Another tsunami heading to Indonesia? New cracks

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Indonesia is bracing for possible effects of new cracks found on Anak Krakatau volcano.

The head of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), Dr. Dwikorita Karnawati, told reporters today that they are asking the public to be vigilant if they plan to be in the 500-meter zone around the coast. Said Dr. Karnawati, despite the fact that they  have spotted these new cracks, the volcanic activity has been decreasing.

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The concern right now is that if there is another eruption, the cracks might connect and weaken the slope, causing part of the mountain to collapse again, which could potentially lead to another tsunami.

A section of Anak Krakatau’s slope collapsed after it erupted on December 22, sliding into the ocean and displacing massive amounts of water that sent waves up to 5 meters high crashing into densely-populated areas on Sumatra and Java islands.

Indonesia’s latest tsunami is raising questions about the growth of the country’s tourism industry. What was once a picture-postcard destination and cornerstone of Indonesia’s push to ramp up its tourism industry is now in shambles.

Officials are talking about disaster preparations after Tanjung Lesung was struck by a deadly tsunami, putting the focus on the tourism sector’s plans for coping with natural catastrophes.

Arief Yahya, Indonesia’s Tourism Minister, said: “In terms of disaster, I think disasters can happen in any place in Indonesia. What is important, then, the most important thing is we have to provide a mitigation plan.”

Hotel owner, Poernomo Siswoprasetijo, said: “The government should build more structures that can survive waves, and also breakwaters so that if there’s a high wave, it can be anticipated and its strength can be minimized.”

The transport ministry is keeping an eye on volcanic ash so that it can determine if flights will need to be rerouted.