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Jakarta Post

Surono: A modern gatekeeper of volcanoes

  • Sri Wahyuni and Slamet Susanto

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Fri, November 12 2010   /  10:30 am

Antara/Regina Safri Whenever there is talk of volcanoes erupting in Indonesia, Dr. Surono is bound to get a mention. The 65-year-old head of the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry is seen as the most reliable source of information on volcano eruptions.It comes as no surprise he has been in the limelight recently, with the ongoing Merapi volcano eruptions on the border of Yogyakarta and Central Java provinces.Even before the volcano’s alert status was increased to the highest level on Oct. 25, Surono’s scientific analysis of Merapi was headline news. He has frequently appeared on radio and television programs nationwide to provide detailed analysis on volcanic activity in the country.President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono formulates his evacuation policies based on Surono’s advice. He was specially invited to t...