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Indonesia Issues Tsunami Alert Following Ruang Volcano Eruption, Thousands Urged To Evacuate

Residents of Tagulandang Island were among those relocated to Manado, a six-hour boat journey away, underscoring the ongoing threat and need for preparedness in the region.
09:24 AM Apr 18, 2024 IST | Aniket Raj
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Indonesia Volcanic Eruption

Indonesian officials issued a tsunami warning on Wednesday following volcanic eruptions at Mount Ruang, which propelled ash several thousand feet into the air. Authorities instructed over 11,000 individuals to evacuate the vicinity.

Indonesia's Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation reported at least five significant eruptions from the volcano located on the northern side of Sulawesi island within the last 24 hours. Consequently, authorities elevated the volcano alert to its maximum level.

Indonesia, a nation comprising 270 million individuals, is home to 120 active volcanoes. Its susceptibility to volcanic eruptions stems from its location along the "Ring of Fire," a horseshoe-shaped network of seismic fault lines encircling the Pacific Ocean.

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Authorities issued advisories urging tourists and other individuals to maintain a distance of at least 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) from the 725-meter (2,378 foot) Ruang volcano. Concerns are heightened due to the possibility of a section of the volcano collapsing into the sea, potentially triggering a tsunami similar to the 1871 eruption event.

Once more, Tagulandang island, situated to the northeast of the volcano, faces renewed risk. Residents of the island are included among those instructed to evacuate the area. According to Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency, residents will be relocated to Manado, the closest city on Sulawesi island. This relocation journey entails a six-hour boat ride.

The eruption of Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano in 2018 resulted in a tsunami along the coasts of Sumatra and Java. This catastrophic event occurred when sections of the mountain collapsed into the ocean, claiming the lives of 430 individuals.

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