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Jakarta Post

Visitors banned from entering Mt. Bromo

  • Wahyoe Boediwardhana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 28 2010   /  10:32 am

People wishing to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Mount Bromo have been advised to stay away from the area, which remains covered with a 1-centimeter thick layer of volcanic ash.“We recommend that people not visit the Mt. Bromo tourism area as the volcano is still erupting,” Gede Suantika, the head of the Mt. Bromo emergency response team, told The Jakarta Post on Monday.Visibility in certain areas is reduced to between 10 and 20 meters. On Monday, strong winds brought clouds of ash falling on Sukapura district.Gede said that although the strength of volcanic tremors decreased from 40 millimeters on Sunday to 35 millimeters on Monday, the volcano still spewed volcanic material 1,500 meters into the atmosphere.The ash is expected to affect tourism, with nearby hotels reporting damage to facilities.“We’ve received reports from 12 hotels that the ash has caused damage to their facilit...