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Krakatoa, or, more correctly, Krakatao, a volcanic island in the Strait of Sunda, between Sumatra and Java. It was formerly provided with coral banks, which abounded in turtles, and produced much rice and fruits; but in 1883

a vblcanic eruption, which began in May and produced its greatest results on the 26-28th of August, almost destroyed the island, producing in place of what it carried away two small islands, which afterwards sank. An immense ocean wave was also created, which caused great devastation in Java and Sumatra and travelled round the world, while the quantity of volcanic dust which was discharged into the atmosphere produced some splendid sunset effects in our own hemisphere, which lasted through the latter part of the year for some considerable time afterwards.