Fascinating book on a fascinating subject
The massive Krakatoa eruption (located WEST of Java) was the first eruption to be recorded scientifically around the world, using the scientific instruments available at the time. Because of the telegraph and newspapers, the accounts of horrified eyewitnesses were reported virtually in real time. It was a fascinating book that documented the astonishing impact that Krakatoa's eruption had on the world: geographical, topographical, meteorological, social, political, economic, and even artistic -- because of the memorable watercolor paintings by a London artist, who painted the spectacular, technicolor sunsets created by the volcanic ash. A must-read for anyone interested in volcanology, tsunamis, and earthquakes; a good read for everyone else.