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Krakatoa volcano erupts, spews huge ash tower

JAKARTA (AFP) -The offspring of Indonesia’s infamous Krakatoa volcano erupted yesterday, spewing a towering volcanic ash cloud some 3,000 metres into the sky.

Mount Anak Krakatoa, which means Child of Krakatoa, belched thick ash over the strait that separates the islands of Java and Sumatra forcing authorities to warn nearby residents to wear masks outside.

“We are still recording continuous eruptions with thick clouds towering at between 500 to 3,000 metres from the peak,” Deny Mardiono of Indonesia’s Geological Agency told AFP.

Authorities ordered people to stay out of a two-kilometre exclusion zone around the volcano, which is currently graded at level two of Indonesia’s four-tiered volcanic alert system.

Anak Krakatoa erupts. PHOTO: AFP