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  • proper n. a volcanic island made of ʻaʻā lava in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra in Indonesia

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  • n. a small volcanic island in Indonesia between Java and Sumatra; its violent eruption in 1883 was the greatest in recorded history


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  • Krakatoa is still East of Java (even though it's west) and will remain that way for all eternity.

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  • I'm glad the error was made: Krakatoa is a truly pleasing word to the western ear, and so much more pleasing than the proper name, Krakatau.

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  • Krakatoa is structured around the volcano as sort of a main character — I know it's been described that way in some reviews — but I was wondering if you were particularly attached to any of the human characters.

    When the Earth Flexes Its Muscles

  • Looking off Java's shore at Anak Krakatoa, the island that had appeared in Krakatoa's place some fifty years after the volcano exploded into nothing, he noticed that it was significantly larger than it had been on his last visit; that it was, in fact, growing rapidly.

    When the Earth Flexes Its Muscles

  • Krakatoa is now littered with meters and things, but it's not likely to blow up anyway, because it's letting off steam all the time.

    When the Earth Flexes Its Muscles

  • I bless him for having done it, because it gave me an easy introduction for talking about the volcano, by saying something like, "This was a dreadful film, not least because Krakatoa is west of Java, and that's where I want to begin this talk."

    When the Earth Flexes Its Muscles

  • Krakatoa is built on accounts written around the time of the eruption.

    When the Earth Flexes Its Muscles

  • An island called Krakatoa blew up rather violently.

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  • He usually called Krakatoa "K." for working purposes.

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  • Ash from the eruption of the Krakatau (sometimes called the Krakatoa) volcano between Java and Sumatra in 1883 darkened the surrounding area for two days. - Stuff


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  • Slight corruption of the Indonesian Krakaktau.

    I once co-directed a version of Tengul with Teater Krakaktoa in Bandar Lampung. We could see the volcano - on a clear day - from Ganti's upstairs balcony. In those days it was still possible to visit, and we did.

    October 3, 2013