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Jakarta Post

Locals told to be alert as Bromo rumbles

  • Wahyoe Boediwardhana

    The Jakarta Post

Probolinggo   /   Sun, November 28 2010   /  01:03 pm

Local authorities have called on villagers living around Mount Bromo to keep a watchful eye in anticipation of a larger eruption that could occur at anytime, an official says.Mt. Bromo Emergency Response Team chief Gede Suantika said that the amplitude of the shallow volcanic quake had reached 36 millimeters, or approaching the maximum amplitude of 40 millimeters, as occurred in 2004 when the volcano erupted and claimed the lives of two tourists.At least 20 shallow volcanic tremors took place for 12 hours on Saturday, Gede said.“Despite the rising volcanic activity, we don’t need to evacuate villagers because the rumbling slopes so far spewed [only] ash and sand,” he said, adding that his team would advise on evacuation should the volcano start expelling hot lava, rock grains and sand.Team deputy Lt. Col. Hery Setiono called for people not to panic. “We have prepared everything f...