About 30 people were poisoned by gas released during an explosion at 24 of them were treated at Ijen Puskesmas, 4 at Tlogosari Health Center and 2 transferred to Koesnadi Bondowoso Hospital. Residents of three hamlets near the crater, Margahayu Hamlet, Watu Capil and Dusun Curah Macan, were evacuated to Puskemas Kecamatan Ijen.
The Ijen crater is closed due to toxic fumes. It is forbidden to approach the crater base although a the ‘normal’ status at the volcano. The gas was released by a phenomenon called ‘bualan’, an explosion, or a sudden release of gas by the crater lake, caused by an overpressure mainly due to an accumulation of CO2 and H2S in the acidic lake.
People returning to theirs farms and villages situated around the are devasted. Ashfalls have destroyed crops and plantations. Ash is all over, covering water tanks, roofs , nature and the rare grass so important for feeding livestock. Emergency food resources will be sent from Port Vila.
The Phivolcs in the encourages residents on shows signs of inflation… Similar to those reported before the eruption of Mayon volcano about three months ago. Yesterday, only one volcanic earthquake was recorded before a moderate steam emission that rose 400 meters above the summit. The last phreatic eruption of Kanlaon was in December 2017, while the last magma eruption occurred in 1902.