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The Horror of the Krakatau is back

The Eruption of 27. In August 1883 generated a scary loud Bang. Yet in 5000 miles distance the Thunder was heard, as the legendary Krakatau volcano flew into the air and Ruin brought on the people. The outbreak, however, was neither the beginning nor the end of a very explosive story, as Indonesia learned in the night of Sunday suffering. The Horror of the Krakatau is back again nature have ripped forces many people to death.

From the ashes of the old exploded volcano had already been born a new one, they called him "Anak Krakatau" child of Krakatau. This young man, in the course of the 20th century. Century, grew up in the Strait between the Islands of Sumatra and Java gradually, emulating the father and proves his destructive power.

in order To 21.03 at the Anak Krakatau erupted on Saturday, 24 minutes later, a flood hit the shaft on the beaches, the control of the inhabitants of the metropolis of Jakarta as a destination for excursions on the weekend. How clueless they were, shows a Video of a rock concert by the local Band "Seventeen" at the Western tip of Java. You can see how the musicians bounce around with their guitars across the stage, there is good mood under the tent on the beach, the drummer thrashes at his drums, the fog machine blows smoke in the air. Then the water comes.

The flood is coming from the rear of the stage, she flushes away first, the musicians and instruments, and rushes through the ranks of the guests, who begin to run for their lives. Then the Video stops. The Bassist and the Manager did not survive the night, as the leader of the band, wrote Sunday on Instagram. Also a lot of other people on the beaches were not save.

On Sunday afternoon, 222 Deaths were confirmed, hundreds of injured were taken to hospitals, the Indonesian television showed images of devastated houses and piles of Rubble along the coast, the authorities are expected to pay a further increase in the victim.

Video: Tsunami in Indonesia The Tsunami has resulted in more than 220 lives and left a trail of havoc left.

"This kind of disaster is difficult to predict," says Tsunami expert Jörn Lauterjung by the German Geoforschungszentrum in Potsdam on the phone. "With a very high probability this flood was triggered wave by slumped flanks of the volcano, or landslides under the surface of the sea."

An earthquake was not so this time, the cause. "From the records of the last hundred years, we know that Tsunamis outbreaks as a result of the volcano, only about five percent of the cases, 90 percent are triggered by earthquakes." Since the disaster of 2004, when a huge tidal wave in the Indian ocean killed more than 230'000 people, has installed an early warning system for Tsunamis, which are triggered by earthquakes. But you don't strike during volcanic eruptions.

An Alarm this time there were no so, according to Jung, is also a doubt whether such would have been useless in the current case. "You'd have to attach Sensors on the sea floor, at short distances from the volcano to the coast you would have had but just a heads-up of a very few minutes, if at all. And to install anything anywhere, it costs a lot of money."

Wallpapers. Tsunami in Indonesia

Saturday was a full moon, so the tide was already particularly strong. This was probably at the height of the tsunami, such as civil guards Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. Nevertheless, the wave was much smaller than those in October, which devastated the village of Palu on the East of the island of Sulawesi. On Saturday evening, the height of which was in Java about a Meter. But that was enough to kill a large number of people on the beaches and in riverine dwellings are all very vulnerable, if there is no warning. "This country is hitting it especially hard," says Lauterjung.

Alone, the disasters this year: the earthquake of Lombok in the summer, the Tsunami on Sulawesi and now, the outbreak of the son of Krakatau. And yet all this is far removed from the devastation, the father volcano in 1883 brought about the people. 64 miles away the captain of the British ship Norham Castle was quoted at the time: "no matter how violent the explosions are that of my half of the Crew burst the drum of the fields." The outbreak triggered a massive tsunami, it is believed that more than 36'died 000 people. The captain wrote in the logbook: "I am convinced that the day of judgment is come."

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 23.12.2018, 15:15 PM

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