Indonesia disaster agency warns of severe weather as Anak Krakatoa continues to pose a danger
- 4 months ago
Indonesian authorities have warned of "extreme weather and high waves" around the erupting Anak Krakatau volcano, while the nations’ meteorology agency has fears the crater is in danger to becoming fragile due to the bad weather.
BMKG head Dwikorita Karnawati stated, "We have developed a monitoring system focused specifically on the volcanic tremors at Anak Krakatau so that we can issue early warnings," adding that there is 2-kilometre exclusion zone around the affected areas.
While the chief spokesman for BMKG, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said “The current early warning system is for earthquake activity.”
“Indonesia must build an early warning system for tsunamis that are generated by underwater landslides and volcanic eruptions … Landslides triggered the 1992 Maumere tsunami and the Palu 2018 tsunami.”
He also said Indonesia’s tsunami buoy network had not been operational since 2012.
“Vandalism, a limited budget and technical damage mean there were no tsunami buoys at this time.”
“They need to be rebuilt to strengthen the Indonesian tsunami early warning system.”
“Anak Krakatau has been erupting since June 2018 until now. Yesterday’s eruption was not the biggest. The October-November 2018 period had a larger eruption.”
The landslide triggered by the volcano’s eruption was the cause behind the tsunami wave, which in turn did not warn scientists of any dangers, that is until waves reached 3 metres of height.
The volcano has been growing since 1927 and Saturday’s tsunami has claimed 429 lives so far with 154 people missing as ongoing rescue operations still work in reaching remote villages affected by the disaster.
Source: Smart Trend Team