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Indonesia reopens active volcano to tourists


3/31/2011

Published on Apr 1, 2011

Mount Bromo, in the East Java region of Indonesia, reopened to tourists yesterday five months after it closed due to increased volcanic activity in the area, local news portal, kompas.com has reported. The volcano, which forms part of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, rumbled into life late last year, and in January smoke from the crater disrupted flights to and from Bali. While there is still a potential threat, offi cials said that the external factors had demanded the reopening of the site. “Bromo has been named one of the icons of the ‘Visit East Java 2011’ campaign, so it has to be reopened,” Suwasto, head of the national park administration, told kompas.com. “We have installed warning signs to inform tourists of the danger,” he added. Tourists will also be forbidden from venturing into a two-kilometre exclusion zone around the crater. Meanwhile, authorities in East Java warned that another volcano in the national park, Mount Semeru, was showing increased signs of volcanic activity.

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