Seven volcanoes in Indonesia on alert status

January 8, 2012INDONESIAThe National Disaster Mitigation Agency has warned that seven volcanoes located across the archipelago are on alert statuses. The agency said it has prepared measures for the worst-case scenarios and officials met on Saturday to discuss the measures, said agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugrowo. The seven volcanoes are Papandayan Mountain in West Java, Karangetang and Lokon in North Sulawesi, Ijen in East Java, Gamalama in North Maluku, Anak Krakatau in Lampung and Lewotolo in East Nusa Tenggara. Sutopo said the agency was closely monitoring each volcano, and that mitigation measures varied in each region because of the different characteristics of the volcanoes and the territories. However, he said, in general, the agency has planned evacuation routes, sites for refugees, logistics supplies, machinery and volunteer mapping. “The plan is standardized, but we keep renewing it to adjust to current conditions. For Papandayan, we have a done dry-run three times so the people could get used to the measures,” he said. On Friday, Lokon Mountain erupted, spewing volcanic ash up to 1,500 meters high, but it had calmed down by Saturday morning and people living near the mountain were not evacuated. In North Maluku, some 296 people remain in refugee shelters in Dufa-Dufa following Mount Gamalama’s last eruption in early December. -Jakarta Globe
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6 Responses to Seven volcanoes in Indonesia on alert status

  1. nickk0 says:

    I have a couple of “general questions” regarding this alert.

    Is there any precedent, for up to 7 volcanoes to be on ‘alert’ status in Indonesia ??
    Or is this unusual ??

    – Nick

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    • It’s the most I’ve seen at one time in quite a while. Let me clarify what on alert means. It means the “highest-level” just prior to an eruption. So, you can say there are seven volcanoes that can blow at any time…with little or no warning. It also doesn’t mean others can’t sprang to life suddenly without showing signs of elevated activity.

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      • Bill H says:

        http://www.volcano.si.edu/reports/usgs/index.cfm?content=worldmap

        looking at a world map of activity its apparent the whole chain is waking

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      • And there is a science involved here that I’ve been talking about for 3 years…it’s just no one could see it. Earth’s life force is maintained by a very delicate thermal equilibrium and it can be easily upset and the planet can be overturned and the majority of life extinguished in the process. Now it’s becoming readily apparent these processes are kinetic – which means they are dynamic and mercurial. All of sudden, for no reason at all…terrestrail planets deconstruct. Venus totally resurfaced itself through volcanism.

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  2. Irene C says:

    Alvin, I was wondering what Anak Krakatau was doing now. My mother often asks me about the articles I read, and she was asking me what “The Child” was doing.

    Maranatha

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  3. J Guffey says:

    2012 continues to be bringing the expected turn of events discussed on EP in 2010-2011.

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