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Indonesia's First Volcano Museum Opens in Bali

Museum Gunung Api Batur Opens in Bangli, East Bali.

(6/20/2007) In early May 2007, Bali inaugurated its first Volcano Museum in Bangli. Opened as part of the 803rd anniversary of seat of the Bangli Regency, the Museum Gunung Api Batur was officially opened its Regent I Nengah Arnawa.

The Museum is located in Bangli, not far from Batur one Bali's active volcanic mountains. Intended to educate the public on both the dangers of volcanoes as well as the positive contribution they make to mankind, the Museum features interactive exhibits for children and computer animations.

Of the 129 volcanoes found in Indonesia, 80 are considered active with the potential of exploding any time in the near future. Of the 80 active volcanoes, 64 are considered sufficiently dangerous to surrounding population and are under continuous monitoring by the Volcanological Survey of Indonesia.