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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Serang (ANTARA News) - After the Bandung-based Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has declared Mt Anak Krakatau in top alert status, tourists are strongly advised not to climb the volcano in the Sunda strait, because on certain times it was still spewing red-hot rocks and toxic gasses.

"We are still strongly advising tourists not to climb Mt Anak Krakatau," head of the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center Surono said in Bandung.

He said that after the activity of Mt Anak Agung has stopped recently, its status was lowered from alert III to alert II by the center in Bandung.

But tourists were still not allowed to ascend the volcano, except up to two kilometers from the cauldron which had been declared as top danger zone.

"We have also established coordination with the managers of tourist facilities, like hotels, in the area in warning guests not to ascend the mountain at all," he said.

There was a time, when the volcano was active, a French tourist tried to ascent the volcano, but later fainted after inhaling toxic gasses, and hit by flying red-hot rocks to his eventual death, Surono said.




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