Close
Bali Discovery Tours: Homepage
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from balidiscovery.com
Home Bali Contact Bali Practicalities Bali News Bali Services Bali Transportation Bali Sports Bali Excursions Bali Villas Bali Hotels
Home · News · Central Java Threatened by a Brewing Mount Merapi
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from balidiscovery.com
Bali Hotels
Bali Villas
Special Deals!
Packages
MICE Handling
Bali Excursions
Culinary - Dining
Guided Tour
Bali Spas
Bali Sports
Diving
Golf
Bali Transportation
Car Rental - Selft Drive
Private Jet Charter
Bali News
Bali Services
Bali Practicalities
Bali Contact
Bali Career
Home
 
Bali Update
Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter!
 
PATA header
PATA Gold Award 2007
Bali Update
PATA Gold Award Winner 2007
 
Bali Contact
Bali Discovery Tours
Komplek Pertokoan
Sanur Raya No. 27
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai,
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

Tel:
++62 361 286 283

Fax:
++62 361 286 284

U.S.A. Fax:(toll free)
1-800-506-8633

U.K. Fax:
++44-20-7000-1235

Australian Fax:
++61-2-94750419

24h:
++62 812 3819724

Bali Discovery

SITE PATA ASITA
Bali News

Central Java Threatened by a Brewing Mount Merapi

Scientist Think Central Java's Ancient Mt. Merapi May Be Gearing Up for a Cataclysmic Explosion.


Bali News: Central Java Threatened by a Brewing Mount Merapi
Click Image to Enlarge

(10/25/2010)

Scientists are fearing that the ancient volcano of Mount Merapi in Central Java may be in imminent danger of a cataclysmic explosion that could threaten the lives of some 53,600 people living in the mountain's shadow in the districts of Magelang, Boyolali, Klaten and Sleman.

Lava flows from the mountain into the Gendol river have scientist concerned that the mountain is about to blow its top. Measurements of distention on the slope of the mountain and high gas pressure reading all point that a Plinian eruption may be in the works.

There are four broad classifications for volcanoes in the world with Plinian among the most violent and destructive. Often likened to a nuclear explosion, these geological events can, in fact, produce mushroom clouds or clouds in the form of an Italian pine tree. Extremely destructive, Plinian eruptions are exemplified by the explosion of Mt. St. Helen in the U.S.A. in 1980 or Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. These types of explosions can level forests, strip soil and obliterate anything in the path of the blast.

Plinian eruptions offer a violent contract to the other main types of eruptions Hawaiian, Strombolian and Vulcanian which though dangerous in their own right, are generally less cataclysmic in nature that a Plinian event.

Merpati is one of the world's most active volcanoes. It's last significant eruption was in June 2006 where pyroclastic flows killed to people.

Quoted in the Jakarta Globe, But Surono of the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency (PVMBG) said, "we believe Merapi will erupt explosively, as it did in 1930, and not just spew gas like in 2006."

The 1930 eruption was a Plinian eruption which leveled 13 villages and killed 1,400 people.

Rains, clouds and poor visibility are hampering scientists trying to measure the mountain's distention. Last week the volcanic cone was growing by 8.5 centimeters per day, increasing to 16.4 centimeters per day on Friday, October 22, 2010.

Sri Sumarti who head the Merapi team of the Volcano Investigation and Technology Development Institution (BPPTK) warned the mountain is becoming increasing active, "we've also seen a dramatic increase in the number of multiphase volcanic earthquakes, from 321 on Friday to 525 on Saturday."

Expecting the worse, the government has set aside Rp. 25 billion (US$2.8 million) to respond to the expected eruption. The police and military are on standby to deal with refugees and victims. The human exodus of farmers has begun with many agrarians distraught at being forced to abandon pets and livestock at their traditional homes.

While the mountain is clearly entering a highy active phase, it's anybody's guess when and if Mount Merapi will blow and whether on not it will be a slow boil and melt, or provide a more worrisome massive geophysical event.


© Bali Discovery Tours. Articles may be quoted and reproduced if attributed to http://www.balidiscovery.com.


 
 
Bali News by Bali Update
Subscribe to the Bali Update
Receive the latest news from Bali by email!



Our [Privacy Statement] explains how we handle the data you are providing.

 
Bali News by Bali Update
Explore the Archive of the Bali Update
Find related articles in our news archive!




or try to use Google Search :

Home · Bali Hotels · Bali Villas · Bali Excursions · Bali Sports · Bali News · Site Map · RSS

Bali News: More News
When You Gotta Go, You Gotta Go
27-Year Old Australian Man Standing Trial in April 2014 Hijacking Scare on a Bali-Bound Virgin Australia Flight
(10/31/2014)
Now, Let us Pray
Religious Affair Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin Proposes Legislation to End Religious Persecution in Indonesia
(10/31/2014)
Bali's Man at the Presidential Palace
A.A. Gede Ngurah Puspayoga is Sole Balinese Named to Joko Widodo's Presidential Cabinet
(10/31/2014)
Vox Populi in Bali
Province of Bali Introduces Monthly Open Forum to Allow Citizens to Voice Criticism and Recommendations to Provincial Officials
(10/31/2014)
Conned by Condotels?
Marketer and Developer of Swiss-Belhotel Bali Condotel Project in Bali Being Sued by Unhappy Purchasers
(10/31/2014)
When Governments Fail to Act
Bankruptcy of Kintamani Restaurants Blamed on Bad Governance
(10/31/2014)
Arief Yahya Named Indonesia's Minister of Tourism
President Joko Widodo Picks Telkom CEO to be Indonesia's Tourism Czar
(10/31/2014)
Christmas Holiday Start for AirAsia X Bali-Melbourne Service
Indonesia AirAsia X to Start Flights Five Times Each Week Bali-Melbourne on December 26, 2014
(10/31/2014)
Tourism Drawing Lines in the Sand
Indonesian Minister of Tourism Label Malaysia and Thailand as 'Common Enemies' of Indonesian Tourism - Calling for Better Information Technology and Enhanced Hygiene
(10/31/2014)
Will Bali Put Crooked Moneychangers Out of Business?
Bank Indonesia Changing Registration Rules for Bali Moneychangers
(10/31/2014)
Beyond Bali
ASITA Calls on New Tourism Minister to Focus on More than Merely Bali in Designing Tourism Policies
(10/31/2014)
Be it Never so Humble
Export of Knockdown House from Bali Remains Sluggish
(10/31/2014)
All [News]!