Volcano on Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ erupts in Indonesia sending huge columns of ash spewing 25,000 feet into the sky

Sunday, December 16, 2018
By Paul Martin

Mount Soputan, a 6,000ft volcano in Minahasa in northern Sulawesi island, erupted twice on Sunday morning
Residents have been warned to avoid the peak and told to wear masks in case lava comes flowing down slopes
Soputan is one of more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia which is positioned on the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’

16 December 2018

A volcano in central Indonesia has erupted, sending columns of thick ash spewing as high as 25,000 feet into the sky.

Mount Soputan, a 6,000ft peak in Minahasa on the northern part of Sulawesi island, erupted twice on Sunday morning.

A two-and-a-half mile exclusion zone has been enforced around the mountain as the national disaster agency warns local residents to avoid the peak.

Hot ash and lava could come sliding down the volcano’s slopes and threaten rivers around the mountain, agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

Residents were also urged to wear masks in case of ash rain, as authorities kept the volcano’s alert level at the second-highest level.

Mount Soputan, which stands at 5,853 feet (1,784 metres) 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.’

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