Thu, 04 Mar 1999

Anak Krakatau increasingly active

SERANG, West Java: Mount Anak Krakatau, a volcano standing in the Sunda Strait, has been showing increasing activity -- marked by occasional explosions -- since mid-February, local sources said here Tuesday.

People living closest to the volcano have continually been put under an "alert" status while tourists have been banned from visiting it.

The sources told Antara since November 1992 when it spewed lava, gravel and ash, the volcano had continued to be active all year long. It kept on spewing lava and ash to a height of 1,000 meters.