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Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano shoots ash, lava

Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano spewed a column of ash 500 metres into the sky in the longest eruption since the explosive collapse of the island caused a deadly tsunami in 2018, scientists said Saturday.

Volcano collapsed in December 2018, triggering a tsunami

The Anak Krakatau volcano is seen in this webcam video still image as it erupts in Indonesia's Lampung province on Friday. (Volcanological Survey of Indonesia via Reuters)

Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano spewed a column of ash 500 metres into the sky in the longest eruption since the explosive collapse of the island caused a deadly tsunami in 2018, scientists said Saturday.

Closed-circuit TV from Indonesia's Centre for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation showed lava flares Friday night.

The agency said the volcano was continuously erupting until Saturday morning. A Level 2 alert status remained in place, the second-highest on a scale of four.

There were no casualties reported. The December 2018 eruption and collapse caused a tsunami along the coasts of Sumatra and Java, killing 430 people.

Anak Krakatau, which means Child of Krakatau, is the offspring of the famous Krakatau (or Krakatoa) volcano, whose monumental eruption in 1883 triggered a period of global cooling.

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