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Jakarta Post

Mt Baru Jari spews ash

  • Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 4 2009   /  03:00 pm

Mt Baru Jari, Mt Rinjani's caldera, sprayed thick ash on Sunday, forcing the closure of the popular tourist destination in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. "The first eruption happened on May 2 at about 4 p.m. It spread thick ash. Its status has been increased to alert. Hiking on Mt Rinjani has been suspended temporarily," Head of the province's mining, energy and mineral resources agency, Heriyadi Rachmat, told The Jakarta Post on Sunday. Heriyadi disclosed the increasing activity of Mt Baru Jari was detected when four tremors hit on May 29. He said his agency recorded four tectonic quakes in the area on the following morning, lasting between 70 seconds and 120 seconds each. "The peak of the activity was on Saturday with four tremors and the eruption of thick ash," He explained. Herriyadi said a team from the National Volcanology and Disaster Mitigation agency has hi...