My wife just passed this link on to me of the fiery and disturbing activity going on at “Anak Krakatoa” (that is, Son of Krakatoa): “Will Krakatoa rock the world again?” Actually, the oddly long title is apparently “Will Krakatoa rock the world again? Last time, it killed thousands and changed the weather for five years, now it could be even deadlier…”
The pictures are beautiful, but the possibilities are not so much so. In 1883, the explosion of Krakatoa killed more than 36,000 people: 4,500 from the explosion alone, the rest through the resulting 130-ft tsunami that resulted. With the huge increases in population density in the area, the estimates of potential dead in a similar event have now climbed to the the hundreds of thousands.
Check out the article and the pictures over at the Mail Online. (AND you might consider checking out the links in this post for some of the most incredible volcano pictures I have ever seen: “Need help visualizing Exodus 19?” )