The Day the World Exploded

The Day the World Exploded

The Earthshaking Catastrophe at Krakatoa

Book - 2008
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The almighty explosion that destroyed the volcano island of Krakatoa was followed by an immense tsunami that killed more than thirty thousand people. The effects of the waves were felt as far away as France, and bodies were washed up in Zanzibar. Today, one hundred and twenty-five years after the volcano erupted in one of the greatest catastrophes the world has ever know, the name Krakatoa is still synonymous with disaster. In this illustrated account the colossal explosion is bought to vivid life. From the ominous warnings leading up to the eruption to the wave of killings it provoked, here is a look at what happened on the day the world exploded.
Publisher: New York : Collins c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061239830
Branch Call Number: J 959.8 WINCHESTER
Characteristics: 96 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 27 cm


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Jul 14, 2018

I enjoyed reading and admiring the wonderful illustrations featuring the most famous (or infamous) explosive volcanic eruption ever recorded by humanity. Simon Winchester's prose version is a great and detailed read and I recommend that in addition to this "...highly illustrated..." version for children and young teens. The prose is light on details, but that's to be expected. It's actually welcome to read it in this manner because it focuses on the pertinent details of the Krakatoa event of 1883. And Mr. Winchester's prose is elegant and intriguing enough to draw the reader in as well as want for more information. Jason Chin's fantastic illustrations complement the sparse prose quite nicely and do justice to this awesome and terrible event. I've read Mr. Chin's Grand Canyon and was mesmerized. This lead to Mr. Winchester's work and the rest, as they say, is history.


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