Soputan Volcano Erupts, Ejecting Thick Ash in Indonesia

Jakarta, A volcano in central Indonesia has

erupted, ejecting columns of thick ash as high as 7,500 meters (24,606

feet) into the sky.

Mount Soputan, located on the northern part of Sulawesi island,

erupted twice this morning, said the national disaster agency’s

spokesman.

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.

Residents 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, the Associated Press (AP) news reported.

Source: Oman News Agency