Blow­ing its top

The Guardian Weekly - - Eyewitness - ALEX GERST/ESA/NASA/EPA

A photo taken by the Euro­pean Space Agency as­tro­naut Alexan­der Gerst from the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion shows the Anak Krakatau vol­cano spew­ing ash and steam over the wa­ters of the Sunda Strait, Indonesia. A tsunami that hit coastal ar­eas in the strait last month killed at least 400 peo­ple, and the In­done­sian dis­as­ter man­age­ment agency warned that the death toll was likely to rise. A pos­si­ble cause of the tsunami was be­lieved to be un­der­sea land­slides re­lated to Anak Krakatau’s vol­canic ac­tiv­ity. An­a­lysts say the vol­cano lost more than twothirds of its height and vol­ume. Much of this miss­ing mass could have slid into the sea, gen­er­at­ing waves up to five me­tres high that in­un­dated the nearby coast­lines of Java and Su­ma­tra

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