Three Indonesian volcanoes show increased activity.
Jakarta, Shawwal 03, 1436, July 19, 2015, SPA -- Three volcanoes in Indonesia show increased volcanic
activity Sunday, prompting thousands of nearby villagers to evacuate
the area, an official said, according to dpa.
A spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, Sutopo Purwo
Nugroho said Mount Gamalama's eruptions since Saturday have prompted
at least 1500 villagers to flee, with the numbers of refugees
increasing as authorities continue to collect data from two
Nugroho said data from the volcanology and geological disaster agency
showed the volcano on Ternate island of North Maluku province has
been generating constant tremors.
Smoke, billowing between 150 to 800 metres into the air, is mainly
white, indicating that it consists mainly of steam and not volcanic
An earlier eruption this week by the volcano forced the closure
Sultan Babulllah airport.
Two other volcanoes on different islands also showed intense volcanic
activity. Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra on Sunday twice ejected
material 2,500 - 3,000 metres into the air, while Mount Raung in East
Java ejected thick, greyish black smoke up to 2,000 meters high.
The Transport Ministry announced the closure of a small airport in
Sumenep, Madura Island, located on the Java Sea north of East Java
province from 3 pm Sunday (0800 GMT) until at least 7 am Monday (0000
GMT Monday), Vivanews.com reported.
"The eruptions of Mount Sinabung and Mount Gamalama have forced so
far roughly 12,616 people to live in temporary shelters," Nugroho
18:35 LOCAL TIME 15:35 GMT
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|Date:||Jul 19, 2015|
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