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Krakatau volcano (Sunda Strait, Indonesia) activity update: Large portion of Anak Krakatau appears to have collapsed- apparent major eruption continues

Sun, 23 Dec 2018, 15:12
15:12 PM | BY: MJFLEGEND
Screen grab of the YouTube video linked above.
Screen grab of the YouTube video linked above.
Satellite image showing what appears to be a major collapse- via Twitter/Maarten Van Daele.
Satellite image showing what appears to be a major collapse- via Twitter/Maarten Van Daele.
News continues to develop in the aftermath of the tragic disaster.

Videos (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQmeJdIBTsQ https://twitter.com/hudasafiro/status/1076805858518982657) have surfaced that seem to show that at least part of the cone of Anak Krakatau has collapsed.

A violent Surtseyan eruption can be seen, which could certainly be powerful enough to generate the ash plume to 55,000ft that continues to emanate from the volcano according to the Darwin VAAC.

There is still a lack of clarity surrounding the situation, however the fact that a high ash plume has been observed for many hours suggests the eruption could reach VEI 4, with a possibility that it already has.

At this time this can only be speculated it must be noted.

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Krakatau volcano
Caldera 813 m (2,667 ft.) / Anak Krakatau: 189 m
Sunda Strait, Indonesia, -6.1°S / 105.42°E
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5) Krakatau volcano eruptions:
1530, 1680-81, 1684, 1883 (Plinian eruption), 1927-30, 1931-32, 1932-34, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938-40, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1946-47, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1958-59, 1959-63, 1965(?), 1969(?), 1972-73, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1988, 1992-93, 1994-95, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2007-8, April 2009-early 2010, Oct 2010 - March 2011, July-Oct 2011, Jan-May + Sep 2012, 2015(?), 2017, 2018 (22 Dec eruption & tsunami), 2019-ongoing
Typical eruption style
Explosive. Construction of a cinder cone  island (Anak Krakatau) inside the caldera formed by the 1883 eruption. Frequent strombolian activity.

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