When I first saw on CNN last night about the eruption of yet another volcano in Indonesia, fellow-blogger, KhengSiong, came to mind and how relieved he must have been not to have been caught in a situation of chaos and anxiety which is naturally associated with natural disasters.
KhengSiong's recent travel to East Java included a visit to Mount Bromo. Pictures on his blog show Mount Bromo belching smoke as viewed from another volcano nearby. From Mount Penanjakan at 2,770m, one can get a good view of Mount Bromo at 2,392m.
Mount Bromo, in East Java, is one of four volcanic cones located in an ancient volcano, Tengger. Together with the sand sea, the Tengger Sand Sea (known in Indonesian as Laut Pasir Tengger) and other features including four lakes and 50 rivers, the total area of 5,250 hectares at an altitude of about 2,100m is known as Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. The Tengger Sand Sea has been protected since 1919. The Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park was declared a national park in 1982.
Where is Mount Bromo? For an idea of the location of Mount Bromo, here's a map borrowed from The Jakarta Post.
A day earlier, the volcano which last erupted in 2004, spewed volcanic ash out to a radius of 10 kilometers. On Tuesday evening, the ash covered Ngadirejo village in Pasuruan regency, impacting on visibility. More info on Mt. Bromo’s activities start subsiding.