Merapi's eruption unlikely to affect air quality, says MetMalaysia

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  • Sunday, 21 Jun 2020

This handout photo taken and released on June 21, 2020 by Indonesia's Research and Technology Development for Geological Hazard Mitigation (BPPTKG) shows the Merapi Mount volcano spewing thick smoke into the air as seen from Yogyakarta. - Photo by Handout /BPPTKG/AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Malaysia’s air quality is unlikely to be affected by Sunday (June 21) morning’s double volcanic eruption of Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta, spewing a column of grey ash 6,000m into the air.

Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) director-general Jailan Simon said this was because the winds were blowing in the south and southwest directions and that no earthquake and tsunami were expected to hit the country.

"The Air Pollution Index (API) shows that the air quality reading nationwide is normal,” he said in a statement.

He said that as of 7pm Sunday, four locations in major cities showed API readings of between 0 and 50, which indicates good air quality, and the areas were Seremban, Negri Sembilan (47); Kota Tinggi, Johor (48); Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (21); and Kuching, Sarawak (18).

Seven areas recorded API readings of more than 51 to 100 indicating moderate air quality. They were Batu Muda, Kuala Lumpur (56); Petaling Jaya, Selangor (54); Putrajaya (52); Bandaraya Melaka, Melaka (51); while Tasek Ipoh, Perak; Seberang Prai, Penang; and Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu each recorded a reading of 58.

It was reported that Mount Merapi erupted at 10.13am and 10.27am Sunday.

So far, the Yogyakarta Geological Disaster Technology Research and Development Centre (BPPTKG) has set the Mt Merapi status at a cautious level. - Bernama

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