TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Volcanic ash rain hit several villages of Magelang, Central Java after Mount Merapi spewed a column of hot clouds on Monday, October 14, the Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) head Edy Susanto announced.
Edy explained that the falling ash occurred in sub-districts of Srumbung, Dukun, Salam, Sawangan, Muntilan, and Mungkid, which was resulted from the eruption at 4:31 p.m. as reported by the Research and Technological Development for Geological Disaster Agency (BPPTKG).
The seismograph recorded that the eruption sent hot clouds for 270 seconds with an amplitude of 75 millimeters, approximately 3,000 meters in height. The wind leaned to the southwest of the mountain.
Edy asserted that the danger zone is three kilometers from the summit., while people outside the radius are considered safe to conduct daily activities. The public is appealed to anticipate the falling of volcanic ash.
He outlined that volcanic ash falls in sub-districts of Srumbung (Ngargosoko, Mranggen, and Srumbung Village), Dukun (Sumber, Ngargomulyo, Kalibening, Ngadipuro, and Mangunsoko Village), Salam (Sucen and Jumoyo Village), Muntilan (Tamanagung and Muntilan Village), and Mungkid (Bojog and Pabelan Village).
Following the eruption of Mount Merapi, Edy went on, Magelang BPBD distributed masks to the public affected by the ash rain. “Two teams are distributing masks by riding a car,” he said. BPBD also called on the public to not panic and resume their activities as usual.