Krakatau Volcanic Eruption
Krakatau is an island volcano situated along the Indonesian arc between the islands of Sumatra and Java (larger islands that also have many volcanoes along the arc). The eruption of Krakatau in 1883 was one of the largest of our time that only 1/3 of the island remained above sea-level. The explosion was heard on the Rodriguez Island, which is 4653 km far from the island and forms 1/13 of the earth’s surface. The resulting giant waves were 40 m above sea-level; they destroyed everything in their wake and hurled ashore giant coral blocks weighing as much as 600 tons.