Krakatoa documentary and historical materials

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Krakatoa, in the Sunda Strait in Indonesia, has attracted a significant literature and media response to the 1883 eruption.



  • Alfred, E. & Seward, A.C., The New Flora of the Volcanic Island of Krakatau, (reissued by Cambridge University Press 2009, ISBN 978-1-108-00433-6)
  • Rogier Verbeek's initial report on the eruption ran in Nature in May 1884. His book Krakatau was printed in 1885 in Dutch; a French translation (called Krakatau Atlas) is in two volumes.
  • C. A. Backer; The Problem of Krakatao as Seen By a Botanist (1929). Examines the "Krakatau problem"- whether or not all life was destroyed by the 1883 eruption.
  • Rupert Furneaux; Krakatoa (1964). This came out just a few years before the theory of plate tectonics was adopted.
  • Tom Simkin & Richard S. Fiske, editors, Krakatau 1883: The Volcanic Eruption and Its Effects was written for the centenary of the event and provides source material that had previously been unavailable in English.
  • Ian Thornton; Krakatau: The Destruction and Reassembly of an Island Ecosystem (1996)
  • David Keys; Catastrophe: An Investigation into the Origins of the Modern World (1999).
  • Simon Winchester; Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, 27 August 1883 explores the eruption of Krakatoa and the history of the region, the early spice trade, the growth of colonial governments, explains the geology of volcanos and describes in detail the series of eruptions and tsunamis and their effects around the globe.
  • Mohammad Saleh; Syair Lampung Karam (Singapore, 1883); the only known account written by a local in the Malay language, a poem.


  • Krakatoa, a short (26 min) 1933 teaching film about the volcano that won the Academy Award for Best Short Subject, Novelty for its producer Joe Rock. This movie was notable for overwhelming the sound systems of the cinemas of the time. In Australia, the distributors insisted on a power output of 10 watts RMS as a minimum for cinemas wishing to show the movie. This was then considered a large system, and forced many cinemas to upgrade. A revised version was made in 1966 for the Library of Congress.

There are several recent videos of Krakatoa uploaded onto YouTube showing the inside of its crater[1] and it erupting.[2]



  1. ^ "Krakatau". 30 November 2008.
  2. ^ "Anak Krakatoa from safer distance". 25 March 2008.
  3. ^ "❤️ Mega Disasters - Krakatau's Revenge ❤️". 25 October 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Watch The Krakatoa Volcano Clip - How the Earth Was Made | HISTORY". Video Gallery at