Mount Anak Krakatau’s status raised to Level III

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Anyer – The status of Mount Anak Krakatau in Sunda Strait has been upgraded from Level II (Advisory) to Level III (Watch), with the eruption column reaching 50-2,000 meters (m).

“We appeal to fishermen and visitors not to approach Mount Anak Krakatau,” Deni Mardiono, Head of the Mount Anak Krakatau Monitoring Post in Pasauran Village, Serang District, Banten Province, said in the district on Monday.

Since April 22, 2022, the volcano has been spewing black volcanic ash in the direction of the Pandeglang District’s Sumur and Panimbang districts.

It also began emitting incandescent rocks. As a result, no activity is permitted in the area to protect people from being damaged by the hot and dangerous pebbles.

“We advocate establishing a safe zone approximately five kilometers (km) from Mount Anak Krakatau,” Mardiono added.

According to an official statement issued by the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) on Monday, real-time seismic amplitude measurement (RSAM) analysis revealed that the mountain’s volcanic activity has increased significantly since April 15, 2022.

Furthermore, the volcano has been spewing incandescent lava since April 17, 2022.

Furthermore, between April 1 and 24, 2022, the PVMBG recorded 21 eruption shocks, 155 phreatic tremors, 14 harmonic tremors, 121 low-frequency earthquakes, 17 shallow volcanic earthquakes, and 38 deep volcanic earthquakes.

In addition, continuous volcanic tremors with an amplitude of 0.5-55 mm; two local tectonic earthquakes; six distant tectonic earthquakes; and one sensed earthquake with a strength of I MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity), which could only be felt by a few people under favorable conditions, were among the seismic activities.

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