Indonesian volcano Mount Soputan erupts sending thick ash into the sky

Indonesian volcano Mount Soputan erupts sending thick ash into the sky

December 17, 2018

Mount Soputan, on the northern part of Sulawesi Island, erupted twice this morning, said the national disaster agency's spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

He said in anticipation of hot ash and lava sliding down the volcano's slopes, local residents have been urged to avoid activities near the mountain.

People were also warned against the possible flowing of lava into rivers around the volcano, and urged to wear masks in case of ash rain.




Authorities kept the volcano's alert level at the second-highest level.

Soputan, which stands 1,784 meters (5,853 feet) tall, is one of Indonesia's more than 120 active volcanoes.

Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 260 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire."



 

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