Indonesian scientists are closely monitoring a smoking volcano popular with tourists on Java island and are urging everyone to stay off the mountain’s slope.
Government volcanologist Hendra Gunawan said today that Mount Tangkuban Perahu in West Java province has spewed smoke and ash nearly 1,640 feet into the air since Monday. Scientists have put it on the second-highest alert level.
Debris and lava have not tumbled far, and nearby towns and villages remain safe. Authorities are warning tourists to stay at least a mile away from the crater because of the poisonous gas inside.
The 6,837-foot volcano is among Java’s most popular tourist attractions, and last erupted in 1983.
Visitors can usually hike to the crater’s edge to view boiling mud up close. (Breakingnews.ie)