In 1883, the volcano 'Krakatoa' in the Sunda Strait, West of Java (now Indonesia)
exploded violently. The island volcano literally blew itself off the face of the
earth. It is referred to as the loudest sound the Earth has known.
The explosion was heard up to 3000 miles away.
A tsunami, of at least 120 feet (40m), swept thousands of islanders to
their deaths. The resulting worldwide upper atmosphere
dust caused climate changes, and brilliant sunsets. In Poughkeepsie, NY,
firemen were called to an apparent conflagration. It was the sunset.
In 1927, the Son of Krakatoa emerged from the sea, and over time
formed a new island and a new volcano. It has rumbled
ever since. In December 1967, I sailed through the Sunda Strait,
off Anak (son of) Krakatoa. With great timimg, ash and smoke spewed
from the mountain. It was 'one of those moments'. :-)
This lengthy explanation, for Jason who likes a good story,
explains why I have posted this rather ordinary picture.
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