On this day: Hellish annihilation

One of the most destructive volcanic eruptions in human history hit the Indonesian archipelago on August 27, 1883. The tragedy began with the sound of four gigantic outbursts of the Krakatau volcano, situated in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra, which could be heard several thousand miles away. The shock waves circumnavigated the Earth seven times and the force of the blast was four times stronger than the mightiest nuclear bomb ever detonated, the Russian Tsar Bomb.

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27th May 1883:  Clouds pouring from the volcano on Krakatoa (aka


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