JAKARTA, INDONESIA – A volcano in eastern Indonesia erupted on Sunday, sending a column of ash as high as 4,000 meters (13,120 feet) into the sky and evacuating thousands of people.
Nearly 2,800 people from at least 28 villages were evacuated from the slopes of Mount Ili Lewotolok, which is located on Lembata Island in East Nusa Tenggara province, as the volcano began to erupt, the gate said. -speaking of the Disaster Mitigation Agency, Raditya Jati. There were no reports of fatalities or injuries from the eruption.
The Transport Department said a theft warning was issued after the eruption and a local airport was closed due to ash rains over many areas of the island.
Mount Ili Lewotolok has been erupting intermittently since October 2017. The Volcanological and Geological Risk Mitigation Center raised the volcano’s alert level to the second-highest level on Sunday after sensors resumed increasing activity.
The 5,423-meter (17,790-foot) mountain is one of three currently erupting in Indonesia along with Merapi on the island of Java and Sinabung on the island of Sumatra.
They are part of more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines around the Pacific Ocean.
After the eruption, the Disaster Mitigation Agency advised villagers and climbers to stay 4 kilometers (2.4 miles) from the crater and be aware of the danger of lava.