Two volcanoes in Indonesia erupt as authorities begin evacuating residents. Following the ongoing emission of thick clouds of brownish ash from the Mount Lewotobi Laki-laki volcano recently, Indonesia has successfully evacuated about 6,500 people from the island of Flores, according to authorities reports on Monday. As of now, there have been no reported casualties or significant damage due to the volcanic activity.
The volcanic eruptions in the East Nusa Tenggara province are part of a series of hot gas emissions that have increased in frequency recently. Mount Lewotobi Laki-laki, standing at 1,584 meters (5,197 feet), is one of the twin volcanoes, along with Lewotobi Perempuan, located in the Flores Timur district. Since Sunday, the volcano has erupted 40 times, with columns of hot clouds reaching heights between 500 to 1,500 meters (1,600 to 4,900 feet).
It is strongly recommended by authorities that the local people as well as visitors, including tourists, stay away from a radius of four kilometers (two and a half miles) around the area where the eruption is occurring. In addition, they are highlighting the possible danger of cold lava spilling into rivers that are located upstream from the summit in the case that there is a significant amount of rainfall.
It has been determined that residents of nearby villages have been evacuated to either the houses of their relatives or to evacuation shelters that have been designated. Last Tuesday, the officials raised the warning status of the volcano to the highest possible level.
Situated within the archipelago of Indonesia, which is home to a population of 270 million people, Mount Lewotobi Laki-laki is among the 120 active volcanoes in the country. Indonesia is highly susceptible to earthquakes and volcanic activities due to its location along the "Ring of Fire," a horseshoe-shaped arrangement of seismic fault lines encircling the Pacific Ocean.
Mount Marapi volcano releasing ash
Simultaneously, on the island of Sumatra, Mount Marapi in Indonesia experienced another eruption on Sunday, marking its second occurrence since December. The eruption resulted in the release of smoke and ash into the atmosphere, but fortunately, no casualties were reported. As a precautionary measure, at least 100 residents have been evacuated from the vicinity since Friday.
Ranked among the most active volcanoes in Indonesia, Mount Marapi is situated within the Pacific Ring of Fire, a region hosting 127 active volcanoes—the highest concentration worldwide.
Since the beginning of the 21st century, Mount Marapi has erupted a total of 11 times. Its most devastating single event occurred in 1979, claiming the lives of 60 individuals.