Sunshine of your lava

Poster for Krakatoa East of Java

The bright colors of Sixties Cinerama bear little resemblance to the reality of 2018:

The BBC issued this report:

At least 20 people have been killed and 165 injured after a tsunami hit the coast around Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, government officials say.

The country’s disaster management agency says two people are missing, and dozens of buildings were damaged.

It says the possible cause of the tsunami were undersea landslides after the Krakatoa volcano erupted.

The Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra connects the Java Sea to the Indian Ocean.

Or maybe, to give it a Hollywood flourish, “Krakatoa 2”: the eruption in 1883, sort of portrayed in that 1969 disaster film, destroyed most of the island on which the volcano sat, and killed more than 30,000 people. In 1927, a new island was detected at the site of the old one, and it continues to grow at an average of five meters per year, fed by the sort of undersea flow that may have contributed to the present-day tsunami.

Incidentally, the film lost many millions in its original release, and was given a second release under the title Volcano, the filmmakers having learned that Krakatoa is in fact west of Java.

1 comment »

  1. McGehee »

    23 December 2018 · 4:58 pm

    I don’t remember much about the movie, but I saw a “Time Tunnel” episode, I think. Considering how their Halley’s Comet episode mangled things (the comet’s tail allegedly appeared because it had entered Earth’s atmosphere), I imagine the movie might have been a better source.

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