PADANG: West Sumatra operations and rescue agencies brought down more than 164 climbers after Mount Marapi erupted and released thick plumes of ash into the air since last Saturday.
Report Between Newsall climbers have been warned not to climb to the top of the mountain but there are still some who are determined to go to the crater area.
“There are 47 climbers who are registered before going up the mountain while there are another 57 who climb illegally.
“However, all of them have been taken down and the mountain area has also been temporarily closed,” explained the Head of West Sumatra’s Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA), Ardi Andono.
West Sumatra’s Mount Marapi, located in the Agam and Tanah Datar regions, has erupted seven times last Saturday, spewing ash as high as 300 meters.
The surrounding residents and travelers are instructed to be vigilant and not to do any activity around a distance of three kilometers from the top of the mountain.
“Residents in the vicinity are expected to remain calm and always communicate with the regional government to get the latest status of Mount Marapi.
“All residents and climbers should obey the instructions to stay away from the crater which is the source of gases that are harmful to health,” said Ardi.
Currently the status of Mount Marapi is at level two or alert after the observation post in Bukittinggi is still recording small-scale eruptions from the mountain’s crater.
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