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Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The Indonesian Energy and Mineral Source Ministry and the United States Geological Survey have agreed to establish cooperation in natural disaster monitoring, analysis, early warning and mitigation of volcanoes in North Sulawesi.
“The cooperation is very strategic because it can contribute protection and safety to the people living in volcano areas. It can also help improve the knowledge and the volcano eruption mitigation system,” Energy and Mineral Source Ministry Purnomo Yusgiantoro said here on Friday after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the cooperation.
Minister Purnomo said that Indonesia has the largest number of volcanoes in the world, namely 129 volcanoes, and 80 of them have the potential to erupt and cause disaster.
Around 3.3 million of people lived around active volcano areas which could endanger their lives, he added.
In North Sulawesi Province, about 460,000 people live and perform their activities in areas within a radius of 10 km from volcano`s eruption points.
Under the cooperation with the US Geological Survey, 11 volcanoes in North Sulawesi would be closely monitored, the Indonesian minister said.
The volcanoes included Mt. Ambang, Mt. Lokon, Mt. Tangkoko, and Mt. Klabat on northern Sulawesi Island, and Mt. Awu, Mt. Karangetang, Mt. Ruang, Mt. Submarine, and Mt. Banua Wuhu on Sangihe Talaud Islands.
“The 11 volcanoes will be instrumentally monitored by using satellites and the data collection will be centered at Kakaskasen volcano monitoring post in North Sulawesi, while the results will be sent to the Geological Disaster Mitigation and Volcanology Center in Bandung,” the minister said. (*)
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