Anak Krakatoa

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Anak Krakatoa
Krakatoa eruption 2008.jpg
Anak Krakatoa 2008 eruption
Highest point
Elevation288 m (945 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
Prominence110 m (360 ft)
ListingSpesial Ribu
Coordinates6°06′07″S 105°25′23″E / 6.102°S 105.423°E / -6.102; 105.423Coordinates: 6°06′07″S 105°25′23″E / 6.102°S 105.423°E / -6.102; 105.423
Native nameAnak Krakatau  (Indonesian)
Anak Krakatoa is located in Indonesia
Anak Krakatoa
Anak Krakatoa
Age of rockHolocene – very recent
Mountain typeCaldera
Last eruptionApril 2020
First ascent29 December 1927

Anak Krakatoa (English: "Child of Krakatoa") is an island in a caldera in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra in the Indonesian province of Lampung.[1] On December 29, 1927, Anak Krakatoa emerged from the caldera formed in 1883 by the explosive volcanic eruption that destroyed the island of Krakatoa.[2] There has been sporadic eruptive activity at the site since the late 20th century,[3] culminating with a large underwater collapse of the volcano which caused a deadly tsunami in December 2018, followed by subsequent activity in 2019 and an eruption in April 2020. Due to its young age, the island is one of several in the area which are of considerable interest to volcanologists, and the subject of extensive study.


Volcanic activity at Anak Krakatau, 2008
2010: The thick brown plume of ash, steam and volcanic gas rising from Anak Krakatoa in this true-colour satellite image is a common sight at the stratovolcano.

Until its 2018 collapse, Anak Krakatau had grown at 13 cm (5.1 in) per week on average since the 1950s. This equates to an average growth of 6.8 m (22 ft) per year. Its most recent eruptive episode began in 1994. Quiet periods of a few days have alternated with almost continuous Strombolian eruptions since then. Hot gases, rocks, and lava were released in an eruption in April 2008. Scientists monitoring the volcano warned people to stay out of a 3 km (1.9 mi) zone around the island.[4] On 6 May 2009, the Volcanological Survey of Indonesia raised the eruption alert status of Anak Krakatoa to Level III.[5] An expedition to the volcano revealed that a 100 m (330 ft) wide lava dome was growing in its crater.

In January 2012, volcanologists at the University of Oregon warned that a tsunami caused by flank collapse of Anak Krakatoa was likely, as it had formed on a steep slope at an edge of the big caldera formed in 1883.[6] A new eruptive phase was observed from June 2018, and on 15 October 2018, Anak Krakatau had a strong Strombolian to weak Vulcanian eruption that sent lava bombs into the water, with one almost hitting a nearby boat. The eruption was recorded on video.[7]

2018 eruption and aftermath[edit]

Anak Krakatau in 2007

An eruption of the volcano on 22 December 2018 caused a deadly tsunami, with waves up to five meters in height making landfall.[8][9] On 31 December 2018, the disaster agency gave the tsunami's death toll as 437, with 14,059 injured.[10] The tsunami affected more than 186 miles of coastline in Sumatra and Java. More than 420 people died, and 40,000 were displaced.[11] This made the eruption the deadliest volcanic eruption of the 21st century so far. Cone collapse—with tsunami generation—was considered a potential hazard immediately before the eruption.[9] Scientists had modeled the possibility six years before the event, and had identified the western flank as the section of the volcano most likely to fail.[9]

Following the December 2018 eruption, it was believed that the southwest sector of the volcano, including the summit, had collapsed during the eruption, triggering the tsunami. On 23 December, this was confirmed by satellite data and helicopter footage, with the main conduit seen erupting from underwater, producing Surtseyan-style activity.[12] The volcano lost over two-thirds of its volume due to this event,[13] and its elevation above sea level was reduced from 338 m (1,109 ft) to just 110 m (360 ft).[14][9]

Satellite radar observations showed that by 10 January 2019, the volcano had continued to form, with further eruptions beginning to re-model the remnant structure. The crater, which had become open to the sea immediately after the eruption, now had a complete circle of rim above sea level.[15]

Satellite image from 17 April 2020. A strong infrared signal gives evidence of significant heat in the crater.

In May 2019, phreatomagmatic activity was observed around the newly-reconstructed crater as the volcano continued to increase in height and remodel the areas destroyed in 2018.[16]

2020 eruption[edit]

Anak Krakatoa began erupting again on the morning of 10 April 2020. The first eruption could be heard in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, over 150 kilometres (93 mi) away spewing out a 200 metres (660 ft) high column of ash and smoke according to the Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation’s (PVMBG) magma volcanic activity report, which also said that the first eruption lasted one minute and 12 seconds starting at 9:58 p.m.[17] The eruption spewed ash to about 14 kilometres (46,000 ft) and a secondary ash plume made it to about 11 kilometres (36,000 ft). The eruption was largely magmatic with lava fountains visible. No widespread damage was reported, and the eruption ended several hours later.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Krakatoa". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 6 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Gardner, Màiri F.; Troll, Valentin R.; Gamble, John A.; Gertisser, Ralf; Hart, Garret L.; Ellam, Rob M.; Harris, Chris; Wolff, John A. (1 January 2013). "Crustal Differentiation Processes at Krakatau Volcano, Indonesia". Journal of Petrology. 54 (1): 149–182. doi:10.1093/petrology/egs066. ISSN 0022-3530.
  3. ^ Dahren, Börje; Troll, Valentin R.; Andersson, Ulf B.; Chadwick, Jane P.; Gardner, Màiri F.; Jaxybulatov, Kairly; Koulakov, Ivan (1 April 2012). "Magma plumbing beneath Anak Krakatau volcano, Indonesia: evidence for multiple magma storage regions". Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology. 163 (4): 631–651. doi:10.1007/s00410-011-0690-8. ISSN 1432-0967.
  4. ^ "Indonesia's Krakatau roars, dazzles with fireworks". Reuters India. 11 November 2007. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  5. ^ "VSI Alert". Volcanological Survey of Indonesia. Archived from the original on 6 May 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  6. ^ Giachetti, T.; Paris, R.; Kelfoun, K.; Ontowirjo, B. (January 2012). Terry, J. P.; Goff, J. (eds.). "Tsunami Hazard Related to a Flank Collapse of Anak Krakatau Volcano, Sunda Strait, Indonesia". Natural Hazards in the Asia–Pacific Region: Recent Advances and Emerging Concepts. Special Publications. London: Geological Society. 361: 79–90. doi:10.1144/SP361.7. ISSN 0305-8719.
  7. ^ "Tour boat almost lava-bombed by erupting Indonesian volcano in stunning VIDEO". RT. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Indonesia 'Volcano Tsunami': At least 168 Dead and 745 Injured after [Anuk] Krakatoa Erupts". 23 December 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d Anak Krakatau: Indonesian Volcano's Dramatic Collapse"; article; 29 December 2018; Amos, Jonathan; BBC Science Correspondent; BBC News, Science & Environment; accessed September 2019
  10. ^ "Number of injured in Indonesia tsunami surges to over 14,000". The Star Online. Asean Plus. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  11. ^ Anak Krakatau Volcano Triggered Deadly Tsunami; article; Dec. 29, 2018, 4:21 AM EST; Associated Press; accessed September 2019
  12. ^ "22-23 Dec 2018 Eruption & Tsunami of Krakatoa - Updates". Volcano Discovery. 25 December 2018. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  13. ^ Walter, Thomas R.; Haghshenas Haghighi, Mahmud; Schneider, Felix M.; Coppola, Diego; Motagh, Mahdi; Saul, Joachim; Babeyko, Andrey; Dahm, Torsten; Troll, Valentin R.; Tilmann, Frederik; Heimann, Sebastian (1 October 2019). "Complex hazard cascade culminating in the Anak Krakatau sector collapse". Nature Communications. 10 (1): 4339. doi:10.1038/s41467-019-12284-5. ISSN 2041-1723.
  14. ^ Amos, Jonathan (29 December 2018). "Indonesian volcano's lost stature". BBC News. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  15. ^ "Anak Krakatau: Finnish radar satellite eyes tsunami volcano". BBC News. 10 January 2019. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  16. ^ "Krakatau volcano (Indonesia) activity update and field report: increasing unrest". Volcano Discovery.
  17. ^ "Anak Krakatau erupts, loud rumble heard in virus-stricken Greater Jakarta". The Jakarta Post. 11 April 2020. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  18. ^ "Eruption at Indonesian volcano Krakatoa". Newshub. Retrieved 11 April 2020.

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