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Volcano erupts on Indonesian island where earthquake and tsunami has claimed more than 1,300 lives 

Volcano erupts spewing ash 1,200 metres into the air on the same Indonesian island where earthquake and tsunami has claimed more than 1,300 lives

  • Mount Soputan volcano erupted on an Indonesian island on Wednesday
  • Ash is spewing up to 4000 feet into the air from the volcano in North Sulawesi 
  • Same island where an earthquake and tsunami claimed more than 1,300 lives
  • Residents advised not to enter the area within a four kilometre radius of volcano

A volcano has erupted on the same Indonesian island where an earthquake and tsunami has claimed more than 1,300 lives.

Mount Soputan, located in North Sulawesi, erupted just before 9am Wednesday Indonesian time with ash spewing up to 4000 feet into the air.

‘The ash column with strong pressure was observed to be gray to brown with thick intensity inclined towards west & northwest,’ national disaster management agency BNPB Indonesia tweeted.

Dramatic photos have emerged of volcano Mount Soputan, which erupted just before 9am Wednesday Indonesian time

The BNPD says the current alert for Mount Soputan is a level three ‘standby’, which means the community should not be active in all areas within a four kilometre radius. 

The Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (CVGHM) also advised residents to refrain from entering the area around Mount Soputan.

It states the volcanic ash was drifting to the west and northwest.

Residents are advised not to enter within a four kilometre radius of Mount Soputan

Residents are advised not to enter within a four kilometre radius of Mount Soputan

‘This means that the volcanic ash will not disrupt flights. Sam Ratulangi International Airport in Manado is still operating normally, as it is located southeast of the mountain,’ CVGHM said in a statement.

‘We also suggest residents to use dust masks to avoid any potential respiratory problems in the event of falling ash.’

The North Sulawesi Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) has distributed masks to residents of the affected areas, The Jakarta Post reported.

It comes five days after a massive earthquake struck the island, triggering a tsunami and leading to at least 1,300 lives being lost.

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It comes five days after a massive earthquake struck the Indonesian island, triggering a tsunami and leading to at least 1,300 lives being lost

It comes five days after a massive earthquake struck the Indonesian island, triggering a tsunami and leading to at least 1,300 lives being lost

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