TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Lava stream produced by Mount Karangetang in Sitaro District, North Sulawesi, forced local officials to evacuate those living in the mountain’s bottom vicinity across Niambangeng, Batubulan village.
There were families in total that were evacuated out of the mountain slope considered as a danger zone consisting of 18 adults (nine men and nine women) and three children. The hot lava itself has reached Melebuhe River that is nearby the village.
Head of the Eastern Region Volcano Mitigation at the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG), Dr. Devy Insan Kamil reported that the lava is continuously being produced by the mountain’s crater.
‘The status of Mount Karangetang is still at alert level III,” said Devy in a phone call.
The PVMBG continues its efforts with related state-instances upon providing security and evacuation for the areas in the vicinity of the active volcanic mountain.