Eruption of Krakatoa, 1883

Eruption of Krakatoa, 1883

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Caption: Eruption of Krakatoa, 19th-century artwork. Krakatoa is a volcanic island in the Sunda Strait between the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java. A period of volcanic activity began on 20 May 1883, and continued until late August. At 10am local time on 27 August 1883, a massive volcanic eruption tore the island apart. The shock wave was detected all over the globe. The ensuing tsunamis killed tens of thousands. Rocks were thrown over 50 kilometres into the air, and ash fell on ships hundreds of kilometres away. Artwork from the 13th volume (first period of 1894) of the French popular science weekly 'La Science Illustree'.

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