More villagers near Mt. Sinabung must evacuate, says PVMBG
The Jakarta Post
The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) in Bandung, West Java, has said tens of thousands of people living in 21 villages and hamlets near Mount Sinabung, North Sumatra, must evacuate as its volcanic activity status increased from siaga (alert) to awas (red-alert) ' the highest level ' at 10 a.m. local time, on Sunday.
'Mount Sinabung's volcanic activity is still fluctuating. It has continued to accumulate, resulting in higher pressures and bigger gas materials,' said PVMBG head M. Hendrasto on the agency's decision to increase Mt. Sinabung's alert level.
As one indicator, Hendrasto said, the PVMBG found 3 to 4 centimeter-wide volcanic materials in areas within a radius of between 3 to 4 kilometers from the Sinabung crater.
'The alert status was increased to awas to anticipate unwanted scenarios from occurring,' said Hendrasto. (ebf)
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