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Indonesia Issues Tsunami Alert Following Ruang Volcano Eruption

Indonesia Issues Tsunami Alert Following Ruang Volcano Eruption – Indonesian authorities issued a tsunami warning on Wednesday after Mount Ruang’s volcano erupted, sending ash several thousand feet into the air. Authorities have ordered more than 11,000 people to evacuate nearby areas.

Indonesia’s Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation reported at least five major eruptions from the volcano on the northern side of Sulawesi island in the past 24 hours. As a result, authorities raised the volcano alert to its maximum level.

Indonesia, a country of 270 million people, is home to 120 active volcanoes. Its susceptibility to volcanic eruptions stems from its location along the “Ring of Fire,” the horseshoe-shaped network of seismic fault lines that straddle the Pacific Ocean.

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Officials urged tourists and others to maintain a distance of at least 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) from the 725-meter (2,378-foot) active volcano. Concerns have been raised by the possibility of part of the volcano collapsing into the sea, potentially triggering a tsunami similar to the 1871 eruption.

Once again, the island of Tagulandang, located northeast of the volcano, faces a new threat. Residents of the island are among those ordered to evacuate the area. According to Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency, residents will be moved to Manado, the closest city on the island of Sulawesi. This migration journey involves a six-hour boat ride.

In 2018, the eruption of Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau volcano caused a tsunami to hit the coasts of Sumatra and Java. The disaster occurred when parts of the mountain fell into the sea, killing 430 people.

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