(Sonde's strait Indonesia) (1988)

Inside Krakatau's crater : a light depression where only collapses show where were the active vents. A few days before, explosions could be heard from the coast, tens of kilometers of distance!
The ground is burning, volcano can wake up at any time, but who cares : rage is burning us, having done so many thousands of kilometers not to see anything !


A week later, according to local information, we're going back to Krakatau. From the boat, we can see, with a sigh of relief, some plumes getting out of it. But here, nothing can be seen. It's getting dark, we're wrapped in our bivouac, in light little rain and when, totally discouraged, we're about to find out our tent, a huge fire column is ericted above the volcano.Glowing bombs reach nearly 300 m high. Fire is flowing all over the surface of the cone and a long time will be necessary for the last embers to put out. However, it will be the only real explosion of our stay. The next morning, we'll find the sides of our tent covered with ashes. That doesn't really snooze us to know that struggling against sleeping, we could have seen another explosion !

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