Mount Sinabung's on the news there too? XD Yeah, it's quite an explosion since we haven't had a volcanic eruption for quite sometime around Sumatra-Java. It erupted twice in three days! ._.
Hope you're not affected Rianna where you live! I just had a look at some clips from the BBC.
Sumbawa and Lombok are straight south from Sulawesi (they are around Nusa Tenggara, both west and east) and straight east from Jakarta, if you're on your way to Australia. It makes it quite confusing, they drifted far too north then. Yet it's just 200 miles (...how far is that in kilometers again?). One possible explanation is that perhaps the map Hergé used in the past was different from the one we are using. Perhaps in his version of map Celebes seas was somehow near Sumbawa and Lombok. But yeah, what Robbo said, they may have gotten further before changing course.
As you say, nothing better than getting the view of someone who knows and lives in that part of the world.
Interesting point you make about what map Herge used; maybe the Celebes Sea was marked on his map and not the Flores or Banda, and he assumed it was part of the Celebes.
is quoted even in the original French edition not kilometers. About 440km I believe.
As for the Krakatoa reference, it is quite possible. I've watched the movie, learnt about the eruption, whoa. >.< I'm just glad I wasn't born yet. I'm not sure about the going backwards thing though... XD
And Krakatoa does look like the Island drawn by Herge.
So the going backwards idea is a no-goer eh? :)