Twenty-five volcanoes in Indonesia have been put in alert or watch status. Mount Marapi and Mount Talang in West Sumatra are still under alert status. Mount Marapi is located in Agam and Tanahdatar districts and rises 2891 meters above sea level and Mount Talang (2597) in Solok district was located around 40 kilometers from the provincial capital Padang. Mount Papandayan in West Java, Mount Karangetan and Lokon in North Sulawesi, Mount Ijen in East Java, Mount Gamalama in North Maluku, Mount Krakatau in Banten and Lampung and Mount Lewoloto in East Nusa Tenggara are closely observed too. According to experts earthquakes <M5 could trigger magma in the volcanoes to rise and so people must not only be alert over big but also small tremors. The small magnitude quake is now being studied by researchers with regard to minimizing the damage in case an eruption happens in the country as there are a lot of volcanoes in Indonesia. (Antara)
National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) reported that there is 7 volcanoes on stanby status and 17 on alert status.
STATUS GUNUNG API
|7 Gunung Berstatus Siaga|
|17 Gunung Berstatus Waspada|
|Ile Lewotolo||2 Januari 2012|
|Ijen||18 Desember 2011|
|Gamalama||4 Desember 2011|
|Papandayan||13 Agustus 2011|
|Karangetang||8 Agustus 2011|
|Lokon||24 Juli 2011|
|Krakatau||30 September 2011|
|Sundoro||05 Desember 2011|
As the year 2012 started, the volcanic activity around globe increased. There were new activities reported at Etna (Italy), Galeras and Fuego (Colombia), Láscar (Chile), Reventador, Sangay and Tungurahua (Ecuador), Nyamuragira (DR Congo) and at Zubair Archipelago (Yemen). Ongoing activities continued at El Hierro (Canary Islands), Karymsky, Kizimen and Shiveluch (Kamchatka, Russia), Kilauea (Hawaii), Popocatépetl (México), Puyehue-Cordón Caulle (Chile), Sakura-jima(Japan) and Santa María (Guatemala).
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