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Friday June 14, 2024

Indonesia's Mount Ibu volcano erupts again, threatening residents’ safety

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, which is an area high in seismic activity where multiple tectonic plates meet

By Web Desk
June 04, 2024
Indonesia volcano erupts, spews ash 7 km into the sky. — The Guardian/File
Indonesia volcano erupts, spews ash 7 km into the sky. — The Guardian/File

Indonesia’s Mount Ibu volcano erupted again on Tuesday, sending thick clouds of ashes five kilometres into the sky as authorities warned residents to stay indoors.

It is the latest round of eruptions that have been taking place since the start of this year. Up until now, seven nearby villages have been asked to evacuate.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, which is an area high in seismic activity where multiple tectonic plates meet.

The East Asian country is located between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean and comprises more than 17,000 islands.

Mount Ibu Volcano is located on the eastern side of the country and has been erupting since May. 

As per an official from the volcanology agency, "The volcano is recently active because there is an intense magma movement."

Last month, another volcano named Ruang erupted in North Sulawesi and spewed incandescent lava, forcing the evacuation of more than 12,000 people.

More than 60 people were killed after flash floods and cold lava flow from Mount Marapi, one of the most active volcanoes in the province of West Sumatra, inundated several nearby districts following torrential rain on May 11.