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PostSubject: Rinjani closed as eruptions intensify   Mon May 04, 2009 1:38 pm

Mount Rinjani Closed As Eruptions Intensify
Sunday, 03 May, 2009 | 20:05 WIB

Volcanologists at Mount Rinjani in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara Province closed the mountain as eruptions intensify since Monday (27/4). On Sunday, repeated explosion heard since 5.50 AM local time (4:50 Jakarta time), but activities escalating since Saturday (2/5) afternoon.

Mining and Energy office of West Nusa Tenggara Province reported a crater began to form at the eastern slope of the mountain. Heryadi Rahmad from the mining and energy office said the eruptions had not caused terrible impacts “but a small crater began to form” in the eastern part of the mountainous area at Mount Baru Jari.

Head of Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation, Surono told Tempo on Saturday (2/5) volcanic ash and smoke eruption heave reached to about 8.000 meters.

A team of geology, topography, and geodesy from the mining and energy office and geo-tourism, have started to observe the mountain since Monday (27/4) this week. Seismograph has been relocated from Sembalun (1.156 meters above sea level), known as one of the entry points for hikers to a higher point at Plawangan (2.641 meters).

The volcano is the second highest mountain in Indonesia at 3.726 meters above sea level, one of the most popular ecotourism sites in the country een among foreign tourists. The eruption is the latest major one recorded in five years. The last huge eruption was in 1994.
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