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Ash from Mount Kelud eruption spreads over all of Java JAKARTA - Volcanic ash from Mount Kelud in East Java has reached as far as Bandung, the capital of West Java 600 kilometers away, helped on its way by strong winds. “The ash first appeared around midday, after the Friday prayers,” said Deswanti Fitri, an owner of a bookstore in Balubur Town Square, Bandung.

Deswanti said that a thin blanket could be seen on parked cars and motorcycles and that people had rushed to buy face masks to protect themselves from respiratory problems. Deswanti said that the dust volume was also getting thicker.

“The dust got thicker in just two to three hours. One of my friends said it was only slightly visible before noon, but now it’s getting much more pronounced. Most people who are entering the shopping center are wearing masks,” said Deswanti whose store is inside the building.

Deswanti said that employees of stores that were located on the outer side of the building were already wearing masks. Santi Permatasari, a housewife, said that the dust was starting to hurt her eyes about 3 p.m. “I didn’t feel or see it before noon but now it’s getting really thick and it’s hurting the eyes,” she said.

Santi said that the ash felt like sand instead of dust. “It felt rough like sand when I wiped it from my chairs at home.” She said she could also feel the dust in her hair. It is very frustrating when it gets in your hair and you know you are going to have to wash it out later, she said.

Santi said that all the cars parked on Jalan Dago and Jalan Martadinata, popular shopping streets in Bandung, were all white because they were covered by the ash. She did, however, remark on the kindness people were showing to complete strangers.

“It’s good to see some gestures from the locals who care about others who are having a hard time at the moment. People were giving away face masks for free,” she said. Santi said the weather in Bandung had been windy since noon, which had made the ash problem even worse

Meanwhile, areas close to the erupting volcano, such as Pare and Nganjuk in East Java, were reporting a further hazard with small rocks from the volcano falling from the sky. Kediri, which is 25 kilometers from Mount Kelud, has been covered in layers of fine ash.

“You can’t even see the water in the swimming pool any more,” Rita Puspitasari, a writer, said referring to the ash that covered the pool in her house. Housewife Rina Fitriani said that the visibility in Wonosobo, almost 300 kilometers from Kelud, was about one to two kilometers in the morning.

“The situation was very difficult, everything was white, covered by dust,” Rina said. Rina said the situation in Wonosobo eased in the afternoon after the rains came down and cleared some of the ash.

Residents of Surabaya only realized that the winds had sent the volcanic ash to their city after dawn. “There was no panic. However, the people did rush to pharmacies to buy masks. Some pharmacies even ran out of stocks due to the high demand,” said Amir, a local resident.

Amir said the city’s education office had ordered students to stay at home. However, office workers were not affected by the order and still came to work. The situation in the country’s second-largest city remained normal when ash stopped falling about 10 a.m.


Tags: Mount Kelud, eruption, ash, cloud, cover, Java


Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 February 2014 03:12 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





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"She said she could also feel the dust in her hair. It is very frustrating when it gets in your hair and you know you are going to have to wash it out later, she said".

WOW!!! that's indeed terrible compared to all the other things that are affected by the volcanic ashes.



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Emoticon: Very funny yeah, well you have to complain about something right?



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