Krakatoa Volcano – two eruptions that blotted out the sun for years

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Another question: in A.D. 535, so in the 6th century, the Earth was wrapped in a smoke or dust veil for many months, through which the Sun was only faintly visible. Do you know what it was at that time?
63. At that time, the Earth was wrapped in a veil of dust particles for 18 months, through which the Sun was, indeed, only seen faintly.
64. The event, which brought about worldwide impacts in terms of a climate change, was triggered by a gigantic eruption of the volcano Rakata, which is known to you as Krakatoa or Krakatau.
Ah yes, this volcano exploded in 1883, whereby more than ½ the island sank into the sea. Through this, there were about 40,000 deaths. Wait a minute, please – here’s the encyclopedia. – Ah, here it’s written: Krakatau, Krakatoa, Rakata, volcano. Island in the Sunda Strait, Indonesia, between Sumatra and Java, 15 km2, 813 m high. Forms, with two other islands, the remainders of a former 2000-meter high volcano, which exploded in 1883. The ejected volcanic ash rose 50 to 80 km in height, spread out over all the Earth, and caused a twilight phenomena in the atmosphere that was still perceptible 3 years later. With the collapse of the Caldera, an over 20 m high tidal wave formed during this eruption, which devastated the coasts of West Java and South East Sumatra (36,000 deaths).
65. The information is correct so far, but not concerning the number of deaths that the catastrophe claimed.
66. According to our very accurate records, the total number amounts to 57,804 people who were killed by the direct volcanic eruption as well as by the colossal tidal wave.
67. Moreover, the tidal wave had quite devastating effects on the islands Sumatra and Java, which were far worse than indicated by this encyclopedia note.
68. The volcano Rakata or Krakatau exhibits an undersea activity, which was minimal for a long time but, since the year 1928, has become quite active again.
Old records speak of the fact that in the year A.D. 535, the Sun was only seen for a long time as through a veil – you said 18 months. But here in the encyclopedia, it says that after 1883, a twilight effect was still noticeable 3 years later. Was this eruption stronger than that of A.D. 535?
69. No, the eruption in the 6th century was more powerful; consequently, the twilight effects first finally disappeared after five years.
70. For 18 months, however, the twilight was very strong, and indeed, the Sun could only be seen through a thick veil of dust.
71. At that time, the height of the volcano measured 3,871 meters, of which about half was thrown off by the eruption.
72. Also at that time, there was a colossal tidal wave that reached just over 30 meters high and raced with tremendous speed across the sea, devastated several islands, and let three of these sink beneath the floods.
73. The volcanic island itself was also much larger at that time.



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