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Krakatoa (2008)

The greatest volcanic eruption in recorded history, the Krakatoa explosion of August 27 1883.


Richard Burke-Ward (drama screenplay) (as Richard Burke Ward), Jeremy Hall | 1 more credit »


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Credited cast:
John Shrapnel ... Narrator (voice)
Michael Bernardin Michael Bernardin ... Mr. Beyerinck
Sasha Waddell ... Mrs. Beyerinck
Nick Ewans Nick Ewans ... Dr. Van der Stok
Jolyon James Jolyon James ... J. Schuurman
Pavel Douglas Pavel Douglas ... Captain T.H. Lindemann
Damar Restusari Damar Restusari ... Sumbi
Edi Bakker Edi Bakker ... Ajip
Ali Rawid Ali Rawid ... Toemang
Shinta Melinda Marthania Shinta Melinda Marthania ... Wife of Toemang
Sue Maund Sue Maund ... Mrs. Van der Stok (uncredited)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eleanor Highwood Eleanor Highwood ... Herself (as Dr. Eleanor Highwood)
Bill McGuire Bill McGuire ... Himself (as Professor Bill McGuire)
Michael Rampino Michael Rampino ... Himself (as Professor Michael Rampino)


The horrific Indonesian tsunami of December 2004 was not the first time that region has seen such destruction. On August 27 1883, the volcanic island of Krakatoa in the Sunda Straits literally exploded. The resulting tsunami waves were the highest ever witnessed, up to 40 meters tall. Over 36,000 people were killed (the largest death toll ever from a volcanic eruption) and 165 towns and villages were destroyed. The sound of the explosion was the loudest in human history, heard over 1/12 of the Earth's surface. The effects of the eruption were global, cooling the Earth's temperature and producing vivid red sunsets for up to 5 years afterward. Using eyewitness and survivor accounts, this program dramatizes the events leading up to the most famous and most devastating volcanic eruption in recorded human history. Also, volcanologists discuss the science behind the eruption, and compare and contrast the 1883 event with the 2004 tsunami. Written by yortsnave

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Nice presentation.
9 June 2006 | by dy158See all my reviews

On 27 August 1883, what is probably one of the most violent volcanic explosions happened. The name of the volcano - Krakatoa. Sending enormous effects and shockwaves throughout the entire world. Even earning a name in the record books as well. This was first being shown here like last year or something.

This documentary gather all the records and evidence which leads up to the fateful day itself and present it in a movie-like format. The villagers, the people who are researching about the volcano, the sailors, the Dutch governor and his family and so on. For those who are not really aware, Indonesia was once actually a Dutch colony.

But back to what is at hand here. Actually there has been signs of an volcanic eruption months before the fateful day itself. But then, no one saw what was coming till it happened. And when it did, the after-effects is almost unimaginable. This is also being compared the 2004 tsunami as well.

The world really saw how destructive the volcano was when paintings of the skies surfaced and it's a good indication of how the skies was like immediately after the eruption.

When Mother Nature is angry, she is really angry. It is so true. I had studied a little of geography before and the destructiveness of Krakatoa is just too big to ignore that it so just deserves a mention in my geography textbook. This is the legacy the volcano leaves behind.

Overall, nice presentation of the events.

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