Krakatoa: The Last Days, Clip 5 – Lighthouse


Wide Screen HD version: From the BBC docu-drama, “Krakatoa: The Last Days.” The movie is also known as “Krakatoa: Volcano of Destruction” and aired on Discovery Channel. The movie brings to life the journals and recollections of four witnesses who survived the cataclysmic eruption of Krakatoa in August of 1883. Jacob Schuit with his family was keeper of the Fourth Point lighthouse near Anjer in Java, east of Krakatoa. When morning of August 27, 1883 dawned, the thick smoke and ash fall from Krakatoa was so dense that the day remained enveloped in darkness and visibility was very poor. Stalwart Jacob felt that he must remain upstairs to keep the operations going in case ships were in the area. Meanwhile, several mega-tsunami were radiating out of the collapse of Krakatoa and one was heading east toward Anjer. A telegram from a Lloyd’s of London agent describes the disaster: “Anjer and lighthouse and the other lights of southwest Java have all been destroyed. The subsidences and upheavals we have alluded to caused a large wave about 100 feet in height to sweep down on the southwest coast of Java and south of Sumatra. This was swept in for a great distance, thereby doing great injury both to life and property…. Anjer seems to have been completely destroyed. Lloyd’s sub-agent there wires from Serang: ‘All gone. Plenty lives lost.'” Read the complete telegram: The Eruption of Krakatoa If you want to see the full docudrama, you can catch it ]]>

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