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Mt. Lokon's volcanic activity
declines: PVMBG

The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) in Bandung has said volcanic activity in Mount Lokon in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, had continued to decline after it erupted on Sept.9.

“The drop in volcanic activity can be seen from the deep and shallow volcanic earthquakes that have continued to decline in frequency since its initial eruption. Only one or two six-hour volcanic earthquakes have been recorded,” the head of the PVMBG’s Mt. Lokon and Mt. Mahawu observation post in Kakaskasen, Farid Ruskanda Bina, said on Sunday as quoted by Antara news agency.

He said the PVMBG would continue to monitor Mt. Lokon this month before implementing any follow-up measures.

“If its activity continues to decrease, then we will recommend the lowering of the volcano’s alert status,” Farid said.

Until now, the PVMBG has maintained a status level of 3 for Mt. Lokon with a danger zone set within a radius of 2.5 kilometers from its crater.

“We hope people will abide by the rule and not enter the danger zone limit. Moreover, its alert status has not yet been lowered to cautious [level 2],” he added.

Mt. Lokon erupted from Sept.9 to 12, spewing volcanic ash 2,500 meters into the sky. (ebf)

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