people were killed and 1,400 injured on Java and Sumatra islands after 10ft waves smashed ashore on Saturday, according to the latest figures. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency, said: “459 people are injured, while 128 remain missing.” The deaths occurred after huge waves crashed ashore along the Sunda Strait between the two Indonesian islands without warning. Scientists believe a large chunk of the southern flank of the Anak Krakau volcano slid into the ocean as a result of its eruptions, triggering the tsunami.

Anak Krakatu is still erupting, according to MAGMA Indonesia website.

The volcanic activity summary states: “Continuing eruption and ash emission. Ash cloud not visible due to bad weather condition.”

Anak Krakatau is regularly referred to as “child of Krakatau”.

The volcanic island was created by a caldera forming in 1883 when Krakatoa went through one of its most violent volcanic eruptions in history.

Massive pyroclastic flows and tsunamis killed about 40,000 people, with eruptions heard as far away as Perth, Australia.

Anak Krakatau sits on the notorious Pacific “Ring of Fire”, home to 90 percent of earthquakes and 75 percent of volcanoes.

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