Krakatoa volcano (Indonesia): violent eruption, ash to 47,000 ft altitude

Fri, 10 Apr 2020, 21:45
21:45 PM | BY: T
Lava fountains from Anak Krakatau this evening (image: MAGMA Indonesia webcam)
Lava fountains from Anak Krakatau this evening (image: MAGMA Indonesia webcam)
Lava fountains seen from the observatory near Carita (image: MAGMA Indonesia)
Lava fountains seen from the observatory near Carita (image: MAGMA Indonesia)
A large magmatic eruption is taking place at the volcano right now. Based on satellite imagery, VAAC Darwin spotted a high-level ash and SO2 plume reaching 47,000 ft (15 km) altitude moving WNW.
A strong thermal hot spot is detected as well. Both the webcam on Anak Krakatau Island and from the coast (in 40 km distance) show strong lava fountaining from the volcano.
This seems to be the strongest eruptive phase since the violent phreatomagmatic activity following the partial collapse of the volcano on 22 Dec 2018, which had triggered a deadly tsunami that killed hundreds of people on Java's west coast.
Video and chronology of the eruption:


The eruption produced a significant SO2 plume that can be seen on satellite data:

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