||[May. 3rd, 2008|09:50 am]
One of the books I bought on to my last trip to Sydney was Simon Winchester's Krakatoa - The Day The World Exploded - 27th August 1883.
Enthralling read. I never knew, for example, that 3 locals had been on the island the day the nearby beach first started erupting. They had to swim to their boat, the ground level was dropping that fast.
And a horrifying read too, after the first half of the book's diversions into Dutch history, the rise of tectonic theory, and so on, and got onto the actual 1883 eruption.
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