Monday, 23 September 2019 | 02:09 WIB

Volcanic Ash from Mount Sinabung Affects 20 Nearby Villages

Volcanic Ash from Mount Sinabung Affects 20 Nearby Villages (special)

MEDAN, NETRALNEWS.COM - Natanail Perangin-angin, Head of the Emergency and Logistics Division of the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of Karo Regency, North Sumatra, says 20 villages have been exposed to the Mount Sinabung volcanic ash.

"Currently 20 villages are exposed to volcanic ash from Mount Sinabung eruption, namely in Naman Teran Subdistrict, Tiganderket Subdistrict, Payung Subdistrict, some in Tigabinanga Subdistrict, Berastagi City, and Lau Baleng Subdistrict, in Karo Regency," Natanail said in Medan on Wednesday ( 6/12/2019).

Not only that, the agricultural land of the residents of Kutarakyat Village, Naman Teran Subdistrict, was also exposed to volcanic eruption of Mount Sinabung and is currently being cleared.

"All agricultural land that contains dust-covered plants is cleaned by spraying using special tools," he said.

The agriculture assets which were covered with dust, according to him, include potatoes, kiosks, vegetable plants, and other plants that are in the crater of Mount Sinabung.

"Currently, agricultural/plantation land and plants belonging to residents in Kutarakyat Village are clean and not covered with dust," he said as quoted by Antara.

Natanail explained, volcanic dust can also damage plants and is also very dangerous for the health of residents.

In connection with that, it must be cleaned and no more left in the plantation area.

The cleaning of the plantation land was carried out by farmer groups in the village.

Mount Sinabung in Karo District, on Sunday (9/6) at around 16.28 WIB again erupted with the height of the ash column observed approximately 7,000 meters above the peak or approximately 9,460 meters above sea level.

Sinabung Volcano Observation Post of the Geological Agency and PVMBG Sinabung Volcano Observation Post in its release stated that the ash column was observed in black with thick intensity leaning towards the south. The eruption was recorded on a seismogram with a maximum amplitude of 120 mm and a duration of approximately nine minutes 17 seconds.

There was a hot cloud to the southeast 3.5 Km and south three kilometers and there was a roar until the Sinabung Volcano Observation Post.

Currently Mount Sinabung is in level III status (standby) with recommendations to the public and visitors / tourists not to carry out activities in the relocated villages, as well as locations within a three kilometer radius from the peak of Sinabung, as well as a five kilometer sectoral radius for the sector south-east, and four kilometers for the north-east sector.

On May 20, 2019, the Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG), the Geological Agency of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) issued a decrease in the status of Mount Sinabung from level IV (alert) to level III (standby).

Visual observations from January to May 2019 indicate that the mountain eruption has decreased.