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The volcano, called Mount Ile Lewotolok, is in the East Nusa Tenggara province of Lembata, Indonesia. Reports from Indonesia suggest 2,780 people from 26 villages have fled the area. The land surrounding the volcano is being swept in “hot clouds and lava streams”.
Volcanic ash and smoke have spewed 2.5 miles into the sky above the mountain.
The active volcano is in the Lesser Sunda Islands of the Indonesian archipelago.
Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Centre warned of “hot clouds, lava stream, lava avalanche, and poisonous gas” in the area around the volcano.
So far no casualties have been reported.
Head of Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Centre Pak Kasbani said the volcano’s status was raised to the second-highest level on Indonesia’s four-tier alert system due to “increasing threats” based on monitoring reports.
Raditya Jati an Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman said the eruption from the volcano had caused widespread panic.
The island where the volcano is located is 1616 miles east of Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta.
East Nusa Tenggara’s Wunopitu airport was temporarily closed and flights diverted because of volcanic ash.
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The 1.2 miles no-go zone around the crater at the top of the volcano has been widened to 2.5 miles.
Indonesia’s geological agency said: “People are advised to not carry out any activities within a four-kilometre radius from the crater.”
Indonesia has nearly 130 active volcanoes.
The country is positioned on the “Ring of Fire”, an area of tectonic plate boundaries that circles the Pacific Ocean.
Many countries positioned on this line experience frequent seismic activity.
Indonesia experienced a major volcanic eruption in late 2018.
On the strait between the Java and Sumatra islands, a large volcano erupted, this caused an underwater landslide that caused a tsunami that killed more than 400 people.
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