Anak Krakatau: Indonesia flights rerouted as volcano alert level
[December 27 2018]
still fears that another eruption could happen
The alert level for Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano
has been raised to the second highest level possible, after a series of
eruptions spewed out lava.
All flights around the volcano have been rerouted and
a 5km exclusion zone has also been imposed.
Indonesia's Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said the
alert level had been raised from level two to three because of
fluctuating ongoing eruptions.
Last Saturday, the volcano triggered a tsunami which
"The volcanic activity of Anak Krakatau continues to
increase," said BNPB in a press statement, citing data from the
Volcanological Survey of Indonesia.
"The danger zone [has been] extended from 2km to
5km... people and tourists are prohibited from carrying out activities
with a 5km radius."
What is happening now with the volcano?
Authorities say that Anak Krakatau has become
increasingly active with what are known as Strombolian eruptions -
short-lived, explosive blasts of lava - being emitted.
BNPB has now imposed a 5km exclusion zone around the
volcano, which rises from the sea in the Sunda Straits between Java and
Nobody is believed to be inside that danger zone, but
residents that live on both sides of the strait are being told to stay
away from beaches due to fears of another tsunami.
The volcano has been rumbling on and off since July
but has been particularly active since last week.
The agency adds that there may be a new crater hole
under the sea and that eruptions are ongoing, with eruption sounds heard
several times a minute.
What happened after the tsunami?
On Saturday, vast waves engulfed coastal towns on the
islands of Sumatra and Java leaving at least 430 dead and more than 150
It destroyed hundreds of buildings, sweeping away cars
and uprooting trees in several popular tourist destinations.
At least 16,000 people still remain displaced and
rescue workers are struggling to reach remote areas of the country that
have been hit by the tsunami.
Thousands of people are living in temporary shelters
like mosques of schools, with dozens sleeping on the floor. A state of
emergency will stay in place until 4 January.
have been displaced and are living at makeshift shelters
According to some evacuees, clean water, fresh clothes
and blankets are in short supply.
Aid is only starting to just reach the town of Sumur
that was cut off by the tsunami, with volunteers having to piece
together makeshift bridges out of concrete blocks to reach the area,
It is believed that volcanic activity from Anak
Krakatau set off undersea landslides which in turn generated the killer
prone to tsunamis because it
lies on the Ring of Fire - the
line of frequent earthquakes and
volcanic eruptions that circles
virtually the entire Pacific
In September, more than 2,000 people died when a
powerful earthquake struck just off the central Indonesian island of
Sulawesi, setting off a tsunami that engulfed the coastal city of Palu.
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