Jakarta, MINA – The situation after the eruption of Mount Tangkuban Perahu on Friday afternoon, began to be conducive this morning Saturday 27 July. Tourist Area Managers closed the mountain tourist area in the administrative area of Cikahuripan Village, Lembang District, West Bandung, West Java.
The Monitoring Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG) informs that the affected area is around a 500-meter radius from the crater. Until now there has been no information about casualties or serious injuries after the accident.
A total of 15 tourists were affected by shortness of breath and were evacuated to Sespim Police, Lembang. Government officials have evacuated climbers and visitors in the mountain tourist area. Anyone is not allowed to stay in the active crater area.
To anticipate a worse risk, the local Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) urged anyone to enter a 2 km radius from the mountain crater, while the settlement location is approximately 7 km from the crater.
At present, the West Bandung Regency BPBD has coordinated with the West Java Province BPBD, Subang BPBD and PVMBG Regency. The provincial BPBD dropped the review team quickly to the field. People around the mountain to remain calm, not panic, and not provoked by issues that are not true.
PVMBG has given warnings to area managers since 10 days ago related to possible conditions. This is intended to increase preparedness in the event of an eruption, such as in October 2013 and followed by a warning of possible sudden eruptions.
The PVMBG analysis states that the safe radius of the eruption, as well as freactics in October 2013, is not close to the crater or less than 500 meters (the radius of the rim of the crater is 400 meters).
In connection with the current phenomenon, PVMBG informs that a secondary eruption can occur with the potential for sediment still around the bottom of the crater. But still, the main determining basis is the data recorded today.
At present, the threat level is still in the crater so there is no need to increase the status, except in the future there is a potential for an enlarged ramps radius. Until now, PVMBG still determines the status of Tangkuban Perahu Mountain at Level I (Normal) with recommendations. (T/Ais/P2)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)