Indonesia's volcano erupts, triggering evacuation
JAKARTA, Jul 11, 2011 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Another volcano in North Sulawesi
province has erupted, triggering an evacuation of over 20,000
people living near the slope of the mountain, officials said on
Mount Lokon has started big eruptions since about 22:00 p.m.
local time (1400 GMT) Sunday which led the National Volcanology
Agency raising the alert level to the highest and declaring 3.5
kilometer of dangerous zone, said Kristianto, head of monitoring
and search of volcano for eastern Indonesia. "On Sunday night
the scale of the eruption began to rise significantly that led us
raising the alert level to the top," he told Xinhua by phone from
Over 500 meter high hot ashes went up from the crater, said
"We have recommended evacuations of those living in the eastern
parts of the mountain in the area of at least 3.5 kilometers from
the mountain," he said.
Airports have been informed to be alert of the impact of the
eruption, said Kristianto.
Earlier this month, the main airport in the province had been
forced to close after another volcano of Saputan in the province
Police, soldiers, officials at the local disaster management
agency and have prepared for the evacuation of the residence at
Tumohon Utara and Tumohon Barat districts, Arnold Poly, senior
official at the provincial disaster management and mitigation
agency told Xinhua by phone from then province.
There are over 20,000 people might be evacuated should the wind
keep blowing to the east of the mount, he said.
"A sport stadium and buildings have been prepared to facilitate
the evacuees, security authorities have been ready to bring the
residence to the shelters," he said. Mount Lokon is one of
Indonesia's active volcanoes whose number is about 129, according
to the National Volcanology Agency.
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