Krakatau volcano news & eruption updates:

Krakatau volcano (Sunda Strait, Indonesia): strong thermal signal could suggest new eruptive activity

Sunday Feb 19, 2017 08:51 AM 

As our colleague Marc Szeglat from noticed, a strong thermal signal from what seems to be the summit of Anak Krakatau has become visible on satellite data during the past days. 
What causes the thermal signal exactly is unknown. While non-volcanic causes (e.g. forest fires) cannot be ruled out, it is more likely that a new mass of lava has arrived at the crater, probably in the form of a new dome. In that case, Krakatau might be entering a new eruptive phase (the last significant eruption having being in sep 2012), something which would not be a surprise, statistically. 
So far, there is no confirmation, e.g. there have been no significant ash emissions observed, which could mean that the activity (if there is) is only effusive for now. We wait for further information about possible activity and will update as needed. 


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