Krakatau biggest bang – One of the most destructive volcanic events in recorded history in Anak Krakatau

The eruption of volcano began on the afternoon of Sunday, 26 August 1883 and peaked on the late morning of Monday, 27 August 1883, when over 70% of the island of Krakatau and its surrounding archipelago were destroyed as it collapsed.

The most violent volcanic event in recorded history with an estimated Volcanic Explosivity Index about 13,000 times the nuclear yield of the bomb in Hiroshima. The explosions were so violent that they were heard in Australia, and Mauritius.

At least 36,417 people died, and many more thousands were injured, mostly from the tsunamis that followed the explosion. According to the official records of the Dutch East Indies colony, 165 villages and towns were destroyed near Krakatoa, and 132 were seriously damaged.

Coral block thown onto the shore of Jawa after the Krakatau eruption of 1883 / Image source

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