Mount Lokon Off-Limits for Tourists due to Potential Eruption

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  • The activity of Mount Lokon, located in Tomohon City, North Sulawesi, Thursday, December 2, 2011. This volcano had erupted on Saturday, August 29, 2015 which caused a volcanic earthquake and sent volcanic ash material up to 1.5 kilometers to the east and north. An increase in the activity of Mount Lokon was recorded again on January 16, 2018. Doc. TEMPO/Hariandi Hafid

    The activity of Mount Lokon, located in Tomohon City, North Sulawesi, Thursday, December 2, 2011. This volcano had erupted on Saturday, August 29, 2015 which caused a volcanic earthquake and sent volcanic ash material up to 1.5 kilometers to the east and north. An increase in the activity of Mount Lokon was recorded again on January 16, 2018. Doc. TEMPO/Hariandi Hafid

    TEMPO.CO, Tomohon - The Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) of Tomohon City, North Sulawesi closed climbing activities to Mount Lokon which is still on alert status of level II or Waspada.

    As observed by ANTARA on Saturday, August 21, there was no visible activity of people willing to go hiking or waiting for vehicles on arterial roads after climbing.

    "The city government will definitely follow up on the recommendations from the volcano post by tightening the security at entrance gates of Mount Lokon," said Tomohon Regional Secretary Edwin Roring in Tomohon, Sunday, August 22.

    The city government would also deploy Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officials or BPBD personnel at the entrances to the mountain, which last erupted in 2015.

    "Most importantly, we urge residents to obey the recommendations to not have activities within a radius of 1.5 kilometers from the Tompaluan crater of Mount Lokon to prevent unwanted things from happening," said Edwin.

    The Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) called on the public and tourists not to approach the crater following an increase in shallow earthquakes that could trigger mountain eruptions.

    Read: Mount Lokon Shows Signs of Increased Activity

    ANTARA