The Jakarta Post
National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head Willem Rampangilei said on Wednesday that the government took measures to anticipate the eruption of Mount Agung in Karangasem, Bali.
The volcano alert status has been increased to Siaga, the third level on the alert scale, due to an increase in the volcano's seismic activity.
“The BNPB will continue to provide assistance to regional disaster mitigation agencies [BPBDs] in taking anticipatory measures against the possible eruption of Mt. Agung [...],” he said during his visit to the Mt. Agung observation post.
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Willem said the BNPB’s prevention and preparation deputy head assisted BPBD officials in mapping out a contingency plan to anticipate the eruption of Mt. Agung.
The observation post revealed that as of 6 a.m. local time on Wednesday, it recorded 94 instances of volcanic tremor, while in the previous day, 427 tremors were recorded.
“Although its quake activity was not as sharp as two days ago, there were 480 seconds of tremor. The epicenter of the quake is located only 2 kilometers from the surface and the depth of magma is only 5 km; hence, all people must stay alert,” said an observation post official.
“I wanted to check on whether the early warning system ran in line with our standard operating procedure and, if the volcano erupts, how the evacuation processes will be conducted and where the residents will be evacuated to. We aim to strengthen communication among institutions so that people can get information as quickly as possible,” said Willem. (ebf)
Get ready: An official at the observation post of Mount Agung, Bali, points out the risk zone of the volcano during the visit of National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head Willem Rampangilei (left) on Sept. 20 (Courtesy of the BNPB/File)