On This Day 27 August

By TheBoldAge. Published 2020-08-27
In 1896 a war of 38 minutes was fought between the United Kingdom and the Zanzibar Sultanate; in 1900 the 1st long distance bus service between London and Leeds started; in 1964 Mary Poppins. In 1883 the eruption of Krakatoa killed at least 36417 people

The explosion of Krakatoa was heard as far away as Perth (3110km)

One of the 4 islands in the Krakatoa Archipelago had a caldera (hollow forming after a volcanic eruption) called in Indonesian Krakatau (also known as Krakatoa).

krakatoa map

It was earlier this month that we were remembering the devastation that "Little Boy" brought to Hiroshima. The eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 had 13000 (yes, thirteen thousand) times the nuclear yield of the Hiroshima bomb.

165 villages and towns were destroyed and at least 36417 people died (according to the Dutch authorities at the time, however locals assert that over 120,000 perished) with thousands more being injured. Subsequent eruptions at the same location have resulted in anak krakatau (child of krakatoa) which erupted in 2018 causing the devastating tsunami. The eruption in 1883 propelled ash to a height of 80km and was loud enough that if you were within 16 kilometres you would have gone deaf.


The power of nature is absolutely incredible; watch the eruption of anak krakatau (child of krakatau) in the below and head over to VolcanoDiscovery to see even more evidence of the power of nature.

Other events on this day

  • 1883: eruption on the Indonesian island Krakatoa
  • 1896: world's shortest war between United Kingdom and Zanzibar Sultanate
  • 1900: 1st long distance bus service in the UK between London and Leeds; it took 2 days
  • 1964: Mary Poppins premiered in Los Angeles
  • 1970: Southern hairy-nosed wombat adopted as the official faunal emblem of South Australia
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