Indonesia

With over 13,000 islands, Indonesia is best known for its luxurious Bali tourist resorts. However the country is also home to the highest concentration of active volcanoes in the world. Indonesia has suffered from every kind of volcanic disaster, from mudflow to pyroclastic flow, from earthquake to tsunami. In fact it was the devastating wave that hit Sumatra in 2004 that turned the word “tsunami” into one commonly used outside of scientific spheres. Despite this sad fame, Indonesia continues to attract a steady flow of tourists from all around the world; A flow that is only rarely interrupted by events such as those of this January.

Mount Bromo, a volcano situated in east Java, came to life Thursday January the 27th disgorging massive clouds of ash.  The volcano had been “rumbling” since November but the alert level that had been set to red, had been lowered in the month preceding the eruption. None of the inhabitants were injured, but the volcano may have caused some damage to those livelihoods related to tourism or air-travel, due to the large quantity of ash produced by the volcano more than 30 international flights were cancelled in the three days following the eruption.

By Clara Lang-Ezekiel, added February 22nd 2011

More information at:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5hXhX6Z1FSpKepPeyT7h__iVkjsIg?docId=5775157

http://www.volcano.si.edu/world/region.cfm?rnum=06&rpage=highlights

http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110130-261171.html

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2 Responses to “Indonesia”

  1. Alan Bates Says:

    Hi Clara

    Excellent blog entry and the photo was magnificent! Where did it come from? A specific reference to the source is always welcome.
    Keep up with the good work!

    Alan (Mature – in age at least – student from the Open University, )UK

  2. I wanted to encourage you and to make some comments

    Just some feedback, not that I’m perfect
    Why are you blogging? Who is it for? Whats in it for me?
    A nice photo, but where? what volcano? You refer to Bromo, I guess it’s that?

    Its a good start, but take care with your English. Some examples are here:
    Indonesia has suffered from every kind of volcanic disaster, from mudflow(s) to pyroclastic flow(s), (and from) earthquake(s) to the infamous(or notorious or tragic?) tsunami.
    ‘sad fame’ could be infamy or notoriety, and at the end of the sentence, the semi colon isn’t followed by a capital letter , and this sentence “None of the inhabitants were injured, but the volcano may have caused some damage to those livelihoods related to tourism or air-travel, due to the large quantity of ash produced by the volcano more than 30 international flights were cancelled in the three days following the eruption.” is too long and over complex. Its jarring to read.
    Is tourism a major industry for this region? If so, these events could really have major economic consequences. You miss the link to Eyjafjallajökull and its impact on the European economy. Indonisia is a poorer region and the consequences go deeper.
    The volcanoes cause problems, but you dont talk of solutions.I don’t suppose that there are many, but you could mention in passing the government’s reaction and evacuation plans. Perhaps a quick mention on how dangerous or not the volcano is (without being a doommonger), last eruptions, eruptive history, etc.

    The links look good, but perhaps make reference to them in your blog thus ‘according to ‘link’ blah blah blah is true’

    Sorry if all this sounds pedantic and so on, like I said no one’s perfect and the goal isn’t to discourage you. I hope you improve. I know I need to.

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