Indonesia's Ruang Volcano Erupts: Evacuations Ordered, Tsunami Feared

Mount Ruang, a volcano in Indonesia, erupted on Wednesday prompting evacuation orders in the North Sulawesi province. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) announced it was assessing the risk of tsunamis to Okinawa. The volcano could be seen spewing ash, lava and smoke. According to BNPB, at least 838 residents had to be evacuated from the Sitaro Islands Regency.
Indonesia's Ruang Volcano Erupts

Indonesia's Ruang Volcano Erupts

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Mount Ruang, a volcano in Indonesia, erupted on Wednesday prompting evacuation orders in the North Sulawesi province. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) announced it was assessing the risk of tsunamis to Okinawa. The volcano could be seen spewing ash, lava and smoke.
Indonesia's National Agency for Disaster Countermeasure (BNPB) had issued a press release on Wednesday, warning locals of an increased volcanic activity. Officials raised the alert level to three. According to BNPB, at least 838 residents had to be evacuated from the Sitaro Islands Regency, North Sulawesi during Mount Raung's early stages of a full-scale eruption.
By 9:40 AM EST on Thursday, volcanic ash shot more than 3000 meters upwards. Videos show lava spilling on the mountain slopes. Amid fears of a tsunami, the JMA said it was assessing wave height.
The Multiplatform Application for Geohazard Mitigation and Assessment in Indonesia (MAGMA Indonesia) said that people should be calm and 'carry out their activities as usual'. However, it asked locals to refrain from going within 2.5 miles of the volcano's crater.
That agency reported 373 deep volcanic earthquakes and one local tectonic earthquake on Wednesdsay.
Ruang is the southernmost stratovolcano in the Sangihe Islands arc. The first recorded eruption was in 1808 then another in 1871 which leveled a village on nearby Tagulandang. "Explosive eruptions recorded since 1808 have often been accompanied by lava dome formation and pyroclastic flows that have damaged inhabited areas," the Global Volcanism Program says.
Last year, in December, more than 20 people died after a surprise volcanic eruption at Mount Marapi on the island of Sumatra.
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