Evacuation prepared as seismic activity of Mount Kerinci volcano rises in Indonesia
Elevation 3800 m
Authorities are preparing routes and shelters for evacuation as seismic activity of Mount Kerinci volcano in Kerinci district of Jambi rises, officials of the country’s disaster agency and volcanology agency said on Friday.
Over 10,000 people living on the slope of the volcano are vulnerable to eruption risks, Ansari, senior official of disaster agency at the district revealed.
“The activity of the volcano has been rising in recent days. So we must anticipate it,” he told Xinhua by phone from the district.
Coordination among the authorities at the district and those at the provincial level has been boosted to counter the possible impacts of eruption, Ansari added.
Mount Kerinci of 3,805 meters high in Sumatra Island has witnessed small eruptions recently, Henda Gunawan, head of observation at the national volcanology agency said on Friday.
“And its eruption has been intense since the last two weeks,” the volcanologist told Xinhua over phone from West Java.
“The volcanology agency has recommended people not enter the area in the radius of 3 kilometers from the crater,” said Gunawan.
Based on reports from PVMBG, the Darwin VAAC stated that on 16 April ash plumes from Kerinci rose to an altitude of 4.6 km (15,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted E.
The 3800-m-high Gunung Kerinci in central Sumatra forms Indonesia’s highest volcano and is one of the most active in Sumatra. Kerinci is capped by an unvegetated young summit cone that was constructed NE of an older crater remnant. The volcano contains a deep 600-m-wide summit crater often partially filled by a small crater lake that lies on the NE crater floor, opposite the SW-rim summit of Kerinci. The massive 13 x 25 km wide volcano towers 2400-3300 m above surrounding plains and is elongated in a N-S direction. The frequently active Gunung Kerinci has been the source of numerous moderate explosive eruptions since its first recorded eruption in 1838.
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Sources : shanghaidaily.com , GVP.
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