Archipelago

W. Java's Mt. Tangkuban
Parahu erupts

Mount Tangkuban Parahu in West Java has shown increased activity since Feb. 21, spewing volcanic ash and sand.

Head of the Center of Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation, Surono, said his office recorded another eruption on Wednesday at 5:59 a.m, adding that the latest eruption indicated that the mountain's volcanic activity had increased on a daily basis.

"Today's eruption was much stronger than the one on Feb. 21," said Surono in Bandung as quoted by kompas.com.

The eruption, he continued, lasted for around 8 minutes and sent ash around 30 meters from the Ratu Crater. On Monday, Surono added, that ash and sand was hurled as high as 500 meters from the crater.

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