Activity increases at Mount Slamet 1 May 2009Posted by admin in activity reports, eruptions, Indonesia, Slamet.
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Slamet volcano in central Java is continuing to increase its eruptive activity, according to reports in the Indonesian press. The area being affected by Slamet’s ash is widening, with ashfall reported in parts of Purbalingga regency, 50 kilometres to the south-east. The head of the volcano observation division of the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG), Agus Budianto, is quoted as reporting that ‘The lava sprays are also increasing. We therefore call on local residents to stay alert’. Officials are recommending that local residents wear masks to protect themselves from the ash, but say that the alert level for Slamet remains at the second-highest level of Orange (Siaga) and that no evacuations are necessary.
Reports earlier this week spoke of Slamet producing frequent bursts of ash and erupting lava 600 metres above the summit. There has been criticism of the regional governments around Slamet for responding too slowly to the increased activity at the volcano and failing to keep people informed: ‘villagers living near Mount Slamet have not been informed about what to do if an eruption occurs’.
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Slamet rumbles as residents brace for eruption – Jakarta Globe, 27 April 2009
Government considered slow in anticipating Mount Slamet eruption – Tempointeraktif.com, 28 April 2009
Mt. Slamet spreading ash over wider area – The Jakarta Post, 30 April 2009
Global Volcanism Program: Slamet – summary information for Slamet (0603-18=)
Pusat Vulkanologi & Mitigasi Bencana Geologi – News and information portal for the Directorate of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, Indonesia