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Java on highest volcano alert

INDONESIA has raised its volcano alert for Mount Semeru in East Java to maximum, warning of potentially dangerous lava flows, the head of the country's volcanology center said yesterday.

The 3,376-meter Semeru is one of the most active volcanoes on Java island. Seven people were killed by the mountain's heat clouds in 1994.

The alert status was raised on Friday afternoon after the number of volcanic quakes indicated there may be a bigger eruption, said Surono.

"We don't want to evacuate residents around the mountain, but we warn those carrying out activities such as sand mining to avoid rivers because of lava flows," he said.


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