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Mount Ile Lewotolok in Lembata Erupts, Ash Column Height Reaches 1,000 Meters

The Ile Lewotolok Volcano Monitoring Post in Lembata Regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), reported an eruption at 15.02 WITA.

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The eruption of Mount Ile Lewotolok in Lembata this afternoon., NTT - The Ile Lewotolok Volcano Monitoring Post in Lembata Regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), reported an eruption at 15.02 WITA.

White smoke with the column height reaches 1,000 meters out of the crater of the volcano. 

"The ash column was observed to be white to gray with a thick intensity leaning towards the west," said Head of the Ile Lewotolok Volcano Observation Post, Stanislaus Ara Kian, as quoted from Antara, Thursday (15/4/2021).

Stanislaus explained that the volcanic eruption was recorded on a seismogram with a maximum amplitude of 20 mm and a duration of approximately 35 seconds. 

The eruption released by Mount Ile Lewotolok was accompanied by a very strong explosion. Thus, the ground around the mountain trembled slightly. 

Stanislaus advised residents on the slopes of the mountain as well as visitors and tourists not to carry out activities within a three-kilometer radius of the volcano's summit. 

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He also reminded residents about the potential dangers of volcanic ash which can cause respiratory problems. People are asked to prepare masks and other equipment to protect their eyes and skin. 

According to him, the volcanic ash due to the eruption fell in several sectors around the mountain. 

He also asked residents who live in the vicinity of the river that reaches the top of the mountain to be aware of the threat of cold lava. 

The monitoring post, he said, remains on standby to ensure that there are no bigger and higher ash bursts that could endanger residents around the mountain. (*)

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