BPPTK: Merapi never sends hot clouds 60 Km from crater
Mon, November 8 2010 01:12 | 1146 Views
Yogyakarta (ANTARA News) - The Yogyakarta Volcanic Technology Development and Research Center (BPPTK) denied rumors on Sunday that Mount Merapi would shoot clouds of hot ash as far as 60 km from its crater.
"We ask the public to remain calm. In its history, Merapi has never sent clouds of hot ash that far," Subandrio, the center`s head, said.
The rumors were totally unfounded, he said.
He asked the public to follow the instructions issued by the authorized agencies such as the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) of the Geology Board and the Volcanic Technology Development and Research Center (BPPTK).
"The public should not easily be influenced by the rumors and the clouds of hot ash will not likely go beyond the danger zone 20 km away from the crater," he said.
Subandrio admitted clouds of hot ash still happened and from 11.00 to 12.00 a.m. on Sunday loud thundering sound was heard from the volcano. "The clouds of hot ash on that day reached a distance of 1.5 km to 5 km and moved in the direction of the upper reaches of Gendol and Woro rivers," he said.
In the past few days clouds of hot ash moved in the direction of the upper reaches of Gendol, Boyong and Krasak rivers. "But on Sunday the hot clouds mostly moved in the direction of Gendol and Woro rivers," he said.
The world`s most active volcano shot hot clouds of ash 10 km into the sky on Thursday.
Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry geological chief R. Sukhyat said Thursday`s eruption was the worst in the past 100 years. (*)
Editor: B Kunto Wibisono
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