The tremor activity of Mount Bromo in East Java is still high but the status remains at Alert III said on Saturday the head of the monitoring station of the volcanology agency, geology and disaster mitigation (PVMBG), Subhan Ahmad.
« The volcanic activity of the volcano 2329 meters high is still high and the tremors are fluctuating with a growing trend,« he said in the post of village Ngadisari, Sukapura, Probolinggo.
On December 12, from 6:00 to 12:00 hours, the tremor was recorded with a maximum amplitude between 3 and 22 millimeters but with a dominant amplitude to 5 millimeters.
« Visually the mountain can be seen clearly with clouds. The weather is nice with temperatures between 15 and 22 degrees Celsius and a breeze blowing gently, « he has said.
The smoke emissions of the crater were noted to black gray color with a maximum thickness and strong pressure pushing up the column between 200 meters and 400 meters in South West direction.
Visually, a medium-intensity rain, with a rate of 4 millimeters of rainfall was also observed on the mountain, but the state of danger of the volcano remains at alert level.
« The spread of volcanic ash is determined by the direction and wind speed. In the last six hours, he went to the West and the South West towards the regions of Pasuruan and Malang, « he has said.
Based on the recommendations of PVMBG, an area with a radius of 2.5 kilometers around the crater was closed for tourists as well as the activities of the villagers.
« I appeal to villagers and tourists not to carry out activities within 2.5 km around the crater because the thick mountain sulfur cloud could cause respiratory problems and sudden small explosions from the crater can happen « he has said.
Tourism activity on Mount Bromo has been closed since December 4, until further notice.
« We continue to coordinate with the PVMBG, following the activity of Mount Bromo and due to the high alert level III, we closed the tourist area of Bromo for any type of activity, » he said .
December 13, 2015. Bromo, Indonesia :
Source : Antaranews .
Photos : Øystein Lund Andersen