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See the Soft Aquarelle Watercolors That Resulted From Krakatoa’s Big Bang.

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The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa has often been described as a ferocious, earth-shattering event. It was: millions of tons of ash, superheated pyroclastic flows, city-decimating tsunamis, and the loudest sound ever documented by people.

It permanently altered the Dutch colony that would become the nation of Indonesia and in another, more subtle, way, it altered the world’s imagination. For example, months after the eruption, artists in northern Europe and North America were inspired by the vivid sunsets its stratospheric ash created.

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