Mount Ile Lewotolok in NTT Erupted on Tuesday Morning
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The monitoring post on Mount Ile Lewotolok in Lembata Regency, NTT reported an eruption with a column of ash observed at least 400 meters from the top of the mountain.
"At 05:27 a.m. WITA (Central Indonesia Time), Mount Ile Lewotolok erupted again with an altitude of approximately 400 meters of ash column at the peak or approximately 1,823 meters above sea level," said Ile Lewotolok Volcano Monitoring Post Officer Stanis Ara Kian in his report received by Antara in Kupang, Tuesday morning on November 14, 2023.
Based on observations, he said, the ash column was observed to be gray to black with a thick intensity leaning towards the northwest.
Furthermore, in his report, he added that the eruption was recorded on a seismogram with a maximum amplitude of 24.5 millimeters with a duration of approximately one minute 35 seconds.
"The sound [of eruption] was weak," he said.
On Monday at 04:33 p.m. WITA, there was also an eruption, and the height of the ash column was about 500 meters at the top.
Stanis added that currently the volcano, which once erupted at the end of November 2021, is at Level II Status or alert.
Therefore, his side issued recommendations for the residents around Mount Ile Lewotolok, visitors, climbers, and tourists to refrain from entering and carrying out activities within a two-kilometer radius of the center of volcanic activities of Mount Ile Lewotolok.
Meanwhile, residents in the three villages located at the foothills of Mount Ile Lewotolok, namely Lamawolo Village, Lamatokan Village, and Jontona Village, are urged to remain vigilant of the potential threat of avalanches or lava avalanches and hot clouds from the eastern part of the Mount Ile Lewotolok's peak or crater
Stanis also reminded people to always wear masks to avoid acute respiratory infections (ISPA) and other health problems.
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