After a new Tsunami warnings have increased, the Indonesian authorities on Thursday, the alert level for Anak Krakatau, and the exclusion zone around the volcano from two to five kilometers extended. The residents were also asked, from the coast to stay away. The concern is that the between the Islands of Java and Sumatra description the volcano erupt again and more deadly flood could trigger waves.

the eruption of Anak Krakatau last Saturday was canceled, a part of the crater and into the sea plunged and triggered a devastating Tsunami. The tidal waves met in the South of Sumatra and in West Java in the country. Coastal regions and a number of holiday beaches have been devastated. At least 430 people were killed, nearly 1500 people were injured. 159 people are missing.

risk of further eruptions

Since Wednesday, the volcano emits again thick clouds of ash, while avalanches flowed from hot ash, gases and rocks from the crater. The risk of further eruptions, warned the spokesman of the civil protection Agency, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. The authorities gave the second-highest warning level, all of the flights over the Zone have been diverted. The ash, according to local authorities, although harmless, but the people in the affected areas should wear protective masks and goggles.

About 22,000 people had to be brought in since Saturday in security, many of them waiting in shelters. Their situation was complicated by torrential rain, which caused in some areas for Floods. According to Doctors, it already lack clean water and, increasingly, drugs.

Pacific ring of fire Why is Indonesia so often Tsunamis hit

Indonesia is located in a geologically active Zone of the earth. Where tectonic plates collide, a massive geophysical forces. As a result, it comes in Indonesia to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and landslides, which could trigger Tsunamis. In Indonesia, there are about 130 active volcanoes, more than in any other country in the world.

“child of Krakatau”

The volcano Anak Krakatau in the Sundastraße, about 80 kilometers West of the capital, Jakarta, has been active for many years, partly he shakes several Thousand Times per day. Again and again, authorities are warning of a renewed outbreak. Approximately five meters of the volcano per year is growing. In the meantime, he is about 400 meters high.

The Anak Krakatau is located in the same place as the Krakatoa, which exploded in a tremendous eruption in August, 1883, and was completely destroyed. Also, the former Eruption trigger a Tsunami, more than 36,000 people were killed. Over the years, formed at the junction between the Indonesian Islands of Sumatra and Java, Anak Krakatau – the “child of Krakatau”.


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