KEDIRI - The Center for Volcanology and Geology Disaster Mitigation has lowered the alert status of the Mount Kelud volcano earlier this morning because it's activity has been lower than in the past few days. This means that thousands of people can now return to their homes after three weeks of - sometimes forced - evacuations. "The volcano no longer has the energy needed for an explosive eruption that would threaten the lives of people living nearby," said chief volcanologist Surono.
Thousands of people from villagers close to Kelud's crater lake have heeded evacuation orders and been staying at tent camps or government buildings, but many have ignored the warnings and remained in the danger zone. The government agency said Kelud remained on the second highest alert level and told villagers to remain alert because the mountain was very unpredictable. It said that villagers could return home, but not to venture close to the crater which was still emitting smoke.