Monday, January 16, 2006

Indonesia, currently a hot zone!

Head of the Volcanological and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center(PVMBG) Yousana OP Siagian said at least 10 volcanoes in Indonesia have been declared to be in alert status."PVMBG office will continue its coordination with volcanoes-monitoring posts in the country in a bid to watch their activities," he said as contacted by Antara through a phone call here on Friday, Kazinform cites ANTARA.

Yousana said the ten volcanoes in second level alertness status are Mount Merapi and Mount Talang in West Sumatra, Mount Anak Krakatau in Lampung, Mount Semeru in East Java, Mount Kerinci in Jambi, Mount Egon in Flores, Mount Lokon Soputan in North Sulawesi and Mount Dukono in Halmahera.In the meantime, a volcano in third level alertness is Mount Karang Etang in North Sulawesi.

To anticipate a natural disaster caused by a volcano, the PVMBG office has established coordination with the respective provincial administrations."With regard to the volcanic activity of Mount Semeru, it is learned that it has specific characteristics because of its high frequency of minor eruptions," he said.However, he further added that the small eruptions of Mount Semeru would not jeopardize the people living on the slopes of the mountain because the distance between the danger areas and their homes is quite great.

Therefore, he asked the people living in the foot of Mount Semeru not to worry and panic following the small eruptions.Earlier, it was reported that many hectares of tomato, chilli and cabbage in some areas of Lumajang district and Malang were totally destroyed by rains of dust from Mount Semeru in the past few days, causing many farmers to harvest their crops earlier.T

he rain of dust from the highest volcano in Java in the past few days had affected the local farmers, because hundreds of hectares of their crops were damaged.The most affected areas are those on the slopes of Mount Semeru such as Tempusari, Pronojiwo, Candipuro, Tempeh and Senduro.

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