Rinjani’s ‘Baby’ Cone Erupts
Lombok’s Mt Rinjani, Indonesia’s second-highest volcano, has sparked into life again with a significant eruption from Gunung Barujari, a secondary volcanic cone in the middle of the crater lake on the mountain, Anak Segara.
Local authorities have placed the mountain under “caution” for climbers and trekkers following a series of explosive eruptions that have thrown molten ash up to 1,500m into the air.
Gunung Barujani is 2,376m above sea level. Mt Rinjani itself is 3,726m.
The latest eruptions began on May 3 and on May 4 the mountain produced thick chocolate-coloured smoke.
The head of the disaster mitigation section of the West Nusa Tenggara mining and energy department’s geological and mineral resource service, Kun Dwi Santoso, said an explosion on May 3 created a 1,500m ash cloud.
A series of smaller explosions followed. On May 4 the Rinjani seismic station recorded a series of strong explosions.
Officials have declared the mountain’s northern slope under a general caution for those living near the mountain and climbers and trekkers.
Ash falling on the north slope of the mountain has also interfered with farmers’ crops.
Scientists are concerned that the volcano may increase in intensity, emitting more smoke and hot lava.
Authorities have also warned tourists and trekkers to stay away from Segara Anak, a popular scenic spot, because of the danger of poisonous gases accumulating on or near the lake.
The annual “climbing season” is now in full swing. Rinjani is closed to trekkers and climbers over the wet season because high winds, heavy cloud that fogs the slopes, and driving rain make the summit area extremely hazardous.Filed under: Headlines