JAKARTA, 24 July 2019: After Friday’s eruption at Mount Bromo in Central Java the authorities banned visits to the crater until further notice, Asian Trails Indonesia reported Tuesday.
The ban on visits to the crater came into effect at the weekend. The notification prohibits visitors and residents from going within a 1 km radius of volcano’s crater rim.
The leading inbound tour operator said it would have an immediate impact on client bookings.
However it assured clients that they can still visit the viewpoint at Penanjakan, and vehicles will drive them to the parking area at the foot of Mount Bromo.
Clients will no longer be able to venture any further by foot as they could previously. To accommodate the new rule Asian Trails has made amendments to the touring activity.
Mount Bromo erupted on Friday afternoon according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) report.
The eruption caused tremors that lasted around seven minutes, triggering panic among residents.
Mount Bromo has been on Level 2 alert (caution) since 2016.
Mount Bromo, is an active volcano and part of the Tengger massif, in East Java, Indonesia. At 2,329 metres it is not the highest peak of the massif but is one of the most visited tourist attractions in East Java, Indonesia. (Wikipedia).