Now A Volcanic Eruption Hits Sulawesi

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Now A Volcanic Eruption Hits Sulawesi

Postby toucana on October 3rd, 2018, 7:31 am 

Mount Soputan Eruption

The island of Sualwesi in Indonesia which was devastated by earthquakes and a 6m (18 foot) tsunami just five days ago is now suffering a volcanic eruption.

Mount Soputan in North Sulawesi province starting spewing ash 6,000m (19,685ft) into the sky on Wednesday afternoon.

A government volcanologist said he suspects the eruption was triggered by last Friday's 7.5-magnitude earthquake, which also created a tsunami and has killed 1,407 people - with the number rising daily.

Planes have been warned about ash clouds, as they can be hazardous for their engines.

Air evacuations only recently began in Central Sulawesi - about 585 miles (940km) southwest of the volcano - and aid planes have also just started to be able to get to Palu, the city most badly hit by the tsunami.

The volcano's eruption status was raised from an alert to standby 2.5 miles (4km) from the summit and up to four miles (6.5km) to the west-southwest.

Standby status means people should avoid the area nearest the volcano and have masks available in case of ash fall.

Many villages have already been cut off by landslides caused by the earthquake, with the number of deaths expected to rise even further over the coming days. A volcanic eruption creates an additional risk of lahar.

Lahar is an Indonesian word adopted by vulcanologists in 1922 for violent mud-flows of pyroclastic materials mixed with water that can travel at up to 60 mph and cause widespread devastation.
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