24 Aug 11 – Indonesia’s highly active Mount Papandayan volcano is in imminent danger of erupting, the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency warned on Wednesday.
The prediction was based on the increasing activity of the volcano, the agency said on its Web site.
“The volcano has more energy compared to its last eruption in 2002,” said agency head Surono on Tuesday.
Papandayan, in Garut, West Java, has shown an alarming increase in activities. Between Aug. 19 and 20, there were 45 earthquakes.
“If the quakes increase to 60, an eruption will happen,” said Surono. If that happens, “the annual exodus [mudik] routes will be blocked and 16 subdistricts in Garut will be isolated.”
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