Thursday, 27 February 2020

Tangkuban Parahu Normal; People Still Barred from Nearing Crater

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  • A welcoming sign, covered with volcanic ash is seen after yesterday's volcanic eruption at the tourism area of Mount Tangkuban Parahu in the north of Bandung, West Java province, Indonesia July 27, 2019 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.  Mount Tangkuban Perahu in Bandung, West Java, the crater of which is a popular tourist spot, erupted at 3:48 p.m. on Friday, with authorities prohibiting tourists from approaching the area. Antara Foto/Novrian Arbi/via REUTERS

    A welcoming sign, covered with volcanic ash is seen after yesterday's volcanic eruption at the tourism area of Mount Tangkuban Parahu in the north of Bandung, West Java province, Indonesia July 27, 2019 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Mount Tangkuban Perahu in Bandung, West Java, the crater of which is a popular tourist spot, erupted at 3:48 p.m. on Friday, with authorities prohibiting tourists from approaching the area. Antara Foto/Novrian Arbi/via REUTERS

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The West Java Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) announced the status of Mount Tangkuban Parahu on Monday, July 29, at 08:30 is normal. However, people, including tourists, hikers, and traders, are still barred from approaching its crater.

    “Based on the observation per July 29, at 08:30, the status is on level 1, which means normal,” the agency’s head of rehabilitation and reconstruction, Budi Budiman Wahyu, said in Bandung, Monday.

    Budi explained the seismograph still recorded constant tremors in the mountain area, which included West Bandung and Subang regency, with an amplitude of 0.5 to 4, or 1 amplitude on average.

    “People in the area, traders, tourists, hikers, tourism organizers, are advised not to come near the crater within a radius of 500 meters from the crater lip,” he underlined.

    On Sunday evening, July 28, the West Java BPBD declared the status of Tangkuban Parahu was normal, according to monitoring by field officers.

    However, Budi's staffers in tandem with the West Bandung BPBD and the Subang BPBD were still on stand by following the sudden eruption on Friday, July 26.

    “We will continue the coordination with the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) until further notice is issued by the field commander based on daily evaluations in the area,” Budi said.

    ANTARA