Mount Galunggung Landslide Affects 7 Hectare Area; Remains Open for Tourists
14 March 2023 10:12 WIB
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Landslides have been observed again on the steep cliffs of Mount Galunggung, which is located in West Java, following heavy rain in the region on Saturday, March 11. The major landslide on the west wall hit part of the crater below.
"The impact of the avalanche was around 7 hectares," said Perhutani Tasikmalaya's Priangan Site Manager, Sumarsono, Monday, March 13.
According to Sumarsono, cliff landslides in the Peak area of Mount Galunggung have occurred since 2017 and continued to occur in recent years. The latest was on Saturday last week followed by another one on the following morning on Sunday.
Head of the Galungung Mountain Monitoring Post (PGA) Gradita Frihadi said that a minor landslide had occurred two weeks before Saturday's incident which carried quite a lot of avalanche material and partially covered the crater. Heavy rainfall was blamed for this incident.
"The walls are quite steep, there is a flow of water from the ‘Ancient Crater’ (Kawah Purba) which may erode the crater walls," said Gradita.
Despite these incidents, officials at the site will still allow tourist visits to Galunggung’s tourism area, which is said to be far from the landslide area. The hot water spring the mountain also offers to tourists are also deemed safe for visitation.
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