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Jakarta Post

Mt. Sinabung alert status lowered for first time since 2015

  • Arya Dipa and Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung/Medan   /   Tue, May 21 2019   /  12:37 am

The Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) has lowered the alert status for Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, from the highest Level IV to Level III (siaga or watch) for the first time since 2015.The status was lowered at 10 a.m. on Monday after the PVMBG had recorded reduced volcanic activity for the last 10 months.“In the last 10 months, Mt. Sinabung’s lava dome has not grown and has emptied out. Based on our seismic data of the mountain, the intensity of its magma pressure and supply has not increased,” PVMBG head Kasbani added.Mt. Sinabung roared back to life in 2010 for the first time in 400 years. After another period of inactivity, it erupted in 2013 and has remained highly active since. The PVMBG declared the highest alert status in June 2015 before finally lowering it for the first time now.Kasbani said Mt. Sinabung’s seismic activit...