Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Indonesia: Mount Slamet displays some volcanic activity

Mount Slamet in Central Java has been showing increasing volcanic activity in the last month, as it continues to erupt and spew lava and hot ash into the air.

An official monitoring the volcano, Luruh Nurkholis, told he logged 60 eruptions on Wednesday night.

He recorded lava sprays, reaching between 50 to 700 meters high above the summit, during night monitoring at a post in Gambuhanm Pemalang.

The alert status for the volcano has been at the second highest level since last month.

The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) has recommended five regental administrations in Central Java distribute facemasks in anticipation of the spewing of thick ash from the rumbling volcano.

The recommendation to the five regencies — Banyumas, Purbalingga, Pemalang, Tegal and Brebes — was made after the seismic activity of the volcano, which has begun spewing thick ash and molten lava from its crater, increased intensively.

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