Cinangka, Banten (ANTARA News) - Smoke from Mt Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait had reached a height of 50 meters which could be clearly observed from the monitoring post in Cinangka, Serang regency, Banten province, a spokesman said.

Head of the Mt Anak Krakatau monitoring post in Pasauran village Anton Tripambudi said on Sunday the fumes once in 2011 had reached a maximum of 200 meters. "The Pasauran monitoring post watched the smoke to reach as high as 200 meters several weeks ago," he said.

The color of the fumes was still as before, namely white. "The fumes were very thin, like yesterday," he said.

In the meantime, a residents in Anyer, Kusnadi, said Mt Anak Krakatau was seen vaguely. "The fumes were not clearly observable from the Anyer Beach like yesterday," he said.

He said the trembles of the mountain whose status had been raised to alert, was not like last year`s. "Last year, when the mountain was declared in the alert status, we could clearly see its fumes coming out of its crater," he said.

He also said the tremors of the mountain in 2010 were very hard, strongly rattling the windows of houses on the coast.

And last year`s tremors caused a lot of panic to residents, due to the strong rattling of windows. "Many residents in the coastal areas in Anyer moved to higher ground, afraid of a possible tsunami," he said. (*)

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