The officers at the Ile Lewotolok Volcano Observation Post, Lembata regency, East Nusa Tenggara, set the status of the mountain to be alert after repeated seismic activity.
The Ile Lewotolok Volcano monitoring officer Yeremias Kristianto Pugel, in his report received by Antara in Kupang, Wednesday, January 2, said that the increase in status had occurred since Sunday, December 30.
“Until now, the status is still alert,” he said when contacted from Kupang.
Yeremias appealed to the public, visitors, climbers, and tourists around Ile Lewotolok Volcano not to be around the mountain area. At present, climbing activities have been banned. The residents were asked to be more than 2 kilometers from the summit or center of mountain activity.
The Head of the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) NTT Tini Thadeus said that he had received information about the status of the mountain.
Tini said, since December 29, seismographs on Mount Lewotolok noted four earthquake gusts, one shallow earthquake, three times deep volcanic earthquakes, and two distant tectonic earthquakes.
Tini expects residents or visitors to follow the ban from mountain monitoring post officials.
“We also ask residents under the foot of the mountain to be more alert,” he said.
The Ile Lewotolok volcano, which has a height of 1423 meters, is a very active mountain.
The record showed this volcano has experienced eruptions several times. Sometimes it only spewed dangerous materials such as in October 2017. The activity made 700 residents in three villages at the foot of the mountain have to evacuate for days.