Indonesia volcano erupts triggers tsunami warning, evacuations


Indonesian authorities have issued a tsunami warning after an eruption of Mount Rouang volcano sent volcanic ash thousands of feet into the sky. Officials ordered more than 11,000 people to leave the area.

The Indonesian Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center said that the volcano on the northern side of Sulawesi has experienced at least five large-scale eruptions in the past 24 hours. Authorities raised the volcano alert to the highest level.

At least 800 residents left the area early Wednesday (local time).

Indonesia is an archipelago country with a population of 270 million and 120 active volcanoes. It is prone to volcanic activity because it lies along the Ring of Fire, a horseshoe-shaped series of earthquake fault lines around the Pacific Ocean.

Authorities are urging tourists and others to stay at least 6 kilometers away from the 725m Ruang volcano.

Officials fear that part of the volcano could collapse into the sea, triggering a tsunami, like the one that erupted in 1871.

Tagulandang Island, northeast of the volcano, is again in danger, and residents on the island have also been asked to evacuate.

Indonesia’s national disaster risk reduction agency said residents would be moved to Manado, the nearest city on Sulawesi island, a six-hour boat ride away.

In 2018, Indonesia’s Anak Krakatoa volcano erupted and part of the mountain fell into the sea, triggering a tsunami along the coasts of Sumatra and Java, killing 430 people.


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