Mount Lokon Erupts 12 Times


Mount Lokon in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, erupted again on Monday morning spewing volcanic materials to as high as 2,500 meters.

“The explosion sent most of the volcanic materials to the north hitting a number of villages including Pineleng, Tateli, and Tanawangko,” Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the head of the Information Data Center and the public relations office of the National Agency for Disaster said.

Sutopo said the rumbling was heard and felt in other areas including Minahasa, 10 kilometers away.

He said the local people living not far from the angry volcano rushed out from their houses to watch the the black materials thrown to the sky before falling on the ground.

The local people have been used to seeing the volcano exploding contributing to the high fertility of farm lands in Tomohon.

The volcano began erratic eruptions since July when the authorities declared the status of being on the alert in that area.

The Volcanology and Geology Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) still maintains a radius of 2.5 kilo meters from the crater to be closed for people, Sutopo said .

Mount Lokon in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, erupted 12 times between 6:12 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday.

“In the first eruption, Mount Lokon spewed ash one kilometre into the air, and in the second eruption, it spewed ash 2.5 km into the air,” said Farid Ruskanda Bina, head of the Mount Lokon and Mahawu monitoring post.

PVMBG has raised the alert level for Mount Lokon to phase three.

Since July 2011, Mount Lokon has erupted several times.

On July 14, 2013, Mount Lokon erupted, forcing villagers to abandon their homes immediately. Close to 2,510 people sought refuge in nearby places that day. The next day, around 4,446 people sought refuge in nearby places.

Indonesia has the most number of active volcanoes in the world, out of which 76 have erupted. So far, Indonesia has witnessed 1,171 eruptions, slightly lower than the number of eruptions witnessed by Japan-1,274.

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