Indonesia’s volcanic tilt continues: Mud volcano alert raised on news of eruption

September 22, 2011E. JAVA, IndonesiaAuthorities in East Java have raised the alert level for the mudflow spewing from an underground volcano in Sidoarjo after nearby dikes nearly failed. The mudflow has destroyed hundreds of homes, swamped 720 hectares of land and displaced more than 11,000 people since it began erupting in late May 2006. “The situation is alarming,” said Achmad Khusaeri, a spokesman for the Sidoarjo Mudflow Mitigation Agency (BPLS), adding that the underground volcano had begun to erupt again after lying virtually dormant for years. The mudflow had fallen from an average of 100,000 cubic meters per day in 2009 to 13,000 cubic meters per day last year. Achmad said the authorities had added another meter to the height of the dikes as well as reinforcing them with rocks held together by chicken wire. BPLS officers are also monitoring the dikes 24 hours a day. Dwi Arisanto, an official at state railway operator Kereta Api Indonesia, said tracks along the disaster-hit area were being reinforced. “We are also limiting train speeds to no more than 20 kilometers per hour,” he said. East Java Governor Sukarwo said the surge was happening in eastern Sidoarjo, while in the west the mudflow had receded. The provincial government, he said, was channeling the surging mud to the area’s less-populated south. Sukarwo added that rain could also worsen the surging mudflow and cause the dikes to weaken. The governor visited the Presidential Palace on Tuesday, urging the central government to push Minarak Lapindo Jaya, the holding company of the gas drilling operation that is widely blamed for the mudflow, to expedite its compensation scheme. –Jakarta Globe 
Volcanic catastrophism: Indonesia now has 29 volcanoes on alert status, not including the mud volcano. The number is up from 22 just 3 weeks ago. The latest volcano alerts come from Lewotobi Laki-Laki which was given an alert status Level 2. The volcano last erupted in 2003. –The Extinction Protocol
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6 Responses to Indonesia’s volcanic tilt continues: Mud volcano alert raised on news of eruption

  1. The following link provides photos to give an idea of what the volcano and surrounding area look like:
    http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/06/sidoarjos_manmade_mud_volcano.html

  2. luisport says:

    Repeated eruptions from the Sakurajima volcano have produced large amounts of ash draping the city center Sept. 15, the Kagoshima Local Meteorological Agency said. Eruptions from the volcano overlooking the city of Kagoshima began on Wednesday morning, dumping 217 grams of ash per square meter (7 ounces per 10 square feet), the third-highest level of ash to fall since records began in 1994. Volcanic ash covered much of Kagoshima’s Tenmmonkan entertainment and business district on Thursday morning, visibly forming clouds as cars drove through it and many pedestrians covering their faces with towels or surgical masks to avoid breathing it in. http://www.newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/91999.php

  3. luisport says:

    Shérine France on September 23, 2011, 5:21 AM

    Signs of activity of Mount Tambora seem down Erik speaks in OurAmazingPlanet
    The danger zone could be extended because the activity of both Mount Lewotobi Perempuan and Laki-laki Lewotobi their activity increased

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