When the volcano on the island of Krakatoa erupted in August 1883 it was the greatest disaster in recorded history.
On the morning of August 27, 1883, the rumbling volcano of Krakatoa stood more than 6,000 feet high, with a diameter of approximately 10 miles. Later that day, this giant cone exploded so violently it was literally blown away. The effects of the volcanic explosion caused tidal wave more than 140 feet high; one ship was carried more than two miles inland. Hail-sized stones fell as far as 100 miles away, and the city of Jakarta fell into total darkness. For many of the area’s inhabitants, Armageddon had arrived. Over 36,000 people were killed immediately, and countries all over the globe were affected by the volcano’s devastating after-effects. The eruption of Krakatoa was one of the best-documented natural cataclysms in history; from the first indications that something was amiss to the final explosion, each step was witnessed and recorded by the Dutch settlers living in the region. KRAKATOA brings to life the story of this mammoth eruption, using dramatic recreation, contemporary documentary footage and breathtaking special effects. Krakatoa is a 90-minute drama-documentary that recreates the final days of the killer volcano. Utilising location filming, documentary footage and special effects the program brings to life the human stories of those caught in the lethal aftermath of the cataclysmic volcanic eruption. The program also incorporates the latest scientific theories of why Krakatoa exploded with the largest blast ever heard in human history. When Krakatoa erupted it did so with such terrible force it was felt around the world. A pillar of dense black smoke spewed 50 miles into the sky and the resulting blanket of volcanic ash contaminated the atmosphere for years afterwards. Giant waves reached heights of 40 metres above sea level, devastating everything in their path and hurling ashore coral blocks weighing as much as 600 tons. When the eruption ended only a third of Krakatoa, formerly 5 x 9 km, remained above sea level. The human cost will never be precisely known, but over 36,000 people died immediately and many more later. Made by Pioneer Productions – the world-renowned makers of spectacular TV programs on volcanoes and other natural dangers – it chronicles the devastating effects of the mammoth eruption. And with a regenerating Krakatoa now a brooding, smoking island building up its strength once more, it weighs up whether scientists will ever be able to predict such terrible events in future.
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