SERANG - The Mount Anak Krakatau has been blasting out smoke and red-hot rocks hundreds of meters into the air for the past ten days, but the eruptions slowly grow larger. Local television footage now shows thick plumes of smoke billowing from the volcano's crater when ash and rocks roll down its slopes.
The eruptions are nothing compared to what took place in 1883 at the same spot in Indonesia, when Anak Krakatoa's predecessor blew apart in one of the most devastating eruption in recorded history. Almost 40,000 people were killed in the eruption and ensuing tsunami.
Vulcanologist Cahya Patria said the volcano was now on a high alert level. He said: "With the situation now, we are declaring that Krakatoa is at the second highest level of alert which mean areas within three kilometers from the volcano have to be sterile or clear."
Mount Anak Krakatau emits molten rock and volcanic debris from its newly formed crater on the southern side of the island.