The Jakarta Post | Mon, 03/09/2009 8:52 PM | National
The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center has placed Mount Semeru, East Java, on alert status following frequent eruptions from the volcano over the past month, tempointeraktif.com reported Monday. Head of the center, Surono, said his office had recorded volcanic earthquakes three times since Friday, and that Semeru had yet to show any signs of calming down.
"We suspect the tremors indicate the movement of magma from the core of the mountain to higher ground," Surono said in Bandung. On Saturday and Sunday, Semeru erupted 42 times and 63 times, respectively. "Between midnight and 6 a.m., the mountain erupted 18 times," he said. Surono said his office had warned all visitors and sand miners to temporarily keep clear in case of showers of magma. (ewd)