More than 12,000 people were evacuated after the Ruang volcano erupted

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JAKARTA, April 30 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s Ruang volcano erupted on Tuesday, spewing lava as lightning flashes lit up its crater, prompting authorities to raise the alert status and evacuate more than 12,000 people living on a nearby island.
The agency raised the alert status of Ruang to the highest level following the early morning eruption, urging residents not to go near the volcano.
Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) said that all 843 residents living in Ruang island, where the volcano is located, have been moved to Manado, the capital of North Sulawesi province.
Residents of Tagulandang island are being relocated to Siau island to the north.
Ruang island is about 100 km from Manado, the capital of North Sulawesi province in the north-central region of the sprawling Indonesian archipelago.
The eruption corresponded with a spike in seismic activity and deep volcanic earthquakes, the disaster agency said.
Authorities closed Manado’s Sam Ratulangi airport again on Tuesday, citing the possible spread of volcanic ash, the airport operator said in an Instagram post.
Authorities downgraded the status level to level 3 last week before bumping it up again to level 4 on Tuesday.

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JAKARTA, April 30 (Reuters) – On Tuesday, the Ruang volcano in Indonesia erupted, spitting lava as lightning struck its crater. This prompted authorities to evacuate over 12,000 people who were living on a nearby island and to raise the alert status.

A tsunami could be caused by volcanic material collapsing into the ocean, as the residents of Tagulandang island were alerted to by the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG).

As of Tuesday afternoon, the warning that had been issued in the morning had not been lifted.

As a result of the early morning eruption, the agency upgraded Ruang’s alert status to the highest level and advised locals to stay away from the volcano.

The capital of North Sulawesi province, Manado, has taken up residence for the 843 people who were displaced from Ruang island, home of the volcano, according to the Indonesian disaster mitigation agency (BNPB). Tagulandang island’s inhabitants are being moved to Siau island, which is located to the north.

The eruption comes after several earlier in the month that closed the airport in Manado, the provincial capital, and forced hundreds of people to flee. Some homes sustained damage as a result of that eruption. The potential for a tsunami was also mentioned in the volcanology at the time.

Video released by the Indonesian disaster agency showed lightning strikes above Ruang’s crater and flaming red lava and rock clouds raining down all over the island.

With a warning of potential future “explosive eruptions,” the volcanology agency reported that the eruption column had reached a height of 5 kilometers (3 point 1 miles) and urged any surviving residents within a 7-kilometer (previously 6-kilometer) radius to leave right away.

Ruang island is located in the north-central part of the vast Indonesian archipelago, approximately 100 kilometers from Manado, the provincial capital of North Sulawesi.

According to the disaster agency, deep volcanic earthquakes and an increase in seismic activity coincided with the eruption.

The airport operator posted on Instagram that authorities had once again closed Manado’s Sam Ratulangi airport due to the potential spread of volcanic ash. The transport ministry announced that the airport will stay closed until Wednesday at noon.

Last week, the status was downgraded to level 3, but on Tuesday, the authorities raised it to level 4.

Indonesia is located on the edge of the “Pacific Ring of Fire,” a region where several tectonic plates converge and is known for its intense seismic activity.

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Kim Coghill, Miral Fahmy, Christian Schmollinger, Lincoln Feast, and Ananda Teresia reported, while Kate Lamb wrote and edited the piece.

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