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Monday, August 27, 2007
This is an artist's rendition of the island volcano, Krakatoa. It is a volcanic island found in Indonesia.

On August 27, 1883 the volcano erupted with the largest and loudest explosion ever heard. It is said the sound was distinctly heard nearly 2,000 miles away in Australia and tons of ash, rock, and pumice were blown more than 50 miles skyward. Tsunamis at least 100 ft high were generated, sweeping across the Ocean and devastating villages and nearby islands. The official death toll was over 36,000.

In the late 1960s Hollywood was having a love affair with disaster movies. The cataclysmic eruption of Krakatoa was a story made for a Hollywood spin.

This Day in History's question is more trivia than history. The 1969 Hollywood film was titled Krakatoa, East of Java even though the producers knew it was wrong. What's wrong with it?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...
Krakatoa actually being west of Java. (very interesting)


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