Disasters & Accidents

Volcanic activity alert raised to maximum on Indonesia’s Flores island

Jakarta, Jan 10 (EFE).- The Indonesian authorities recorded volcanic eruptions on Wednesday in Flores island in the east of the archipelago, hours after the country raised the alert level to the maximum.

The government’s Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG) observed increased volcanic activity in Mt. Lewotobi Lakithe since Jan. 1, leading to a high-energy eruption risk

Flames, incandescent material ejections, and lava flows were observed at the peak, the agency said in a statement on Wednesday.

Due to continuous tremors, the PVMBG raised the volcano activity alert from level three to level four, the highest in the country, on Tuesday night.

A safety radius of four kilometers around the eruption center has been put in place, banning tourist activities.

At least 1,500 inhabitants of towns near the volcano have been evacuated in the last 10 days due to an eruption risk.

On Jan. 1, the expulsion of ash from Lewotobi Lakithe rose between 1,000 and 1,500 meters above the mountain.

Indonesia is home to more than 400 volcanoes, of which at least 129 remain active and 65 are classified as dangerous.

In December, the archipelago experienced a tragic eruption of the Merapi volcano on the Sumatra island, which claimed 23 lives.

The country sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of great seismic and volcanic activities shaken by about 7,000 earthquakes a year, most of them of small magnitude. EFE


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