April 10th Krakatoa Eruption

On Friday, April 10th, 2020, the active volcano Krakatoa erupted off of the coast of Indonesia. The first eruption occurred shortly before 10 pm local time, while the second took place at 10:35pm local time. In Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, rumbling noises were reported around the time of the eruptions. The capital city is over 90 miles (150 km) away from Krakatoa.

According to reports, the first eruption lasted approximately 1 minute and 12 seconds. This eruption blasted smoke and debris over 400 feet into the air.

The second eruption was much longer, lasting for nearly 40 minutes. Smoke, ash, and other debris shot almost half a mile into the sky.

The eruption this past week is estimated to be the largest volcanic activity since December 2018. The 2018 eruption caused a deadly tsunami that killed 400 people.

For comparison, Krakatoa has an explosive force 13 thousand times the force of the bomb that decimated Hiroshima. In 1883, Krakatoa erupted. This was the largest eruption of any volcano on record, beating even Mount St Helens in the United States. The 1883 eruption killed over 35 thousand people. The 1883 eruption also changed global weather patterns for years following.


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