Updated: 1/14/2019 3:28:49 AM
The crater area has closed to become a lake which showed steaming (no explosions have been recorded since yesterday, as the activity has continued to calm down, perhaps only temporarily). The forest on the island is completely destroyed by ash fall and surges, but still visible.
Updated: 1/8/2019 3:39:53 AM
Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency has found new cracks at the Anak Krakatau volcano in Sunda Strait, which has the potential to culminate in landslides when strong tremors occur during an eruption, said an agency official.
The volcano's eruption on December 22 triggered underwater landslides that resulted in a tsunami, killing over 400 people along the coast of the strait.
Updated: 1/7/2019 3:00:13 AM
Fears of another tsunami in Indonesia are still high, as the Anak Krakatau volcano continues to erupt almost daily. Thousands of people remain in evacuation camps after losing their homes when the giant waves struck. And the tourism industry has taken a big hit, with most people now too scared to visit the coast.
Updated: 1/5/2019 10:25:28 AM
According to Dr. Dwikorita Karnawati, head of the Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), two cracks appeared after the volcano's height dropped from 338 m to 110 m following its eruptions at the end of December 2018. "From the latest we have seen from the air, the mountain is sloping and smoke is rising from beneath the sea water. And on the body of the mountain, we can see from the surface, there are cracks that continue to emit smoke," she said. "The cracks are certainly deep", unlike normal gaps, she added.
"What we are worried about is that if there is another eruption, the cracks might connect and weaken the slope, causing part of the mountain to collapse again," Dwikorita said. "Of course the hope is that it will not be like what happened on December 22, but we ask the public to be vigilant when they are in the 500 m zone around the coast."
The part of the volcano that could collapse currently has a volume of about 60 million m3 - smaller than the 90 million m3 of slope that slid into the Sunda Strait on December 22, displacing massive amounts of water that sent waves up to 5 m high crashing into densely populated areas on Sumatra and Java islands. Nevertheless, this is quite sufficient for another very dangerous tsunami. Plus, the island is still growing.
Alert Level for Anak Krakatau remains at 3 of 4. Residents and tourists are not allowed to approach within 5 km of the crater.
Updated: 1/5/2019 3:37:32 AM
The volcano continues to erupt and generate large ash and steam plumes that rise to up to 15 km altitude. This indicates that the very explosive water-magma interaction continues, although recent satellite images show that the crater bay has almost filled with new deposits. If activity continues, it can be expected that soon the sea water will be cut off from the vent. At that point, activity can be expected to change towards purely magma-driven (with no or less water involved), in the form of lava fountains, strombolian explosions and possibly lava flows.
Published Thursday, January 3, 2019
Volcano Anak Krakatoa is continuing to explosively erupt in new year.
After the violent eruption and crater slope elapse produced tsunami just 10 days ago, killing 431 people and injuring 7200, Krakatoa volcano continue to erupt.
"Anak Krakatoa erupted again several times today on 3/1/2019. At 10.17 GMT high eruption about 2,000 meters, at 12.03 BST 1,600 meters high, at 16.30 GMT around 1,500 metres high. The standby status (level 3). In a radius of 5 km there can be no community activity." wrote Mr. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho today on his Twitter profile.
"During the 12.00-18.00 GMT occurred 16 times 5 times eruptions blowing. Smoke sedanv with high pressurized craters 300-2,000 meters from the summit crater." he said
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