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THE MOUNT KRAKATOA IN SUNDA STRAIT

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Mount Krakatoa is well-known for its strong eruption in 1883 and it is one of the big disasters in the world. The deadly volcanic explosions blew two third of the volcano and part of the volcanic islands in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra.

The eruption sank the islands of Rakata, Panjang and sertung. Danan and Perbuatan islands disappeared from sight afterwards.

The Krakatoa eruption on August 27, 1883 is considered one of the deadliest in history. It was heard in Central Australia, 33,000 kilometers far away from the volcano on Rakata Island. Besides, it could also be heard from Rodriguez Island in Indian Ocean that was 4,500 kilometers away from the active volcano.

The big eruption also triggered a 120 feet tsunami. The killer waves caused substantial damage and 35,000 people lost their lives in the disaster.

According to the records, Mount Krakatoa showed an increase in volcanic activity on May 20, 1883 after 200 years of silence. A German warship passing the location re…

THE SAM PO KONG TEMPLE

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Hundreds of years ago, Admiral Cheng Ho of Ming dynasty sailed to Central Java and set foot in West Semarang in 1416. Later, the Sam Po Kong temple was built at Simongan Hill to commemorate him.

At that time, Admiral Cheng Ho had to stop at Semarang because one of his helmsmen fell sick. Afterwards, he left a traditional healer and some crews to take care of the sick Ong Keng Hong. He could no longer stay with them and should start his journey as soon as possible.

Ong Keng Hong steadily recovered after receiving an intensive medical treatment. After the helmsman regained his health, the traditional healer, crews and he lived together with the locals at Simongan Hill.

As they were the followers of Islam, they spread Islamic religion and explained to people the benefits of becoming a Muslim. Besides, they also told the locals about their leader’s courage and generosity.

What Ong Keng Hong said was positively responded by the locals and they made up their mind to build a symbol of respe…