Saturday, August 23, 2008

Indonesian volcano erupts 120 times in one day

Mt Anak Krakatau in the Sunda strait had 120 eruptions and quakes throughout Monday, prompting the Volcanological and Geological Disaster Mitigation Centger to declare the volcano and its surroundings in level-2 alert status.

"Even now the volcano is still spewing red-hot lava and thick smoke," monitoring personnel in Pasuruan village, Cinangka subdistrict, Serang regency, said. However, the frequency of the eruptions and quakes had been declining compared to those in the last two days.

For the time being, unless the volcano`s activities picked up, the area are safe for tourists, but only in a radius of one kilometer form the center of the eruptions.

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