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The National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) has stated that it deplores the fake news surrounding the eruption of Mount Agung being spread on social media platforms.

“When thousands of residents around Mount Agung are being evacuated, there are still people who spread misleading and false news. This is a hoax and it’s deplorable,” said Head of Data and Public Relations of BNPB Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, in his twitter account @Sutopo_BNPB, Sunday evening.

According to DETIK, Sutopo was responding to one of the hoaxes circulating on Whatsapp that stated Mount Agung was going to erupt tonight (last night).

There is also a fake news video depicting the eruption of a volcano. Sutopo said the video was from the eruption of Mount Sinabung in 2015, and as is well clear to all following the situation, Mount Agung has not yet erupted.

Sutopo asserted that the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG), nor all the volcano experts in the world, can determine exactly if and when Mount Agung will erupt.

Image: Huffington Post

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  • Michael Evans


  • Ross Macfarlane

    Dear Seminyak Times, I hope you can see your hypocrisy by comparing this story with your most recent headline. You even chose to present it in upper case “EXPERT SAYS ERUPTION OF MOUNT AGUNG COULD BE BIGGER OR MAY NOT EVEN ERUPT” Please take a cold shower and check yourself in the mirror…Shabby Journalism.

  • Seminyak Edits

    Hmm what’s fake about the headline? It’s what Surono said.

  • Paolo Bali

    the national disaster management agency should go to communication school….and take an elementary course at least…..what they have been doing is irresponsible and beyond any logical explanation.

  • Stuart Beat

    What have they been doing?

  • Paolo Bali

    kickstarting panic in all foreign media giving incomplete and imprecise information.

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