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Activity increases at Mount Slamet 1 May 2009

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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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News
Slamet rumbles as residents brace for eruptionJakarta Globe, 27 April 2009
Government considered slow in anticipating Mount Slamet eruption – Tempointeraktif.com, 28 April 2009
Mt. Slamet spreading ash over wider areaThe Jakarta Post, 30 April 2009

Information
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

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More volcanic alerts in Indonesia 22 April 2009

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To the ongoing concerns about activity at Kerinci and Krakatau, must be added new alerts for Slamet, Java’s second-highest volcano and one of its most active, and Paluweh (also known as Rokatenda) in the Lesser Sunda Islands, which last erupted in 1985. The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) has raised the alert levels for both volcanoes from the lowest level of Normal to the next highest level of Yellow (Indonesian: Waspada).

Local news reports speak of a higher frequency of earthquakes at Paluweh, 23 per day up from an average of 2 per day in early April, while Slamet has apparently doubled its normal daily earthquake rate to 97 per day, a white plume has been rising to 300 metres above the crater, and water temperatures have risen.

Three volcanoes are currently on the second-highest alert level of Orange (Siaga) in Indonesia: Semeru, Karangetang and Ibu. Thirteen – including, now, Slamet and Paluweh (Rokatenda), are at Yellow (Waspada).

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News
Activity of three volcanos increasesJakarta Post, 22 April 2009

Information
Global Volcanism Program: Slamet – summary information for Slamet (0603-18=)
Global Volcanism Program: Paluweh – summary information for Paluweh (0604-15=)
Pusat Vulkanologi & Mitigasi Bencana Geologi – News and information portal for the Directorate of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, Indonesia

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