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Jakarta Post

Mount Rinjani reopened for hikers after sub-volcano eruptions

  • Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara   /   Mon, December 5, 2016   /  05:49 pm
Mount Rinjani reopened for hikers after sub-volcano eruptions Smoke plume: Mount Barujari , the sub-volcano of the better known Mount Rinjani, spews volcanic ash as seen from Bayan subdistrict in North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, on Sept. 27. (Antara/Santanu Bendesa)

After months of closure, the hiking routes on Mount Rinjani in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, have finally been reopened although trekkers are still prohibited from reaching the top of the volcano.

Mount Rinjani National Park (TNGR) head Agus Budi Santosa said RInjani was reopened after the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry's geological agency had approved clearance  last month on the status of Mt. Barujari, a sub-volcano of Mt. Rinjani, which recently erupted.

“However, the top of the volcano remains off limits. Hikers are also prohibited from setting up camps within a 2-kilometer radius from Mt. Barujari,” he said on Monday.

Mt. Rinjani, which stands at 3,726 meters, is the second-tallest volcano in Indonesia after Mt. Kerinci on the border of West Sumatra and Jambi provinces. (hwa)

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