Volcano in Indonesia erupts again, weeks after deadly eruption

Indonesia's Marapi volcano erupted again on Sunday, sending ash 1,300 meters (4,300 feet) into the air. This eruption comes just six weeks after a previous fatal eruption, the country's geological agency reports.

Publication: 14.01.2024 - 14:44
Volcano in Indonesia erupts again, weeks after deadly eruption
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Located in West Sumatra province, the volcano experienced at least two eruptions by 0337 GMT on Sunday. Authorities have urged people within 4.5 kilometers (2.8 miles) of the eruption's epicenter to evacuate, warning of potential lava flows in nearby rivers and valleys.

The agency also advised residents to wear masks to protect against ash rain, which could cause respiratory issues.

In December, Marapi, one of Sumatra's most active volcanoes, erupted, killing over 20 people. The eruption propelled a grey cloud of ash up to 3 kilometers (2 miles) high. Indonesia, known for its seismic activity, sits on the "Pacific Ring of Fire," a hotspot for tectonic movements.

Sunday's eruption resulted in volcanic ash blanketing nearby houses, vehicles, and evacuation tents established by local disaster agencies, as shown in Reuters footage.

Several residents sought respiratory checkups at health facilities, and authorities distributed masks in response to the eruption.

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