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Mount Soputan volcano on Sulawesi erupts MANADO - Mount Soputan in North Sulawesi province erupted about 6am on Sunday (8am AEST) but people living in the sparsely populated area have not been evacuated, Iing Kusnadi, a scientist at the volcano's monitoring post said.

"The volcano erupted this morning. Besides spewing ash and dust particles, it also spewed hot gas but that's limited to around its crater," he said. "The recommended evacuation zone is set at a six-kilometre radius around the volcano but there's only forest in that range."

"At the moment, it is still a safe distance from people but we'll continue to monitor the activity," he added. The nearest village is 8km away on the western side of the volcano, which towers 1783 metres over North Sulawesi province.

Soputan, one of Sulawesi's most active volcanoes, last erupted in 2008 with no fatalities recorded. Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where continental plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity. The archipelago nation is home to 129 active volcanoes, including 21 on Java.


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Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 July 2011 10:34 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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