5 volcanoes in Indonesia on alert level III status because of growing unrest

September 14, 2011INDONESIA – Indonesia, situated in the Pacific Ring of Fire, has about 130 active volcanoes. Now few of them even have seismic activities. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has the data that there are 21 volcanoes whose status is above normal-active. “The five volcanoes of alert status (level III) are Mt Tambora, Mt Anak Ranakah, Mt Papandayan, Mt Karangetang and Mt Lokon,” said BNPB Head of Data Center Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, Tuesday. He explained that the status of Mt Tambora and Mt Anak Ranakah was elevated almost in the same time, on September 8, 2011. In addition to those of alert status, 16 volcanoes in Indonesia whose status is level II namely Soputan, Ibu, Lewotobi Perempuan, Marapi, Bromo, Dieng, Gamkonora, Merapi, Sinabung, Talang, Kerinci, Krakatau, Semeru, Sangeangapi, Gamalama and Dukuno. The Center of Geologic Volcanology and Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG), which continued monitoring volcanoes in Indonesia, recommended the people to remain alert as the activities of the five alert-flagged volcanoes increased. “The residents and visitors are not allowed to do any activity there,” Sutopo went on. As regards Mt Tambora, the disaster-prone zone was set two kilometers from Papandayan crater area. For Mt Lokon, the sterile zone was set three kilometers from Tompaluan crater. Meanwhile, for Mt Karangetang, hiking the peak more than 500 meters above sea level is prohibited. “The residents of west Mini village (Kali Beha Barat) and south Kopi village (Kali Kahetang) should be more alert of the danger of hot clouds and lava flow,” said Sutopo. He added that his party continued coordinating with the regional disaster mitigation agency (BPBD) to elevate alertness and socialize it. “The anticipation of the worst possibilities out of the volcano eruption is being prepared. The evacuation routes are ready.”Viva News

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17 Responses to 5 volcanoes in Indonesia on alert level III status because of growing unrest

  1. nickk0 says:

    “The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has the data that there are 21 volcanoes whose status is above normal”

    I wonder how many of these volcanoes are *usually* at “above normal” status ??
    It sounds like there has been an increase, but how many more have been added to the list ??

    – Nick


  2. The increased activity certainly puts Indonesia on the front burner. I’ve heard news of respiratory issues in Singapore. Is this just land clearing activity, or is there emissions from the volcanos involved?


  3. luisport says:

    Magnitude mb 5.6
    Date time 2011-09-14 13:36:35.0 UTC
    Location 35.17 S ; 178.82 W
    Depth 15 km
    Distances 531 km NE Tauranga (pop 110,338 ; local time 01:36:35.2 2011-09-15)
    479 km NE Gisborne (pop 34,274 ; local time 01:36:35.2 2011-09-15)
    474 km NE Opotiki (pop 4,044 ; local time 01:36:35.2 2011-09-15)


  4. Norman Neo says:

    I live in Singapore and it had been hazy for the past 3 weeks until this morning when heavy rains cleared the sky yesterday evening. For the past 3 weeks, the downtown city skyline from my home looks as if shrouded with a thick layer of cloud. There is basically no direct orange sunlight. Even at 100 meters, there is a hazy tinge to the air. The funny thing is that if this haze is from land clearing activity, why is it that I am not smelling that familiar smell of burning?


  5. NickK0 says:

    One more thing…… That map really puts things in perspective.

    Wow. :-0

    – Nick


  6. radiogirl says:

    That is an impressive list.


  7. Paul Demorest says:

    well here’s a creepy thought, when I first glanced at the map posted Alvin, I thought “all” of Indonesia looks like a giant caldera….awesome post Sir!


  8. Wow. Looking at the list and the map almost leaves me speechless. Very impressive.



  9. Indonesia is the land (and sea) 0f Krakatoa and Tambora. That should send a chill up everyone’s spine.


  10. S.S.S. says:

    GOD is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble, therefore we will not fear though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though mountains shake with the swelling thereof…..GOD is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: GOD shall help her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The LORD of Hosts is with us, the GOD of Jacob is our refuge! Psalm 46


    • skeptic says:

      Take refuge in this: during recorded history a majority of the suffering has been caused by man. Slavery, genocide, religious persecution, and destruction of life out of avarice. I do not believe in god. I do not fear death. Yet still I find salvation.


  11. Bone Idle says:

    Of course that map only shows the volcanoes that have erupted since 1900. In fact it’s out of date, there have been eruptions of other volcanoes in Indonesia that the not shown on the map.

    There are over 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia.
    The only volcanic activity increasing is the amount of reporting and monitoring since the internet erupted in Indonesia.
    Not that many years ago there were eruptions that were never reported in the press let alone to the official government geological agency in charge of Volcanism. Most activity is monitored only in areas that have a direct major effect on larger populations.

    You have heard about the major Aceh earthquake of 2004. There was another large earthquake in 1979. Bet you haven’t heard about that. I heard about it – I was there. In 1974 a volcano in West Sumatera erupted A resulting pyroclastic cloud rushed down and wiped out a couple of villages – over 400 people were killed. You will not find any records of this event either.


  12. Michael says:

    Yikes. Look at all the volcanoes. I live in Jakarta, so litteraly, I’m surrounded by volcanoes. Just make sure we don’t get God angry so he won’t blow up the entire Indonesia.


  13. Summer says:

    Very impressive visual. May God have mercy on all our souls.


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