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Indonesia’s Mount Ibu erupts, spews ash 5km into sky
Published on: Wednesday, May 15, 2024
By: AFP
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Indonesia’s Mount Ibu erupts, spews ash 5km into sky
Last week, authorities raised Mount Ibu’s alert status to the second-highest level. (Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation/AFP pic)
JAKARTA: A volcano in eastern Indonesia spewed ash 5km into the sky on Wednesday in one of its largest eruptions this year.

No damage or casualties were immediately reported but images showed a tower of ash soaring into the sky above Mount Ibu, located on the remote island of Halmahera in North Maluku province.

The huge grey and black ash column was “seen in thick intensity and leaning towards the west”, said Indonesia’s Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation in a statement.

It called on locals and tourists not to go within 5km of Ibu’s crater.

“If ash fall occurs, residents carrying out outdoor activities are suggested to wear nose, mouth, and eye protections,” it said.

Ibu also erupted on Monday, spewing another ash tower 5km above its peak.

Last week, authorities raised Ibu’s alert status to the second-highest level.

Mount Ibu is one of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes, erupting more than 21,000 times last year.

More than 700,000 people lived on Halmahera island as of 2022, according to official figures.

 

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