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The Bukittinggi Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency reported
... that volcanic activity at the 2,900-meter-high Mount Marapi in West Sumatra remained high.
Volcanic activity at Mt. Marapi remains high even though seismic activity has decreased.
The volcano erupted at 8:09 a.m., spewing thick ash clouds 300 meters into the air.
The head of the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center,
said in Jakarta on Saturday that officials had increased the alert for Mt. Marapi
and 15 other volcanoes across Indonesia.
Other volcanoes include Mt. Papandayan in West Java, Mt. Merapi in Central Java,
Mt. Sinabung in North Sumatra, Mt. Krakatau in the Sunda Strait, Mt. Bromo in East Java and
Mt. Gamkonora, Mt. Gamalama and Mt. Tukono in Maluku.
Fresh quake jolts Muko-Muko ... Volcanoes on Heightened Alert- 7th aug 2011
A magnitude 5.6 earthquake hit Muko-Muko regency in Bengkulu on Saturday,
but no casualties or damage were reported.
The local Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG)
said the epicenter of the earthquake, which occurred at 9:45 a.m.,
was located at a depth of 10 kilometers, 44 kilometers southwest of Muko-Muko
and 74 kilometers northeast of South Pagai Island in Mentawai.
Ricky, a resident of Penarik district in Muko-Muko, said the tremors were strong
and lasted a long time. “It was not as strong as the magnitude 6 earthquake
that hit on Thursday, but the tremors were longer, so we all fled our houses,” he said.
The quake was felt as far away as Padang, the capital of West Sumatra,
but not in South Pagai Island. Muko-Muko was also hit by three
earthquakes earlier — a magnitude 4.9 quake at 9: 35 p.m. on Wednesday,
a magnitude 6 quake at 7:16 a.m. Thursday and a magnitude 4.9 quake
later the same day at 11:34 p.m., the BMKG said.
Eighteen Indonesian volcanoes are on “alert” status,
two of which are at Alert Level 3, which is called “Siaga”,
the Volcanology and Geology Disaster Mitigation Center says.
Center head Surono said Sunday in Jakarta the erupting Mount Lokon
in North Sulawesi and Mount Ibu in North Maluku were the two volcanoes at Siaga status.
The center has adopted four levels of alert status:
“Normal” (Level 1),
“Waspada” (Level 2),
“Siaga” (Level 3) and
“Awas” (Level 4).
TERNATE, Indonesia — Officials say fast-moving mudflows streaming from the mouth of a volcano in eastern Indonesia have killed four villagers. About 1,000 others have fled their homes.
Mount Gamalama, located in the Molucca Islands, sprang back to life this month with a powerful, non-fatal eruption.
Government spokesman Yusuf Sunnya said Wednesday that days of heavy rains triggered flows of cold lava, rocks and other debris that slammed into villages near the base Tuesday night.