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Anak Krakatoa Volcanic Bomb
The Krakatoa volcano is situated in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra, Indonesia. The name of this volcano also refers to the surrounding island group comprising the remnants of a much larger island of three volcanic peaks. They were obliterated in a cataclysmic 1883 eruption, August 26-27, when over 70% of the island and its surrounding archipelago were destroyed as it collapsed into a caldera.
The Krakatoa eruption of 1883 was one of the deadliest and most destructive volcanic events in recorded time. Over 36,000 deaths were attributed to the eruption and the subsequent tsunamis it created. The rest of the world felt the effects from the fallout of the eruption for days and even weeks. It is thought that about 20 million tons of sulfur was released into the atmosphere causing a "volcanic winter" and the worldwide temperatures were reduced by an average of 1.2 °C (2.2 °F) for a period of about five years.
The total event has an estimated Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) of 6. It was the equivalent to 200 megatons of TNT about 13,000 times the nuclear yield of the Little Boy bomb that devastated Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II. It had about four times the yield of Tsar Bomba, the most powerful nuclear device ever detonated.
A new volcanic island emerged from the remnants of the Krakatoa caldera in 1927. It is called Anak Krakatoa, or "Child of Krakatoa," and is the current location of eruptive activity.
The Krakatoa eruption of 1883 was one of the deadliest and most destructive volcanic events in recorded time. Over 36,000 deaths were attributed to the eruption and the subsequent tsunamis it created. The rest of the world felt the effects from the fallout of the eruption for days and even weeks.
This small volcanic bomb is intact and is from Anak Krakatoa. It has a stretched teardrop shape.
Size: 76mm L X 16mm W X 11mm D; Display case size: 5 1/2" W X 4 1/2" W X 3/4" D
Ships with display case, tag, information and COA. Stand and cube not included.
Obtained in a geological trade with a major scientific institution.
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