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Saturday, June 25, 2011

August 2010 eruption

On 29 August 2010 (local time), the volcano experienced a minor eruption after several days of rumbling. Ash spewed into the atmosphere up to 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) and lava was seen overflowing the crater. The volcano had been inactive for four centuries with the most recent eruption occurring in 1600. On 31 August, 6,000 of the 30,000 villagers who have been evacuated returned to their homes. In Indonesia the volcano was assigned category “B”, because it was not active for more than 400 years, which means it is not necessary for it to be monitored intensively. (Other volcanoes, in category “A”, must be monitored frequently).Surono, head of the Indonesian national volcanology and geology agency. says he plans to lift the evacuation order in a week or two if the situation does not change. The Indonesian Red Cross Society and the Health Ministry of Indonesia sent doctors and medicines to the region. The National Disaster Management Agency is providing thousands of face masks and food to assist the evacuees.


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