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1883 In Krakatoa, Indonesia
In the Olden Testament, a man named Noah was instructed to build an ark that would save his family from an enormous flood set to cover the entire face of the earth. Centuries after, who would ever thought that there could be another incident capable of taking away millions of lives.
Even years before 1883 in Krakatoa, Indonesia, tremors encountered in the island were so intense to the point of disturbing the distant region of Australia. Starting in May 20 of 1883, which was roughly three months prior to the last volcanic upsurge, venting steams were regularly seen from the northern point of Perboewatan. Ashes were also ejected at an elevation of twenty thousand feet that were heard as far as Jakarta located one hundred miles away. However, by the end of the month, the natural phenomenon stopped.
The period of 1883 in Krakatoa, Indonesia was very much historical in the island. By June 19, there was again another volcanic upsurge where the seat of explosion was deemed to have formed between Danan and Perboewatan, approximately the area of the present cone of Anak Krakatau. The environmental activity was very strong that tidal waves around the vicinity were very high. In fact, ships docked in the harbors needed tight fastening with chains. On August 11, bigger upsurge started and by August 24, a natural phenomenon with more force was witnessed.
By August 27 of 1883 in Krakatoa, Indonesia, there was a series of final volcanic explosion that occurred at 5:30am, 6:42am, 8:20am and 10:02am. Each of the eruptions led to a series of giant tsunamis with surfs that were as tall as one hundred feet in some places. The most distressed areas were Sundra Strait and Sumatran Coast but the environmental activity was very fierce that it also created a huge blow 3, 500 kilometers away from the island.
In October of 1883 in Krakatoa, Indonesia, explosions still went on but this time 'tamer' compared to the previous months. By February of 1884, there were still some eruptions reported. The aftermath of the environmental activity was said to have washed out the island leaving only half of the south of Rakata that left behind a caldera 250 meters deep. As for the tally of casualties, it was said that out of the three thousand inhabitants of Sebesi, located thirteen kilometers away, not a single being survived. In the district of Ketimbang, one thousand people were accounted to have passed away. Dutch authorities recorded an official death toll of 36, 417 individuals.