Mount Bromo's eruption in Indonesia paralyzes tourism

15:52, December 24, 2010      

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Mount Bromo's eruption in Indonesia's East Java province on Friday paralyzed tourism industry as hotels were closed due to thick ashes, detikcom online news reported on Friday.

Hotels of Lava View, Cemara and Bukit Cemara have not received any guest in the past couple of days as ash on the streets was as thick as 15-40 centimeters.

Besides, blackout since Tuesday has been posing difficulties for the hotels to operate. The condition was worsened by disturbed water supply, leaving no choice for the hotels but to cancel reservation.

"We have to shut power down since Tuesday. Increasing eruption is feared to trigger power shorting," said head of local police of Probolinggo regency Adj. Comm Zulfikar.

The volcanic center also warned air operators against volcanic ashes which could disrupt flight.

"There is a warning from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) that said the volcanic ashes does not just spread around the mountain but also to Sidoarjo and Surabaya cities, Madura Island, Pasuruan regency and to Java Sea. Flight sector must be aware of the condition," Setiawan, a forecaster at the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics of Juanda Airport in the provincial capital city of Surabaya, told suarasurabaya.net.

Source: Xinhua

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