Saturday, August 02, 2008

Indonesian volcano breaks record amount of eruptions

Mount Anak Krakatau which lies off the western tip of Java Island saw 522 eruptions on Tuesday, spewing clouds of gravel and toxic gas.

"That`s why officers are banning visitors from climbing the volcano because it is still spewing clouds of gravel," chief of the Anak Krakatau monitoring post Anton Tripambudi said on Tuesday.He said the officers only advised visitors to stay at a distance of one kilometer from the volcano to avoid hot clouds of gravel which reaches up to 1,500 degrees Celsius.

The Bandung-based Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) lowered the volcano`s status to the second alert level on July 3.But he said the volcano showed signs of increased activity over the past few days as the newly formed crater in the volcano`s southern hill was getting larger.

"On Tuesday, the number of eruptions together with volcanic earthquakes were on the increase compared to 435 two days ago," Anton said.

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