Indonesia issues red alert as volcano erupts

Mar 18, 2011
This undated picture received in 2006 shows Karangetang volcano spewing smoke. Indonesia issued a red alert Friday after Mount Karangetang on the island of Sulawesi erupted, sending lava and searing gas clouds down its slopes, a volcanologist said.

Indonesia issued a red alert Friday after Mount Karangetang on the island of Sulawesi erupted, sending lava and searing gas clouds down its slopes, a volcanologist said.

"We raised the volcano's status to the highest red alert level today at 5:45 pm (1045GMT) and ordered an evacuation in three villages on the slopes," government volcanologist Surono told AFP.

He said that the 1,784-metre (5,850-foot) mountain on the sparsely-populated island off North Sulawesi oozed lava, heat clouds and debris reaching as far as 3,800 metres away down its slopes.

"The eruption is still going on and its current activity remains high," he said.

"The main threat is heat clouds that will be fatal for people living in villages on the slope."

The killed four people during an eruption in August 2010.

sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where continental plates collide, causing frequent seismic and . The archipelago nation is home to 129 active volcanoes, including 21 on Java.

Explore further: NASA's HS3 mission covers transition of Hurricane Cristobal

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Indonesia downgrades Mount Merapi volcano alert

Dec 03, 2010

Indonesian scientists Friday downgraded the alert status of Mount Merapi from its highest level after it killed more than 350 people in a series of violent eruptions that started in late October.

Indonesia warns volcano could erupt at any time

Oct 25, 2010

(AP) -- Indonesia warned Monday that its most volatile volcano could erupt at any time and started evacuating some of the thousands of villagers living on the mountain's slope.

Indonesian volcano erupts again; strongest yet

Sep 07, 2010

(AP) -- An Indonesian volcano shot a towering cloud of black ash high into the air Tuesday, dusting villages 15 miles (25 kilometers) away in its most powerful eruption since awakening last week from four ...

Indonesia volcano shoots new blast; 21 more rumble

Nov 01, 2010

(AP) -- Evacuees cringed and fled for cover Monday as an erupting volcano - one of 22 showing increased activity in Indonesia - let loose booming explosions of hot gas and debris in its most powerful blast in a deadly week. ...

Recommended for you

NASA HS3 instrument views two dimensions of clouds

11 hours ago

NASA's Cloud Physics Lidar (CPL) instrument, flying aboard an unmanned Global Hawk aircraft in this summer's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, mission, is studying the changing profile of the atmosphere ...

Research drones launched into Hurricane Edouard

14 hours ago

U.S. government scientists are launching winged drones into Hurricane Edouard, hoping to collect data that could help forecasters understand what makes some storms strengthen into monsters while others fade away.

User comments : 0