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Indonesia volcano erupts spewing ash TWO MILES into the air in Ring of Fire

Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano has erupted, spewing searing clouds of ash as high as two miles into the air.

The volcano island located in Indonesia's Sunda Strait has erupted at least seven times since late Friday, Indonesia's Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center said.

The Sunda Strait sits between the country's two main and most-populous islands, Java and Sumatra.

It was the longest eruption since the explosive collapse of the mountain caused a deadly tsunami in 2018 along the coasts of both islands, the center said.

There were no casualties reported in the latest eruption and no evacuation order was issued. The nearest settlement is 10.5 miles away.

The center's closed-circuit camera showed lava flares and the volcano continuously erupting until Saturday morning.

The second-highest alert on a scale of four has remained in place since 2018. Authorities in May warned residents and tourists to stay 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the crater. Up till then, people used to trek to the top to observe the nature's spectacle.

The volacano is situated in the "ring of fire" - a path of active volcanos in the Pacific Ocean, including parts of Indonesia (


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Scientists at the center said that since the 2018 eruption and collapse, Anak Krakatau island is now only about a quarter of its original size.

A 2019 study by the center shed light on the power of the tsunami that crashed into more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) of coastline in Sumatra and Java. More than 430 people died in the waves that were 2 meters (6.6 feet) or higher and 40,000 were displaced.

The center said that the peak of the crater was 159 meters (520 feet) high, compared to 338 meters (1,108 feet) before the December 2018 eruption.

An aerial image of the volcanic plume (


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Anak Krakatau, which means "child of Kratakau," is the offspring of the famous Krakatau, whose monumental eruption in 1883 triggered a period of global cooling.

In March, a mountain branded a "doomsday volcano" looked set to blow as hot smoke blanketed the area.

Indonesia's Mount Merapi erupted with avalanches of searing gas clouds and lava, forcing authorities to halt tourism and mining activities on the slopes of the country's most active volcano.

The volcano is almost 500ft high (


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Merapi, on the densely populated island of Java, unleashed clouds of hot ash and a mixture of rock, lava and gas that traveled up to 4.3 miles down its slopes.

A column of hot clouds rose 328ft into the air, said the National Disaster Management Agency's spokesperson Abdul Muhari.

Over the course of the day, the explosion even managed to block out the sun.

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