Bandung: Mount Tangkuban Perahu has been reopened to tourists after the Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) lowered the volcano's status to the lowest alert Level I or Normal.
As one of the popular tourist attractions in West Java Province, hundreds of tourists visit the volcano's crater daily, but the site had been closed for any public activities since July owing to the eruptions.
"At the alert Level I of Normal, all tourists and climbers are suggested to not walk down to the crater of Mount Tangkuban Perahu as well as other nearby active craters," PVMBG chief Kasbani stated at the PVMBG office in Bandung on Monday.
Nevertheless, he cautioned that the crater might emit noxious gas that can be detrimental to public health.
When the volcano’s alert status reached Level II or Waspada (cautious), the office restricted public activities within an around 1.5-kilometer radius from the crater.
On a separate occasion, the Tangkuban Perahu tourist operator office's head, Putra Kaban, claimed he will adhere to the instructions of the mitigation center.
"We reopened today, and the operational hours will return to normal," he added.
This year, the volcano erupted thrice in July 26, August 2, and September 7. However, the police confirmed no casualties from the eruptions.