TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The head of the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG), Hendra Gunawan, reported that volcanic activity at Mount Anak Krakatau began to wane last Thursday, April 28. This was concluded after the agency conducted aerial observations which were overlaid by tracking results from the observation post.
Hendra said the results showed the energy of the tremor as an eruption generator was significantly reduced.
“[Based on] instrumentally recorded data, the energy of this tremor has plummeted, both recorded by tools and direct monitoring,” Hendra said in a statement Friday, April 29.
The head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Lt. Gen. Suharyanto, has asked the public to remain vigilant. Although there has been a drop in volcanic activity, he pointed out that Mount Anak Krakatau remains at Alert Level III or Waspada (Caution).
Suharyanto said the mountain’s volcanic activity in the Sunda Strait is still quite fluctuating as it can decrease or increase at any time.
“Stay careful, stay alert, but that doesn’t mean panicking. People need to be updated [about information related to the mountain] through the official government website to avoid hoaxes. People are expected to remain calm,” he said.
The volcanic activity of Mount Anak Krakatau has started to increase again since Sunday, April 24, 2022, as evidenced by earthquakes, eruptions and landslides or avalanches.
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