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article imageIndonesia issues 'red alert' for Mount Bromo volcanic eruption

By Andrew Moran     Nov 23, 2010 in World
Jakarta - The government of Indonesia has issued a "red alert" for a possible volcanic eruption at Mount Bromo. Residents within 3 kilometres (2 miles) of the volcano were urged to seek safer ground.
The nation of Indonesia cannot seem to catch a break when it comes to Mother Nature.
According to Agence-France Presse, the Indonesian government has issued the highest possible red alert level on Tuesday due to a possible volcanic eruption at Mount Bromo in the northern part of the country.
“We raised the status of Bromo to the highest red alert level at 3:30 pm (0830 GMT) today. There's a chance of an eruption soon,” said state volcanologist Surono.
Earlier this month, Mount Bromo began to rumble and clouds of white smoke and ash were rising from the crater of the 7,640-foot peak. Bromo continues to be one of the country’s most active volcanoes.
The government urged residents within the immediate vicinity to seek safer ground. However, the area surrounding Bromo is not densely populated. It is a popular tourist destination.
In 2004, the volcano erupted and killed two people.
On Tuesday, Indonesia experienced two moderate earthquakes. One, measured at 4.7-magnitude, occurred in Kepulauan Mentawai and the other, measured at 4.9-magnitude, struck in Halmahera.
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