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Indonesia prepares for possible volcanic eruption YOGYAKARTA - Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono asked all related institutions handling the Mount Merapi in Central Java to make a well-prepared plan to evacuate people living around the mountain in anticipation of a volcanic eruption. The president made the remarks on Mount Merapi which sits astride the border between Central Java and Yogyakarta, during his visit to Seribu Island on Sunday, Antara news agency reported.

Mount Merapi has been placed under an alert status on indications that it may erupt soon, head of Yogyakarta's Volcanology Technology Development and Research Center (BPPTK) Ratdomopurbo said last Thursday. "What I need is not only information saying that Mount Merapi is still active and may erupt soon, but also about the evacuation plan if something happens. We do not expect the life or material losses to happen," the president said.

Yudhoyono also asked the community living around the Mount Merapi not to be panicked, however, they should have alertness if the eruption happens immediately. Measures taken by the Ministry or Energy and Mineral Resources, provincial administrations of Central Java and Yogyakarta to monitor the volcanic mountain condition should continue, said Yudhoyono, adding that the officials working to monitor the Mount Merapi activities must conduct their round-the-clock work everyday.

The president also called on the local press to update their report about the activities of the Mount Merapi in a bid to inform the latest development of the volcanic mountain to help save the people.


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Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 April 2006 21:10 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





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