Krakatoa Volcano Has Just Erupted

The infamous volcano Krakatoa erupted Friday, spewing a large plume of ash 9 miles into the air.

At approximately 11 p.m. local time, the volcano’s loud eruption was reportedly heard by Indonesians in the country’s capital, Jakarta, more than 90 miles away. Images taken from a webcam near the area show lava flowing from the volcano.

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The strong eruption is believed to be the most forceful since December 2018, when it produced a deadly tsunami that killed over 400 people on the coasts of southeastern Sumatra and western Java.

In 1883, the volcano erupted with a massive explosion that was 10,000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The eruption killed approximately 36,000 people, destroyed hundreds of villages, and ash traveled as far as Europe. Later studies show that eruption likely lowered global temperatures for years

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