Volatile Mount Lokon erupts with smoke, ash in northern Indonesia, residents put on alert

Saturday, September 22, 2012
By Paul Martin

TheExtinctionProtocol.com
September 22, 2012

September 22, 2012 – JAKARTA, Indonesia – A volcano in northern Indonesia has spewed hot smoke and ash thousands of feet into the air in two new eruptions. Mount Lokon on Sulawesi island had been dormant before rumbling back to life last year. Government volcanologist Hendrasto says it unleashed two strong eruptions Friday. Residents have been put on alert, but no evacuations are planned since the nearest villages are beyond the danger area about 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) from the crater. Mount Lokon’s last major eruption in 1991 killed a Swiss hiker and forced thousands to flee. The volcano is one of five on high alert in Indonesia. The archipelago straddles the “Pacific Ring of Fire” and has more active volcanoes than any other nation. –Windsor Star

Earthquake strikes Mexico: A 5.4 magnitude earthquake shook parts of southern Mexico on Saturday, causing buildings to sway gently in the capital but causing no immediate reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 7:30 a.m. (8:30 EDT; 1230 GMT) with a magnitude of 5.4. It was centered about 16 miles (25 kilometers) north of Pinotepa Nacional, a city near the Pacific Coast, and about 210 miles (340 kilometers) south-southeast of Mexico City. Mexico’s national seismology service initially calculated the quake’s magnitude as 5.8 and said it was centered southwest of Pinotepa Nacional. -HP

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