Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau volcano has erupted 87 times since January

JAKARTA — The Anak Krakatau volcano in Lampung Province, located in the Sunda Strait, has had 87 eruptions this year, according to Indonesia’s volcano monitoring centre, PVMBG.

As of Wednesday morning, the volcano is active, with three recent eruptions reaching heights of 150 to 300 metres, emitting grayish smoke with a moderate to thick intensity.

On Tuesday, there were nine eruptions, the highest reaching 2,000 metres above the summit, and 12 eruptions on Monday.

Due to increased volcanic activity, currently classified as Level III or alert status, PVMBG advised residents to stay at least five kilometres away from the active crater.

Despite the mist, the volcano, at 157 metres above sea level, is visible with weather conditions, including cloudy skies, rain and weak winds blowing northwest, the centre reported.

In December 2018, a volcanic tsunami occurred due to a collapse on Anak Krakatau’s southwestern side, resulting in a landslide.

This had caused 426 fatalities, making it the deadliest volcanic tsunami since the 1883 Krakatau tsunami.

The Sunda Strait, located between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra, is along the Ring of Fire in the Pacific Ocean, known for frequent seismic and volcanic activities. — BERNAMA