Thursday, 24 January 2019

Several Remaining Threats Posed by Mount Anak Krakatau

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  • Aerial images of the mount Anak Krakatau activity which spewed volcanic ash eruption on Sunday, December 23, 2018. Hundreds of homes and other buildings were

    Aerial images of the mount Anak Krakatau activity which spewed volcanic ash eruption on Sunday, December 23, 2018. Hundreds of homes and other buildings were "heavily damaged" when the tsunami struck, almost without warning, along the rim of the Sunda Strait late on Saturday, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the disaster mitigation agency, said. Tempo/Syaiful Hadi

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Head of Geology Agency Rudy Suhendar said that Mount Anak Krakatau still poses two threats; eruption and its effects in the form of rockslide materials.

    As satellite images suggest, a 64-hectare section of the mountain had vanished and is strongly believed to be the cause of the tsunami that hit the coastline in Banten and Lampung on Saturday, December 22.

    “We are worried of yet another rockslide,” said Rudy on Thursday, December 27.

    Read: Mount Anak Krakatau Volcanic Ash Reaches Cilegon, 70 KM Away

    The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) is actively monitoring the mountain located at the Sunda Strait while the geological agency has increased its status from Level II to Level III based on its continuous eruptions that happened lately and the magma that directly flows into the ocean.

    There are also threats of slight volcanic ash from Anak Krakatau that has showered over areas in the vicinity of Anyer and Cilegon.

    Rudy explained that the visible change of Anak Krakatau is its crater that has increased in size based on satellite images from December 19 compared to the taken on December 23.

    ANWAR SISWADI (CONTRIBUTOR)