JAKARTA (Antara): Volcanology center has prohibited residents from approaching Mt. Talang in West Sumatra, which has been in a second highest alert status since Sunday.
Head of the Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Surono said Tuesday that volcanic materials from the 2,600 high mountain in Solok regency could be thrown up to three-kilometers away from the peak of Mt. Talang.
"Areas within radius of three kilometers (from Mt. Talang) can be reached by the volcanic materials," Surono was quoted by Antara news agency as saying.
He, however, said his institution has not recommended residents living in the slope of the mountain from leaving their houses.
"Residents do not need to panic over the increasing activities of Mt. Talang. Our team of experts carry out close coordination with local administration," he said, adding that the increasingvolcanic activity has connection with the recent powerful earthquake in the province.
The increase of alert status was made after Mt. Talang spewed brown cloud up to 1,000 meters away from its peak on Saturday.
The center imposed a similar level of alert status to the mountain in late last year. Some 26,000 people were evacuated from the slopes of the mountain in 2005.
Bij de Talang liggen twee kratermeren, de grootste hiervan is het Talangmeer (Danau Talang). De vulkaan vormt een tweeling-vulkaan met de uitgedoofde Pasar Arbaa.
Tussen 1833 en 1968 hebben er in ieder geval 8 uitbarstingen plaatsgevonden, in de jaren 1833, 1843, 1845, 1876, 1963, 1967 en 1968. Na een kleine uitbarsting op 11 april 2005 werden meer dan 25.000 mensen uit het gebied rond de vulkaan geÃ«vacueerd. In september 2006 werd de alarmfase van de vulkaan verhoogd vanwege een verhoogde activiteit ervan.
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Talang volcano, seen here from the Volcanological Survey of Indonesia observation post at Batu Barjangan on the NNE side, is a twin volcano with the older Pasar Arbaa volcano. The summit of Talang lacks a crater, and historical eruptions, consisting of mild explosive activity, have originated from a valley on the NE flank.
Photo by Ruska Hadian, 1986 (Volcanological Survey of Indonesia).
Bron: Global Volcanism Program