Indonesia inching closer to volcanic day of reckoning as volcanic unrest spreads

September 9, 2011Indonesia – Since its status was raised to alert level III of the alert level II, the activity of Mount Papandayan has never decreased- in fact; volcanic activity in the District Cisurupan, Kab. Garut has seen a dramatic increase. “Among the volcano alert status in Indonesia, Mount Papandayan activities are definitely not declining,” said Head of Volcanology Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) Geological Agency, Ir. Surono told reporters in his office on Wednesday (8 / 9) afternoon. Wednesday (7 / 9) then, PVMBG recorded dozens of shallow volcanic earthquakes at Mount Papandayan. While on Tuesday (6 / 9), produces 83 times Papandayan recorded shallow volcanic earthquake. The shallow volcanic earthquake means that the activity was near the surface,” he said. “The problem,” he continued, “is a shallow volcanic earthquake would normally be followed by an eruption. But whether there will be an eruption or not, I do not know,” he said. According to him, today, there are five mountains in Indonesia a standby status, namely Mount Saputan, Lokon, and Karangetang in Sulawesi, Halmahera Mountain Mother in the West, and Mount Papandayan in Garut, West Java. “Of the five mountains; only Mount Papandayan has not erupted. Hopefully Mount Papandayan will not erupt,” he said. He said preparations were optimal, including the readiness of communities around Mount Papandayan. In addition, he continued, PVMBG Geological Survey also revealed that as of September 2011 there are 22 volcanoes whose status is above normal. In fact, there are two volcano alert status plus, which are Mount Tambora, Sumbawa, and Mount Lewotobi Women in East Flores. –Galamedia  translated
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5 Responses to Indonesia inching closer to volcanic day of reckoning as volcanic unrest spreads

  1. luisport says:

    Indonesia: We have talked a bit about Tambora, but the alert status at another Indonesian volcano has been raised from 1-2 as well. Lewotobi on the island of Flores has been rumbling so a 1-km exclusion zone has been defined around the volcano. Lewotobi last erupted in 2003 and has a history of small VEI 1-2 eruptions over the last century (the image to the top left is Lewotobi erupting in 1915, taken by A.I. van Aernsbergen).


  2. David J. says:

    It’s certainly interesting activity at Mount Tambora! Constant harmonic tremor on 7-8 September and 40 earthquakes recorded on September 7th. It’d be interesting to see how this activity compares to the activity leading to the previous VEI 2 events.


  3. Bone Idle says:

    Tambora has been raised to level 3 (Siaga)

    I would be willing to bet that the next major volcanic event in Indonesia will be on Java rather than out in the outlying provinces. Java is wall to wall humanity so any moderate event effects a lot of people. Possibly Papandayan.


  4. I’ve been watching all the volcanic activity with great interest, however, does anyone have any information about Anak Krakatoa? I suppose this one really interests me is because of the notoriety of Krakatoa.

    Be blessed and Maranatha


  5. Bone Idle says:

    Krakatoa is as usual. That is……….. Dangerous.
    It’s always at level 2.


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