A second volcano eruption occurred in Indonesia just hours after the Mount Soputan volcano erupted on Sulawesi. A previous M7.4 quake and deadly tsunami that triggered landslides has already left 3,400 dead.
Natural disasters continue to plague Indonesia, after months of increased seismic activity, the Soputan volcano finally blew off steam, sending an ash column as high as 4,000 meters into the air.
Ash plumes are now moving in the west and northwest direction, with an alert level III issued for the active volcano.
Communities residing within a 6.5 km radius of the summit are being advised to stay clear of the area due to potential threats of lava flow and dangers from the ash clouds.
Locals who chose to stay in the vicinity of Soputan are being instructed to wear face masks to cover the nose and mouth, in order to avoid respiratory problems.
The vast volcano, known as the Son of Krakatoa, is spewing lava into the air and running down the volcano’s slopes, as the region reels from the magnitude 7.5 earthquake and consequent tsunami on the Sulawesi island last Friday.
Indonesia and it’s 17.000 islands located in the Ring of Fire region, are one of the worst affected areas hit by earthquakes in the world.