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Rumbling volcano erupts again JAKARTA - An Indonesian volcano that has been rumbling for five days recorded its largest eruption yet on Friday, spewing clouds of ash and smoke high into the air, an official said. Mount Papandayan, on the country's main island of Java, first erupted Monday, forcing around 4,000 villagers living on or close to its slopes to flee.
Early Friday, Papandayan experienced its largest eruption yet, spewing plumes of thick smoke and ash to a height of 6 kilometers (3 miles), said Isya Dana, from the government's volcano monitoring body. The villagers, who have been staying at mosques away from the danger area, have been told not to return home, Dana said.
There were no signs of hot lava or clouds of poisonous gas that often accompany volcanic eruptions, he said. The main danger to villages close to the 2,821 meter-(9,255 foot-) high mountain was volcanic mudflows brought about by heavy rain over the crater, he said. The volcano is located in West Java province, about 180 kilometers (112 miles) southeast of Indonesian capital, Jakarta. There have been no reports of damage or casualties.
Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago nation, is home to hundreds of volcanoes, including at least 129 that are active. Papandayan's last major eruption was in 1942.


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Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 November 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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