'Child' of Krakatau spews ash and lava

The "child" of the legendary Indonesian volcano Krakatau erupted on Thursday, spewing a plume of ash high into the sky as molten lava streamed down from its summit. Anak Krakatau - a small volcanic island that emerged from the ocean a half century af
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The "child" of the legendary Indonesian volcano Krakatau erupted on Thursday, spewing a plume of ash high into the sky as molten lava streamed down from its summit.

Anak Krakatau - a small volcanic island that emerged from the ocean a half century after Krakatau's deadly 1883 eruption - has rumbled back to life in recent weeks, spitting flaming rocks and ash from its crater.

No one lives on Krakatau, which forms a small island in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra, but the peak is a popular tourist spot.

Indonesia's geological agency has not raised the alert level for the mountain. However, there is a 1km no-go zone around its summit.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 21, 2018, with the headline ''Child' of Krakatau spews ash and lava'. Print Edition | Subscribe