23 November 2010
After Mount Merapi...Mount Bromo?
One of the positives of living in a country with lots of active volcanoes is that there are plenty of mountains to climb and plenty of excellent scenes to be photographed from the tops of these active mountainous regions. There are also some negatives. An active volcano is always in need at some point to be blowing off some steam.
Indonesia is a very big part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. Recently, Mount Merapi has erupted and caused much damage, including the loss of more than 300 lives. Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatau) has also been rumbling and people are being warned to keep their distance. Now, back into Java, Mount Bromo is also rumbling and spewing smoke and a little ash.
Mount Bromo is a really active volcano. It is a perennial eruptor, in that it goes for a minor eruption every year. But, the minor eruptions are sort of like just topping off the pressure that is building deep down in the earth. Vulcanologists are concerned enough that they have raised the warning levels on Mount Bromo and are encouraging villagers and tourists to stay away.
Mount Bromo is a very popular tourist spot. If you ever have the chance to climb it, then you should take the time to do so. The view from the top is spectacular. And, there is nothing quite like the sense of achievement one has in reaching the peak of a mountain.