Saturday, April 29, 2006

Another volcano threatening Indonesia!

The Jambi provincial administration has warned residents on the slopes of Mt. Kerinci in West Sumatra to be on the alert due to the volcano's rising activity level.

The warning was given because the status of the volcano could easily change from "on alert" to "danger", Amir Syam, the Kerinci regency spokesman, said Friday.

"The regency administration has prepared a disaster mitigation coordination unit to evacuate residents if the volcano erupts," Amir said.

He said the mountain had been increasingly active since October 2004, when it spewed ash into the air to a height of about 600 meters.

The mountain was closed to the public following an earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale on April 24, he added.

According to the nearby Kayu Aro Meteorology and Geophysics Agency, the last eruption of the mountain was in 1970. Previous eruptions were in 1964, 1963, 1960 and 1952.

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