Mount Anak Krakatau, a volcanic island in the Sunda Strait, started hurling flaming rocks from its southern crater on Thursday. The red-hot rocks shooting up from its crater have reached as high as 600 meters and are clearly visible from the nearby coast indicating that volcanic activity was set to continue. Thundering sounds have been heard within a radius of three kilometers from the crater. The volcanic tremors have increased in frequency since the Bandung geological disaster center raised the alert status to level III. There are no villages in close vicinity to the volcano, but the island is a popular tourist spot. The Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra became notorious for the devastating eruption of Mount Krakatau in August 1883, when the volcano exploded in one of the most violent eruptions in modern time. The volcanic eruption was audible up to 5,000 kilometers away, and generated a tsunami which circled the globe three times. Over 36,000 people died in the disaster. The volcano destroyed itself in the eruption, but Anak Krakatau, "the child of Krakatau," started emerging at the site in the 1930s.
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