Volcanic Eruption Forces Evacuation of Hundreds in Indonesia's North Sulawesi

Mount Ruang eruption in Indonesia prompts evacuation of hundreds, highlighting the ongoing threat of active volcanoes and the importance of disaster preparedness.

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Nitish Verma
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Volcanic Eruption Forces Evacuation of Hundreds in Indonesia's North Sulawesi

Volcanic Eruption Forces Evacuation of Hundreds in Indonesia's North Sulawesi

The eruption of Mount Ruang in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, has prompted the evacuation of hundreds of residents from the affected areas. The volcano, located on Ruang island about 100 kilometers north of Manado City, has been spewing lava and ash clouds into the sky since Tuesday, April 16, 2024.

Authorities have raised the alert level of the volcano from Alert to Alert, the second highest level, due to the increased activity. The eruption was triggered by recent earthquakes on the island, with the mountain emitting dangerous and explosive hot clouds as high as 1.8 kilometers into the sky.

Officials are preparing several evacuation points on Tagulandang Island, located near Ruang island. The impacted locations are in Pumpente and Patologi villages, Tagulandang district. As of Wednesday, April 17th, 2024, 838 people are ready to be evacuated using boats. The communication network signal in Laingpatehi Village has been cut off.

Ruang island is home to about 838 residents, most of whom have now been evacuated to the nearest island, Tagulandang. Officials have cleared the island and no activity is allowed within 4 kilometers of the crater. They have recommended that the community and visitors do not enter the radius of 4 kilometers from the center of the active crater of Mount Ruang, and the level of activity will be periodically evaluated.

Why this matters: The volcanic eruption in North Sulawesi highlights the ongoing threat posed by Indonesia's active volcanoes, which are part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. The evacuation of hundreds of residents highlights the importance of early warning systems and emergency preparedness in mitigating the impact of such natural disasters on local communities.

The head of the Sitaro Regency Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD), Samsul Bahri, stated, "We have prepared evacuation points in Tagulandang district, namely in Bahoi, Buhias, Lesa, and Mohongsawang villages." He added that the evacuation process is being carried out using boats, as Ruang island can only be accessed by sea transportation.

Key Takeaways

  • Mount Ruang in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, erupted, prompting evacuation of 838 residents.
  • Volcano alert level raised due to increased activity, with lava and ash clouds up to 1.8km.
  • Evacuation points set up on Tagulandang Island, with boats used to transport 838 evacuees.
  • No activity allowed within 4km of the crater, and activity will be periodically evaluated.
  • Eruption highlights ongoing threat of Indonesia's active volcanoes and need for preparedness.