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How Serious Mount Anak Krakatau's Activity Could Lead to Tsunami
Jimmy Hitipeuw | Minggu, 31 Oktober 2010 | 04:41 WIB
Reuters Anak Krakatau volcano spews ash and smoke in the Sunda Strait on October 27, 2010. The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center in Bandung, West Java has set the status of the volcano, situated east in the Sunda Strait, as alert, according to the local media. Picture taken October 27, 2010.

BANDUNG, - A senior  geologist said here on Saturday  the current activity of Mount Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait would not lead to a tsunami.

"Mount Anak Krakatau is a young strombolian volcano which will keep erupting but will not cause a tsunami," M Suchyar, head of the energy and mineral resoruces ministry’s geological agency, said.      He said the danger status of the mountain had been raised to a level above normal and the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center had recommended a ban on visits to the mountain. He stated the mountain which is located in the waters of the Sunda Strait  would continue to be active as a young volcano.

"Anak Krakatau’s eruption activity is in the active crater up to around 300 meter above  sea level. There will be no tsunami. People must not be provoked by rumors," he said.      He said the ash the mountain was emiting from time time was not  disturbing aircraft flights as it never reaches a height of more than 1,500 meters while the altitude of  flights is usually above 20,000 feet. According to him, Mount Anak Krakatau activity was being monitored intensively.

"Its activity does not affect flights but people may not come to the mountain because of its potential to emit volcanic materials," he said.   He added Anak Krakatau was a young volcano. It had risen from the sea to a height of 400 meters over the past 73 years, he said.




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