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Volcanic eruption activity increases on Mount Ili Lewotolok

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Mount Ili Lewotolok monitoring post in Lembata district, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) province last week recorded an increase in eruption activity.

“The eruptive activity has started again. Until this morning, there was still an eruption,” said the head of the Mount Ili Lewotolok monitoring post, Stanis Ara Kian, contacted on Saturday.

The increase in eruptive activity began to be observed from Thursday (September 15, 2022), he informed.

On Thursday, an eruption occurred, with hot clouds reaching a height of 700 meters (m) above the mountain peak.

On Friday (September 16), a larger eruption was recorded, with the height of the hot cloud reaching around 1,500m.

“Additionally, this morning at around 9 a.m. WIT (Central Indonesian Standard Time), there was another eruption, with a hot cloud height of 1,000m above the mountain peak or about 2,423m above sea level,” the chef said. from the surveillance post said.

The materials spewed out by the volcano scorched the vegetation around the top of the mountain.

“So far, the volcano’s status is still ‘Alert’ or Level III,” Kian added.

Therefore, his party issued a number of mitigation recommendations to the surrounding community.

People living around Mount Ili Lewotolok as well as tourists have been advised not to carry out any activity within 3 kilometers (km) of the mountain peak, except in the southeastern sector, where the security zone begins at a 3.5-km radius from the crater, as well as the east and northeast sectors, where the safety zone begins at a radius of 4 km from the crater.

“Residents of Lamawolo Village, Lamatokan Village and Jontona Village (East Ile Ape Sub-district, Lembata District) should always remain vigilant for the potential threat of incandescent lava and clouds​​ from the eastern part of the peak / crater of Mount Ili. Lewotolok,” added the head of the monitoring post.

In addition, since volcanic ash can cause acute respiratory infections (ISPA) and other health problems, the community around Mount Ili Lewotolok has been advised to wear masks covering their nose and mouth as well as other equipment to protect eyes and skin.


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