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Krakatoa Awakens, an update

Krakatoa Awakens, an update

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Sunday, October 28, 2018/Categories: natural history, photography, environment, adventure , Archive Pick of the Week

                                            Krakatoa Ash Plume, 9-22-2018 (ESA’s Sentinel-2)

The Indonesian super-volcano Krakatoa has begun belching plumes of ash once again. They have been photographed from space by NASA and the European Space Agency. Krakatau was that infamous volcano that erupted with deadly force in 1883 causing widespread destruction and deaths in the region. The volcano sits on a "hot spot" in the Earth's crust along the Asian section of the Ring of Fire where volcanoes are common. 

 

                                          Krakatoa Ash Pllume, 9-24-2018 (credit: NASA Aqua program)

NASA's Earth-monitoring program, Aqua, captured an additional image as it passed over the Sunda Straits between Java and Sumatra where the volcano is located. Plumes of ash are seen rising over 6,000 feet above the volcano. When Krakatoa erupted in 1883, the ash was carried into the upper atmosphere and created intense sunsets as far away as northern Europe. The skies may have been the catalyst for Edvard Munch's to create his famous painting, The Scream, which depicted a firely sky behind a haunting figure.

A update is now required after the initial report of Krakatoa awakening. According to Volcano Discovery, a particularly violent explosion has occurred with a lateral blast that excavated a pit beneath the southern lip of the crater. This new eruption created this second pit which has now merged with the main crater, enlarging it. The expedition captured video of the new eruption.

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