TEMPO.CO, Ternate - Dukono, which is located in North Halmahera, North Maluku, has increased its activity by spewing ash and vapor that reached 900 meters in height.
“Nevertheless, the status of the volcano is still on level II alert. Although the blast was pretty high this time,” says the head of Dukono monitoring post, Iwan Amat on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.
According to Iwan, the seismograph recorded Dukono’s high level activities had started since the last week. The volcano can be seen spitting volcanic ash to its Northeast.
According to Iwan, a number of regions in North Halmahera such as Galela and North Tobelo has been covered with volcanic ash.
The public is urged the public not to approach its peak up to a 3 kilometer radius. “But the volcano’s activity is still safe for daily activities, so there’s no need to panic,” Iwan said.
Dukono is one of three volcanic mountains located at Halmahera Island. There are at least 23,000 residents living in four districts at the perimeter of Dukono.
Dukono has been at level II Alert since June 15, 2008.