The name comes from an old Sanskrit word, karkata, meaning "crab".
The name comes from an old Sanskrit word, karkata, meaning "crab". It's lies in the middle of the Sunda strait, right on the unstable "elbow" where the range volcanic mountain forming Sumatra turns abruptly eastward to form Java. In the afternoon on August 26th,1883,Krakatau exploded with a series of roars heard from Rangoon, Burma to Pert, Australia. A pillar of ash and pumice towered 26 km into the sky. Rock and dust rained over the surrounding region, forming a blanked cloud which turned day into night for 150 km in every direction