An Indonesian volcano that started a deadly tsunami 16 months ago erupted again, spitting a column of ash up to 15 km into the sky.
Scientists have said that Anak Krakatau, a volcanic island between Java and Sumatra, was in continuous eruption until Saturday morning, making it the longest eruption there since its devastating collapse in 2018.
No casualties were reported, but a level two alert status – the second highest on a scale of four – remained in place.
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CCTV from the Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation showed lava eruptions on Friday evening.
The 2018 eruption caused a tsunami along the coasts of Sumatra and Java, killing 430 people.
Scientists said the explosion was so violent that the volcano was only a quarter of its previous size, which means that any future tsunami would be much less severe.
Nasa volcanologist Dr. Kayla Lacovino tweeted Friday evening: “The Krakatoa volcano is erupting NOW! This explosive eruption produces strong lava fountains and is the strongest eruption since the [2018 event]. “
She added, “This is a big eruption for this volcano, but there is no reason to lose sleep.
Anak Krakatau, which means Child of Krakatau, is the offspring of the famous Krakatau volcano, whose monumental eruption in 1883 triggered a period of global cooling.
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