Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Tourists and anyone are warned not to get closer than five kilometers from the crater of the angry Anak Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait, which is located between Java and Sumatra Islands.

The activities of the volcano are more intensive and threatening, therefore, the range of dangerous areas is set wider to five kilometers from the crater, head of the Information Data Center and spokesman of the National Agency for Disaster Control (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said here on Thursday.

"The people including tourists are not allowed to get closer than 5 kilometers from the crater of the volcano," Sutopo said.

Sutopo said volcanic activities of Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait had continued to increase.

On Thursday, from 00.00 to 06.000 local time Anak Krakatau continued to erupt sending hot volcanic ashes and other materials and thick clouds to the sky.

Meanwhile, the meteorology and geophysics office warned the people to stay at least 500 meters from the coast line to be safer from possibility of tsunami again.

Tsunami last weekend left more than 430 people dead in Banten and Southern Lampung coastal areas with hundreds of people still missing and thousands of other injured.

Tsunami was believed to have been triggered by big land slides under waters as a result of continued tremors and eruptions of Anak Krakatau .

Sutopo, therefore, called on the people to remain on the alert and monitor information for early warning about possible repeat of tsunami.

"Don`t easily believe hoax and false information sent by irresponsible people," he said.

Reporting by Dewanto Samodro, A Saragih
Editing by Eliswan Azly

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