Via The Jakarta Post: As Mt. Sinabung rumbles on, Mt. Kelud fears rise. Excerpt:
While the eruptions from Mount Sinabung in Karo, North Sumatra show no signs of ending, people began to fear that Mount Kelud in Kediri, East Java could soon follow suit.
On Tuesday, warnings were circulating through cell phone messaging applications stating that Mt. Kelud’s status had reached high alert. The messages were accompanied by a photo depicting a violent eruption.
East Java Police Insp. Gen. Unggung Cahyono called on people to stay calm.
“They should ask security officers,” Unggung told reporters while visiting a Mt. Kelud monitoring post in Sugihwaras village, Ngancar district, Tuesday.
He said the status of the volcano was at level two — alert, the third-highest level — and not high alert — the second-highest — as stated by the message.
Unggung added that the photo being circulated was taken in 2007 when the volcano last erupted.
Meanwhile, the Malang administration has prepared officers, volunteers and the appropriate equipment from its chapter of Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) in anticipation of a possible eruption.
“There are two villages, Pandansari and Pondok Agung, in Ngantang district, Malang, located 10 kilometers away from Kelud’s crater,” said Malang PMI secretary Aprilianto, as quoted by Antara.
Meanwhile, evacuees from Mt. Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, have asked the government to implement a cash for work program of Rp 50,000 (US$4.10) per day as well as its relocation program.
The two programs were conveyed by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during his visit to Kabanjahe, Karo regency, two weeks ago.
“I want to join the cash for work program. My house, fields all have gone,” Saleh Sitepu, a Sinabung evacuee from Berastepu subdistrict, said on Tuesday.