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    Mount Krakatau Children Erupted up to 576 times


    BANDUNG-Mount Anak Krakatau located in the Sunda Strait of Lampung Province again erupted. Based on Observation Post of Mount Anak Krakatau PVMBG, Mount Anak Krakatau erupted as many as 576 for a day on Saturday (08/18) with a high eruption varying from 100 meters to 500 meters from the top of the crater.

    For 24 hours, on Saturday (18/08) Mount Anak Krakatau erupted 576 times with an amplitude of 23-44 mm and an eruption duration of 19-255 seconds. The eruption accompanied by volcanic ash bursts, sand, flaring stones and the sound of thumping. Visually at night there are observed fire rays and incandescent lava. Blowing lasts 80 times, 5-30 mm amplitude with a duration of 10-80 seconds.

    On Saturday at 18:09 WIB, observed at the Gunung Anak Krakatau PVMBG Observation Post, an eruption occurred with a height of ash column observed ± 500 m above the peak (± 805 m above sea level). The observed ash column is black with thick intensity inclined to the north and this eruption is recorded on a seismogram with a maximum amplitude of 42 mm and a duration of ± 2 minutes 33 seconds.

    Even though there were 576 eruptions, there were no large eruptions that caused damaging effects. The eruption was only small but successive. The eruption had no effect on the flight path and shipping lane in the Sunda Strait and there was no increase in the status of the volcano which was still Waspada (level II) with a radius of a dangerous zone within a radius of 2 km.

    BNPB Head of Information Data and Public Relations, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho appealed to the public to be encouraged to remain calm. Banten Province BPBD, Lampung Province BPBD, PVMBG and BKSDA have taken precautionary measures, the important thing is that the community adheres to recommendations not to carry out activities within a 2 km radius of the top of the crater.

    "Indeed this is an opportunity for volcano tourism and education, not all countries have volcanoes, Indonesia has 127 active volcanoes or 13% of active volcanoes in the world are in Indonesia," he said. (Parno)

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