Volcanic activities of Mt Agung, Mt Rinjani remain normal: Disaster Mitigation Center

Volcanic activities of Mt Agung, Mt Rinjani remain normal: Disaster Mitigation Center

Illustration. Mount Rinjani. (ANTARA PHOTO/Ahmad Subaidi)

Bandung, W Java (ANTARA News) - The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) ensured that volcanic activities of Mount Agung in Bali and Mt Rinjani in West Nusa Tenggara Province remain normal despite Sunday`s magnitude-7 earthquake that hit Lombok Island.

"According to our colleagues, who have been monitoring the condition of Mt Agung and Mt Rinjani, there is no increase in the volcanic activities after the earthquake," Chief of the Bandung PVMBG Kasbani noted here on Monday.

The earthquake that again hit Lombok Island in West Nusa Tenggara Province on Sunday was caused by active fault lines on the northern slope of Mount Rinjani, with its epicenter being on the land, he revealed.

The strong quake damaged the wall of PVMBG`s observation post near Mt Rinjani and Mt Agung and led to the positions of its two equipment getting misplaced. However, the equipment remain functional," he noted.

The PVMBG`s team members attempted to fix the equipment`s positions, so that they could again work normally," he revealed.

The magnitude-7 quake had reportedly killed 91 people and caused injuries to 209. It also damaged thousands of houses and forced tens of thousands of local residents to take refuge.

In response to the impacts of this deadly disaster, President Joko Widodo has instructed his concerned ministers, particularly Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto and other stakeholders, to immediately address them.

The immediate response includes evacuation of injured and dead victims and dispatch of relief aid.

"Logistics has already been sent to West Nusa Tenggara Province since last night, including doctors," he remarked.

The head of state said he had been monitoring the impacts of the powerful earthquake from Jakarta. He has extended his deepest condolences over the loss of several lives and the devastation caused by Sunday evening`s powerful earthquake.

The head of state offered support to the quake-affected people and wished fortitude to the victims` families and loved ones as well as all those affected by the quake. He also sought consolidation in continuing rescue operations and the search for missing persons.

He ensured that the victims immediately received optimal treatment, including getting the necessary logistical assistance.

The president further emphasized that the victims will receive help after calculations were made of the impacts of the earthquake.

Reported by Asep Firmansyah
Edited by Rahmad Nasution

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