NUSADAILY.COM – YOGYAKARTA – Mount Merapi on the border of Central Java and Yogyakarta Special Region on Sunday morning was observed 36 times launching incandescent lava with a maximum glide distance of 1.5 km according to the Geological Disaster Technology Research and Development Center (BPPTKG).
Head of BPPTKG Hanik Humaida in his written statement explained that based on observations made on Sunday at 00.00-06.00 WIB, merapi incandescent lava fall slid to the southwest.
During the observation period, according to BPPTKG, Mount Merapi also experienced 43 earthquakes with an amplitude of 3-23 mm for 12-188 seconds and six many phase earthquakes with amplitudes of 3-5 mm for 5-8 seconds.
Thick white crater smoke as high as 50 meters above the summit of the crater was observed during observation.
In the observation period saturday (16/1) at 18.00-24.00 WIB, Mount Merapi recorded 20 times launching incandescent lava with a maximum glide distance of 1,000 meters to the southwest.
Based on the observations during the last week, from 8 to 14 January 2021, BPPTKG concluded that the volcanic activity of Mount Merapi is still quite high and maintains the status of Mount Merapi at Level III or Standby.
The potential danger caused by merapi eruption is estimated to cover an area within a radius of five kilometers from the top of the mountain.
BPPTKG advises mining activities in the rivers that precede Mount Merapi in disaster-prone areas to be stopped and asks tourists and climbers not to do activities in disaster-prone areas. (sak/ant)