Some time ago I visited the region for the first time, and see first hand how the land (predominantly sand) has been re-decorated and lush greenery, thanks to the minerals out of the belly of the mountain.
This is one of the findings of the research cooperation between Indonesia Institute of Sciences (LIPI), the Ministry of Research and Technology, Japan Science and Technology (JST) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) presented on Tuesday (5/1/2012) at COREMAP office LIPI, Jakarta.
VIDEO. Karangetang volcano erupts. General evacuation in Indonesia.