Mother of all the volcanoes
ONE of the most powerful volcanic explosions ever took place at Krakatoa in 1883.
The island of Krakatoa was located between Java and Sumatra.
In May 1883, a series of eruptions occurred. These continued until August 27, 1883, when a huge eruption blew Krakatoa apart with a force of 100 megatons (the Hiroshima bomb was about 20 kilotons).
The blast was heard in Australia (4 800km away) and also in Madagascar (3520km away).
The tsunamis that resulted from the explosion were about 45m high and they destroyed 163 villages along the coast of Java and Sumatra.