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Indonesian Volcano Erupts, Triggering Evacuations and Tsunami Fears

April 18, 2024
Indonesian Volcano Erupts

Indonesian officials have ordered the immediate evacuation of hundreds of villagers near Mount Ruang, located on the remote Ruang Island in North Sulawesi. The order comes as the 725-meter volcano has violently erupted multiple times since Tuesday night.

The country’s volcanology agency reports at least five eruptions, each spewing fiery lava and vast ash plumes into the atmosphere. Hendra Gunawan, the agency’s chief, has raised the alert level around the volcano to the highest possible warning, restricting access within 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) of the peak.

The urgent action is fueled by concerns that Mount Ruang could undergo a partial collapse into the surrounding sea, generating a devastating tsunami. Historical records indicate a similar event in 1871 caused by the volcano.

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Local authorities are working to ensure the safety of residents in the affected areas. Evacuation efforts are underway, and emergency shelters are being established. Scientists are closely monitoring the volcano’s activity, ready to provide updates and guidance as the situation evolves.

This is a developing story. Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

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