Krakatoa Facts

Interesting Facts about Indonesian Krakatoa Volcano and some more Volcano Facts

More than 1,500 volcanoes have erupted worldwide in the past 10,000 years. Indonesia is home to 167 known active volcanoes, more than any other country.

When Indonesia's Krakatoa erupted in 1883, Australians 3,000 miles away heard the noise.

It was the biggest sound heard on the earth in modern time!

Although the island of Krakatoa wasn't habited during the 1833 eruptions and no life was lost on the island, more than 36,000 people were killed on the 27th of August 1833.

The vents caused over 100 ft. high waves, reaching the two Indonesian island's coasts, Java and Sumatra.

Before the 1883 Krakatoa didn't erupted for more the 200 years. Today the site is an active volcano.

Krakatoa is sometimes mistaken for Anak Krakatoa the volcanic island that was formed out of Krakatoa's remains, after a submarine eruption in 1927.

Krakatoa 2008
Krakatoa, or Anak Krakatau, 2008

So huge was the 1883 catastrophe that not only a geological but also a geopolitical reaction of Krakatoa was claimed.

Other volcano facts:

An erupting volcano's lava reaches temperatures of up to 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit.

The largest volcano in our solar system is Olympus Mons, located on Mars. It reaches an elevation of 85,000 feet and measures 340 miles across.