JAKARTA, NNC - Mount Merapi in Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta erupted on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 07.40 am with a small roar. The eruption reached 5.5 kilometers high for five minutes. The eruption occurred only once.
Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) said that Mount Merapi remains in normal status. Nevertheless, the volcanic ash that showered the surrounding area made PVMBG issued a Red VONA which resulted in the closure of Adi Sucipto international airport from 10:42 am to 16:30 pm.
Head of Research and Development Center for Geological Geological Technology at PVMBG Hanik Humaida said until now the activity of Mount Merapi has subsided, people are encouraged to calm down. "The current eruption is a minor eruption triggered by the accumulation of volcanic gases and probably will not be followed by further eruptions," Hanik said.
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya appreciated the readiness and quick response taken by the National Agency for National and Regional Disaster Management (BNPB and BPBD), the Ministry of Transportation, relevant agencies, and local communities in providing up-to-date information to avoid panic and get all the needs, hence tourist activities return to normal.
"Yogyakarta is normal, it is okay to visit, please vacation and explore Gudeg city of Yogyakarta. Access to Yogya is back to normal, can be reached by air, train, and car or land," said Minister Arief Yahya, in a press release on Saturday (5/12/2018).
Minister Arief added the attraction in Yogyakarta is back to normal. "Merapi is clear, the Authority of Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, since the morning has determined that the activity of Merapi is normal. Related to climbing activity of Mount Merapi it is recommended only up to Bubrah Market, except for the interest of investigation and research related to disaster mitigation efforts it becomes suggestion and recommendation which should be obeyed," explained Arief Yahya.
Meanwhile, the Transportation Ministry's Director General of Air Transportation Agus Santoso instructed flight stakeholders in Yogyakarta and other affected areas to raise awareness and work together for safety, security and level of flight services.