Nov 09

Eruption of Anak Krakatau in Indonesia on 08/11/2007Volcanoes are a fascinating species. They are usually huge and quiet and suddenly can become very grumpy. That’s when they start to spit out smoke and ashes. But when they really are in a bad mood – all hell can break lose.

There were plenty of Volcano warnings recently in Indonesia, with Mount Kelut on Java getting the most media attention. He is in a densely populated area and the latest breakout was only as recent as 1990. Over the years Mount Kelut has claimed more than 15.000 lifes. Just yesterday when the Volcano Alert Status for Mount Kelut was downgraded from ‘breaking out any time’ to ‘breakout likely’; another Volcano spoke out once again with a big roar:

The Child of Krakatoa

Welcome to Pulau Anak Krakatau!‘Anak Krakatau’ or the Child of Krakatoa are the remains of one of the most powerful eruption earth has experienced in its recent times. It’s located between the huge Indonesian Islands of Sumatra and Java in the Sunda Strait, sitting right on the so-called ‘Ring of Fire‘.

The eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 was so powerful, that it was felt almost around the world. About 36.000 people were killed by pyroclastic flows, hot volcanic ashes – which can form a kind of cement in your lungs when inhaled – and huge resulting Tsunamis.

Two thirds of the island of Krakatoa were destroyed or blown into oblivion; leaving only an empty Caldera, which was soon filled with water of the surrounding ocean of the Sunda Strait. Further eruptions at the volcano since 1927 have built a new island in the same location, called Anak Krakatau (child of Krakatoa).Google Earth Map of Krakatoa, Pulau Krakatau

Are you up for a rough hike?

So far Krakatoa’s Child was quiet, you could even go there and climb the remains of the Volcano; as I did in 11/2005 with Tobias, a good friend of mine.

Can you imagine 2 Caucasians climbing a Volcano on a bright, cloudless day at 1pm during temperatures of about 35 degrees Celsius? Our local guide really was speechless about those 2 ‘bule gila’ (crazy foreigners), but he didn’t mind earning his fees, so off we went.

Up for hiking the Child of Krakatoa?As expected it was a tough hike. The whole mountain was only about 900 meters high at that time, but the steep climb and the merciless heat were a real show stopper.

Thus it came that our guide and me rested at the ‘Base Camp’ at about half of the climb, while Tobias made it all the way to the top. Here even breathing was very difficult, as sulphuric and other acidic gases were expelled all the time.

Recent eruption

It seems that over the last few months minor eruptions have even formed a new island in the middle of the old Caldera of Krakatoa. Since yesterday the mountain seems to be erupted once again.

I saw the first reports yesterday on NowPublic, later on Fox News online (from where I borrowed the above picture), but CNN Asia had a short report on TV this morning as well.

Let’s see, if further pictures or even Videos of the latest eruption emerge soon…

*** Update ***

Anak Krakatau Eruption November 2007, picture by Bali Pos NewspaperThe ‘Bali Pos’ (local newspaper in Bali, written in Bahasa Indonesia) had today an article about the ongoing eruption, including a recent picture on their front page. They were talking about 800 meter high ash clouds and heavy lava flows as well.

The same picture can be found on the website of ‘Bali Post‘, but I can’t say for sure, if the two are related, as the layout of the site is completely different to the print edition and the spelling (POST with or without ‘T”) is different.

To the right is the recent eruption picture they published on the site. ->

Even though the image quality isn’t that great, the eruption certainly looks impressive, doesn’t it? ;-)

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6 Responses to “Krakatao Volcano erupts once again!”

  1. VirginiaNo Gravatar REPUBLIC OF KOREA Says:

    Hey there Chris,

    I’ve read your blog a few times and love the nomadic idea (which is what I am working towards at the moment — still a few years to go, but it’s coming…). I got your link from a comment you left on mine.

    I’ll be reading it a lot more, since I’m planning a short (one month) visit to Bali/Lombok in January 2008. I’ll be on Gili Trawangan for about 10 days, then not sure where after. Any suggestoins?

    Keep it up.. thanks.


  2. ChrisNo Gravatar INDONESIA Says:

    Congrats on your decision to move and travel around more, Virginia!

    About Lombok I can’t tell much yet, as I still have to visit the island (on top of my list for the last 6 months already – ohhhhhhhh!) ;-)

    In Bali there are plenty of interesting things to see and do. My favorites are the Hot Springs in Lovina, the Volcano Lakes in the North East, Trekking and Mountain Climbing, even Water Rafting and the many temples (Tanah Lot, Mengwi to name just a 2 spectacular ones). You can do wreck-diving in Tulamben, visit local ceremonies or hang-out with the artist crowds in Ubud. Oh yes – don’t forget to try out all the delicious food choices like Nasi Goreng, Tempe, Tahu, Gado Gado, Padang, Rendang, Ayam Goreng, Bebek or Babi Guling. And a glass of Arak or 2.

    Any specific preferences? Let me know and I’ll see how I can help you. Have a good trip!

  3. VirginiaNo Gravatar REPUBLIC OF KOREA Says:


  4. dodong floresNo Gravatar PHILIPPINES Says:

    Your climb is one good and interesting experience. But the spewing of lava and fire is horrible to every inch of my imagination…

  5. Reni SanurNo Gravatar INDONESIA Says:

    Wow very…very nice :D and fast, but you have to see my comment form in my blog, i can make my own theme now, (still working)


  6. camillaNo Gravatar SINGAPORE Says:

    hey chris so good to see krakatoa hope,good post cheers camilla

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