PVMBG expands the danger distance of Mount Lewotobi Male

The public should remain calm, follow the instructions of the regional government and not believe rumors whose source is unclear

Jakarta (MidLand) – The Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG) has expanded the danger distance of Mount Lewotobi Laki in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, along with increasing the status from alert to alert.

PVMBG chief Hendra Gunawan asked the population not to carry out any activity within a radius of 3 kilometers from the center of the eruption and in a sector of 4 kilometers in the north-northeast direction and 5 kilometers in the north-east sector.

“The public should remain calm, follow the directions of the regional government and not believe rumors whose source is unclear,” Hendra said in a report received in Jakarta on Monday.

When Mount Lewotobi Laki was still in alert or level II status, the danger distance was only 2 kilometers from the eruption center and a 3 kilometer sector in the north-northeast direction.

The PVMBG decided to widen the danger distance so that people could avoid material from the volcanic eruption.

During the period from May 26 to June 9, 2024, Mount Lewotobi Laki experienced 51 seismic eruptions, 6 seismic avalanches, 21 earthquake bursts, 6 harmonic earthquakes, 15 low-frequency earthquakes, 1 hybrid earthquake.

Thus, PVMBG also recorded 270 shallow volcanic earthquakes, 146 deep volcanic earthquakes, 14 local tectonic earthquakes, and 53 distant tectonic earthquakes.

Eruptions occur almost every day, as indicated by the average height of the eruption column of 100-900 meters from the summit of Mount Lewotobi Laki.

“On June 9, 2024, a Strombolian eruption occurred and fire rays could be seen emitted during the eruption,” Hendra said.

Mount Lewotobi, which has a height of 1,584 meters above sea level, is a twin volcano located in the southeastern part of the island of Flores.

The mountain consists of two peaks, namely Mount Lewotobi for men and Mount Lewotobi for women.

Reporter: Sugiharto Purnama
Publisher: Nurul Hayat
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