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Mt. Batur alert raised to `caution'

  • Desy Nurhayati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 11 2009   /  05:19 pm

The Volcanology and Mitigation Department of Geology Agency has raised the status of Mount Batur in Bangli regency from "normal" to "caution" due to increased volcanic activity. The 1,717-meter volcano has shown an increase in tremor frequency from less than five per day to 60 per day, an official at the Anak Agung Anom Karsono monitoring station said Tuesday. "Although there has not been any visible signs, we have noticed a significant increase of volcanic activity since September. During the month, there were as many as 21 deep and 11 shallow volcanic tremors." During October, seismographs recorded as many as 28 deep and 20 shallow volcanic tremors. Since Nov. 1 there have been 53 deep and 83 shallow volcanic tremors. "We decided to raise the status from *normal' to *caution' due to the significant changes," Karsono said, adding that continuous monitoring had been ...