The Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) has called on fisherfolk to stay alert and maintain a safe distance from Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatau) in Lampung after an increase in eruptive activity was recorded in late February.
The PVMBG recorded that there were plumes of volcanic ash at Anak Krakatau that rose 500 meters in height on Feb. 23.
Six volcanic earthquakes and one tectonic earthquake were recorded on Feb. 26. Two days later, there were 18 volcanic earthquakes and 11 tectonic earthquakes.
“We advise local fishermen to be more alert. They should stay at least 5 kilometers away from the mountain for their safety,” an officer of the Mount Anak Krakatau observation post, Deni Mardiono, said as quoted by state news agency Antara.
In December last year, an eruption at Anak Krakatau caused part of the mountain to collapse, creating a deadly tsunami that hit the shores of Banten. As a result, the volcano shrank to almost a third its original height, from 338 meters to 110 m. Eruptive activity at the mountain had subsided since then, before picking up again in mid-February. (das)