Mount Soputan Erupted on Wednesday (03/10) - Photo by National Disaster Management Agency

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation recommends that residents and visitors not engage in activities within the danger zone of Mount Karangetang on Siau Island, North Sulawesi. The volcanic activity of this mountain with lava avalanches occurred since November 2018.

In a written statement released on Monday (02/11), the agency said has issued a hazard estimation zone recommendation covering a radius of 2.5 kilometers from the summit of the two craters (north) and the main crater (south). In addition, the hazard zone also covers sectors from peak to west – northwest as far as 3 kilometers and to the northwest – north as far as 4 kilometers.

The impact of volcanic activity, 53 families (190 people) evacuated at some point. A total of 33 families (122 people) were in Paseng Shelter, 11 families (39) in Batubulan School, and 9 families (29) in relatives’ homes. The were residents who are affected by volcanic activity, namely in the village of Batubulan which has an area of ​​3.96 km2. Population data recorded around 159 families (515 people).

In connection with the potential impact on the community, the agency recommends that residents who reside in Batubulan Village, Niambangeng Village and Beba Village be evacuated to a place safe from the threat of lava or hot clouds.

Volcanic activity also has an impact on material damage such as the access road to Batubulan Village covered with volcanic material up to a height of 50 m with an area of ​​300 square-meters. Reported, two units of the village bridge were severely damaged.

Apart from Mount Karangetang, the agency also sets Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra as a dangerous zone, with level IV (alert) activity levels. This mountain has been experiencing continuous eruptions since 2013.

Since last week until this morning the visuals of the mountain are clearly visible to be covered in fog. It was observed that the main white crater smoke with a thin intensity to thick high about 300 meters from the peak of the wind blowing weakly to moderate east and west.

The agency acknowledges that it continues to send Emergency Response Teams to Mount Sinabung to strengthen continuous monitoring activities 24 hours per day, coordinate with local stakeholders, and conduct direct socialization to the local community.

While some volcanoes with level III (standby), namely Mount Soputan North Sulawesi, Mount Anak Krakatau in Lampung, and Mount Agung in Bali. The agency also warns that areas that have the potential to experience landslides are road lanes and settlements in the hills, mountains, and along rivers.

On the island of Sumatra, the agency detected potential landslides in the western part of Aceh and central Aceh, Western Sumatra and North Sumatra. While in Java, the potential for landslides is scattered in West Java, Central Java and East Java.

Meanwhile in Kalimantan, the land movement disaster has the potential to occur in the areas of West Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, South Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan. Other regions that also have landslide prone points are South Sulawesi, West Sulawesi, North Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi, Maluku, West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara and Papua.

Written by Lexy Nantu, Email: lexy@theinsiderstories.com

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