The Jakarta Post
Anak Krakatau, which translates to Child of Krakatau, is seen at sunset. (Shutterstock/File)
The famed Mount Krakatau in Lampung, whose massive eruption in 1883 devastated the area and sent ominous ash clouds halfway across the globe, has come out as victor of the 2018 Volcano Cup Twitter poll.
“Kiwi volcanologist” Janine Krippner, who initiated the poll, said the activity aimed at raising awareness about volcanoes.
The #VolcanoCup Twitter thread, which documents the stages of the competition, shows that thousands had voted in the poll.
"After 27,056 total votes for all volcanoes throughout the 2018 #VolcanoCup, I pronounce KRAKATAU, INDONESIA, as the winner! Thank you all so much for helping to raise awareness about volcanic activity, hazards, risk and preparedness around the globe," Krippner Tweeted on Friday.
After a number of 27,056 total votes for all volcanoes throughout the 2018 #VolcanoCup, I pronounce KRAKATAU, INDONESIA as the winner!— Dr Janine Krippner (@janinekrippner) March 2, 2018
Thank you all so much for helping to raise awareness about volcanic activity, hazards, risk, and preparedness around the globe. pic.twitter.com/tHnLJ26NVZ
In the online poll, each country is represented by four volcanoes. Indonesia is represented by Mount Agung, Toba, Merapi and Krakatau.
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Like the group division in the World Cup, the Volcano Cup also divides 40 volcanoes into eight different groups.
Then, through voting on Twitter, the volcanoes pass through quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds.
In the finals, Mount Krakatau went up against Mount Taupo in New Zealand, before eventually coming out as the winner.
The 2018 Volcano Cup itself is not an official competition from international volcanic institutions but is rather an online campaign aimed at fostering discussions on volcanoes around the world.
"This is one of the ways to share facts on volcanoes, which of course, the public would want to know and discuss," said Devy Kamil Syahbana, an official at the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency (PVMBG), as reported by kompas.com. (liz/kes)