Latest Krakatoa Stories

2008-07-04 21:00:16

Geological experts in Indonesia Friday issued an alert, advising tourists not to climb Mount Anak Krakatau because it's spewing red-hot rocks and toxic fumes. The warning issued by the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in Bandung was the highest level alert possible, ANTARA reported. We are still strongly advising tourists not to climb Mount Anak Krakatau, the official Indonesian news agency quoted the head of the center...

2008-02-25 16:11:08

Each Monday, this column turns a page in history to explore the discoveries, events and people that continue to affect the history being made today. The world map might look differently had the Greek volcano Thera not erupted 3,500 years ago in what geologists believe was the single-most powerful explosive event ever witnessed. Thera didn't just blow a massive hole into the island of Santorini - it set the entire ancient Mediterranean onto a different course, like a train...

2007-11-28 18:05:00

LONDON - The vivid sunsets painted by J.M.W. Turner are revered for their use of color and light and for their influence on the Impressionists. But could they also help global warming experts track climate change? A group of scientists has studied the colors in more than 500 paintings of sunsets, including many of Turner's 19th-century watercolors and oils, in hopes of gaining insights into the cooling effects caused by major volcanic eruptions. By better understanding past changes in...

2006-02-08 13:00:00

By Patricia Reaney LONDON -- Sea levels would have risen higher and ocean temperatures would have been warmer in the 20th century if the Krakatoa volcano in Indonesia had not erupted in 1883, scientists said on Wednesday. The impact of the eruption that spewed molten rock and sulfate aerosols into the atmosphere was felt for decades -- much longer than previously thought. "It appears as though with a very large eruption the effect can last for many decades and possibly as long as a century,"...

2005-04-15 12:58:16

MOUNT TALANG, Indonesia (AP) -- Scientists on Thursday were closely monitoring three volcanoes that have rumbled into life - activity they link to December's massive earthquake off the coast of Sumatra Island and the powerful temblors that followed. Thousands of people have been evacuated from the slopes of Mount Talang in west Sumatra, which erupted Tuesday, showering dust over nearby villages and spreading panic among villagers. On Thursday, many of the villagers returned home to tend...

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