The alert level of Mount Papandayan in Garut, West Java has gone up a notch to alert level 3 — just one level below eruption.
According to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) the 2,665-meter volcano had shown a significant increase in tectonic earthquake activity since Friday.
“BNPB has dispatched a quick-response team to assess the necessary emergency action local government and other agencies need to take in order to ensure the safety of residents living around the volcano,” Sutopo said.
Mount Papandayan last erupted on Nov. 11, 2002. Even though there were no deaths or casualties, dozens of houses were destroyed by the lava that swept through the villages within the volcano’s 10km radius.
It’s earliest recorded eruption was in 1772 when it destroyed 40 villages and killed 2,951 people.