Mt Bromo Alert Lowered

JAKARTA Scientists have lowered the alert status of Java’s Mount Bromo from its highest level as the threat it posed to the surrounding area decreased. Bromo, a popular tourist attraction in East Java, began rumbling late last month and the government raised the eruption threat warning to the maximum red alert. “Its impact to its […]

Malang Airport Closed as Bromo Shoots Ash

MALANG The authorities closed Malang airport for the week on Monday as Mt Bromo shot ash into the sky over East Java, posing a risk to planes, officials said. The airport, about 25 kilometres west of Bromo, will be closed until December 4, Transport Ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan said. Bromo, a popular tourist attraction, began […]

Alert Issued over Bromo Volcano

JAKARTA The authorities have issued a “red alert” for an eruption at Mount Bromo volcano in East Java, less than a month after Mount Merapi volcano killed more than 300 people. “We raised the status of Bromo to the highest red alert level at 3.30pm today. There’s a chance of an eruption soon,” government volcanologist […]

Mt Merapi Spews Heat Clouds, Ash

YOGYAKARTA Mount Merapi volcano spewed heat clouds and ash on Monday as officials warned another eruption is expected, though possibly not as big as one that killed 34 people last week. Searing grey fumes and ash shot high into the sky and rolled down the slopes of the 2,914-metre mountain, Indonesia’s most active volcano, spreading […]

UPDATE 3: Java Train Crash Claims 36 Lives

PEMALANG At least 36 people were killed on Saturday when a passenger train slammed into the back of another train in Central Java, with rescuers freeing dozens more from the mangled wreckage, an official said. Police said human error was to blame for the accident, which happened before dawn at a station in Petarukan Pemalang, […]

Bali Gets Towering $240m to Solve Power Woes

DENPASAR The months-long series of electricity blackouts that struck Bali multiple times daily from October last year into January may be a thing of the past as state power firm PLN gears up to provide a new — if novel — solution for the voltage-deficient island. Recently installed PLN chief Dahlan Iskan, a dynamic private-sector […]