June 14, 2006

Indonesia volcano back on highest alert level

JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian agency has raised the
alert status of Mount Merapi volcano to its highest level again
after it spewed more hot clouds, an official said on Wednesday,
a day after it downgraded the status.

"The status was upgraded at 2 p.m. because of the
increasing hot clouds," Triyani, an official at the state-run
volcano monitoring center, told Reuters.

Merapi in central Java, near the ancient royal city of
Yogyakarta, had been on the highest alert level since mid-May
until Tuesday when the center said decreasing volcanic activity
had made it less dangerous.