Indonesia's Anak Krakatau erupts, belching 1km-high ash cloud; highest-level alert issued

JAKARTA (dpa): Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano erupted on Sunday, spewing volcanic ash as high as 1,000m from its crater, the country's volcanology agency said.

The volcano erupted at 12:36pm (0536 GMT) for about four minutes, belching a thick column of dark grey ash from its crater that was moving northeast.

Anak Krakatoa, which means "Child of Krakatoa," is located on the Sunda Straits which separates the islands of Java and Sumatra.

It has erupted six times since June this year with various intensities of ash column billowing out of the 157m-high volcano’s crater. In total, the volcano has erupted 61 times this year.

The volcano’s status remains at the second-highest warning level.

Authorities raised the alert status in late April 2022 after the volcano continued to erupt since early that month.

In July, it erupted and spewed a thick column of volcanic ash as high as 2,000m from its crater into the sky for about three minutes.

The nearest human settlement from the volcano is about 16.5km away in Sebesi Island.

The volcano is one of the almost 130 active volcanoes that dot the Indonesian archipelago.

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