Indonesia raises alert level on Mount Papandayan volcano

August 13, 2011INDONESIA – The alert level of Mount Papandayan in Garut, West Java has gone up a notch to alert level 3 — just one level below eruption. According to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) the 2,665-meter volcano had shown a significant increase in tectonic earthquake activity since Friday. “BNPB has dispatched a quick-response team to assess the necessary emergency action local government and other agencies need to take in order to ensure the safety of residents living around the volcano,” Sutopo said. Mount Papandayan last erupted on Nov. 11, 2002. Even though there were no deaths or casualties, dozens of houses were destroyed by the lava that swept through the villages within the volcano’s 10km radius. It’s earliest recorded eruption was in 1772 when it destroyed 40 villages and killed 2,951 people. –Jakarta Globe
Indonesian officials have warned people to stay more than a mile (two kilometers) from two craters on a smoking volcano spewing noxious gas. Government volcanologist Surono says visitors and villagers have been told to stay away from the yellow craters on the 2,665-meter (8,743-foot) Mount Papandayan. The craters are tourist attractions but are now emitting dangerous hydrogen sulfide. –Newsday
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8 Responses to Indonesia raises alert level on Mount Papandayan volcano

  1. luisport says:

    Shérine France on August 13, 2011, 10:34 AM
    @Renato indeed, Surono had raised his concerns about two volcanoes (Papandayan and Guntur) in an interview on August 5 after following a meeting with President in inner cabinet, he wants to set up a prevention plan. The increase in alert Papandayan seems to prove him right.—sby-panggil-mbah-rono


  2. Stephen says:

    so how many volcanoes in Indonesia are currently on the brink of eruption?


  3. Susan says:

    Is there any way to know if an “extinct” volcano in my area could be waking up? Is there a web site that would have this information?


  4. Brandon says:

    Alvin, have you heard of astronomer Phil Plait? He runs the website Bad Astronomy. What do you think about his claims that this material of earth changes is anti or pseudoscience? He says these events have actually happened often. So is what we’re discussing here pseudoscience or is there real science behind these worsening earth changes?


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