Nearly 1,000 evacuations as Banda Api volcano seismic activity increases in Indonesia

Indonesian authorities are preparing to evacuate nearly 1,000 people living in dangerous zones as Banda Api volcano in Maluku province of eastern Indonesia has turned more active.

Mount Banda Api is being hit by several sudden tremors since several days, forcing state rangers to ban any activity in the radius of one kilometer from the crater.

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Banda Api last erupted in 1988. photo by I. Yoshida / VSI

A recommendation for evacuation and an activity ban within one kilometer from the crater have been issued.

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More than 1000 people have to evacuate an area in a radius of 1km around the indonesian volcano Banda Api in April 2017. Map of risk areas by VSI 05.04.2017

According to experts, this increase in earthquake frequency may indicate an imminent eruption. And if it doesn’t happen, poisonous gas will spread from the crater.

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Increasein volcanic tremor below the Banda Api volcano in Indonesia on April 8, 2017. via Doc. VSI

According to the head of the disaster agency in the area, many residents still live in the slope of the volcano, and more than 770 people live within the dead zone. All of them must be evacuated as soon as possible.

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A map of the volcanic tremor at Banda API in the hands of an Indonesian volcanologist. via Youtube

Mount Banda Api erupted in 1998, killing 3 people and prompting evacuations for thousands of residents.

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