Monitor Mount Agung Activities, Jonan Urge People Outside from Radius 4 km for Back Thursday, July 5, 2018

  • 2018.07.07 Saturday
  • 00:36

 

 EMR Communications Team

 

 

KARANGASEM - Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ignasius Jonan, on Thursday (5/7) conducted a Working Visit to Bali Province to review the development of Mount Agung activity in Mount  Agung Observation Post in Rendang Village, Karangasem Regency, Bali Province.

The arrival of Jonan this time was greeted by eruption of Mount Agung, precisely when Jonan conducted a coordination meeting with Regent Karangasem I Gusti Ayu Mas Sumantri, National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) and the ranks of the Police and the local Indonesian Army (TNI). Noted erupsi occurred at 16.33 Indonesia Central Standard Time (WITA), with a height of ash columns about 2,800 meters above the peak or 5.942 meters above sea level.

 

Responding to this eruption, Jonan revealed that the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG), Geological Agency, Ministry of ESDM continues to monitor the activities of Mount Agung so as to make estimates of the potential activities.

 

"If the eruption, which can be predicted by the Center of volcanology is the potential of volcanological activity that in a certain time, such as 12 hours, 24 hours and so forth. When exactly the eruption itself we can not know when it will happen," said Jonan.

 

Geological Agency, continued Jonan, estimates the eruption of Mount Agung will continue to occur from time to time. But Jonan confirmed that the deformation that occurred on Mount Agung is very small, so no eruption that exceeds a radius of 4 kilometers (km).

 

"If from our analysis, from the deformation of its own mountain movement is bulging or not, the deformation is very small, so there will not be a very large eruption that can reach a radius beyond 4 km," he said.

 

While based on satellite photos, Jonan explained the lava inside the crater was observed very fluid.

"The last report, from satellite photos, inside the lava crater is very fluid, if liquid is usually harmless, if it thickens and holds the pressure down, it can be very dangerous,"

 

For that, Jonan appealed to the public not to worry back to their homes, as long as it is outside the radius of 4 km.

"So, we also urge the public to return to a radius of less than 4 km, so beyond 4 km could be back," said Jonan.

As it is known, currently Mount Agung is at Level III (CAUTION) with the Estimated Hazard Zone in all areas within a 4 km radius, outside of the area the activity can run normally and still remain safe, while maintaining vigilance.

Author: Arid Riza Abadi. (k)

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