Remembering Krakatoa's Cataclysm

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NPR's Melissa Block talks to author Simon Winchester about his book Krakatoa. The volcano exploded in 1883, killed more than 36,000 people and affected weather worldwide. Winchester presents details of how word of the event spread and what it was like near the scene in the days leading up to the blast, and about the short- and long-term aftermath. The final explosion created a noise said to be the loudest heard in recorded history.



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