The Indonesian volcano that triggered a devastating tsunami last Saturday that killed over 400 people has been in a near-constant state of eruption today, as authorities urged residents to stay away from the shore for fear of another deadly wave.
Anak Krakatau was emitting columns of ash that reached more than a mile upwards, causing all flights around the volcano to be rerouted.
Indonesia’s disaster management agency (BNPB) has imposed a three-mile exclusion zone and raised the alert level from two to three because of the heightened volcanic activity – which amounts to almost one eruption per minute.
Mount Anak Krakatau volcano spews hot ash as seen from Sunda Strait, Lampung Province, sudut cerita Indonesia, 28 December 2018.The volcano was erupting almost once a minute today, renewing fears that it could trigger another deadly tsunami
The eruptions, as well as rainy weather, high seas, poor visibility from the clouds of ash, have all hampered efforts to assess the likelihood of another tsunami.
The conditions have also made it harder for rescuers to reach the worst-hit areas.
Earlier, radar data from satellites, converted into images, showed that ‘s Anak Krakatau island volcano is dramatically smaller following a weekend eruption that triggered a deadly tsunami.
Satellite images revealed on Friday show the Anak Krakatau volcano has shrunk significantly since the series of eruptions
Anak Krakatau erupted on Satrurday last week, causing a tsunami after undersea landslides occurred due to volcanic activity
Satellite photos aren’t available because of cloud cover but radar images from a Aerospace Exploration Agency satellite taken before and after the eruption show the volcano’s southwestern flank has disappeared.
Dave Petley, head of research and innovation at Sheffield University who analyzed similar images from a European Space Agency satellite, said they support the theory that a landslide, most of it undersea, caused the tsunami on Saturday evening.
Indonesian authorities said on Friday more than 7,202 were injured in the disaster, an increase of 5,707, as they trimmed the official death toll to 426 – down from 430.
Previously, the number of displaced – including many left homeless – stood at 22,0000 but that figure has now jumped to just over 40,000, according to the latest tally.Some 7,202 people suffered injuries, jumping from 1,495.
Anak (child) Krakatoa volcano erupting, as seen from a ship on the Sunda Straits.Authorities raised the alert level for the erupting volcano to the second-highest
‘The challenge now is to interpret what might be happening on the volcano, and what might happen next,’ he wrote in a blog.
Indonesian authorities are warning people to stay away a kilometer (less than a mile) from the Sunda Strait coastline because of the risk of another tsunami.
JAXA’s post-eruption image shows concentric waves radiating from the island, which experts say is caused by ongoing eruptions.
Anak Krakatau, which means child of Krakatau, is the offspring of the infamous Krakatau volcano that affected global climate with a massive eruption in 1883.
Anak Krakatau first rose above sea level in 1929, according to Indonesia’s volcanology agency, and has been increasing its land mass since then.