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Indonesia’s Marapi volcano erupts again, a month after deadly incident

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Indonesia’s Marapi volcano erupts again, a month after deadly incident

ERUPTION. Mount Marapi volcano spews volcanic ash during an eruption as seen from Nagari Bukik Batabuah in Agam, West Sumatra province, Indonesia, January 14, 2024, in this photo taken by Antara Foto.

Antara Foto/Iggoy el Fitra via REUTERS

Volcanic ash from Sunday's eruption covers nearby houses, vehicles and evacuation tents set up by the local disaster agency

AGAM, Indonesia – Indonesia’s Marapi volcano erupted on Sunday, January 14, with ash rising 1,300 meters from the peak six weeks month after a fatal eruption, according to the country’s geological agency.

The volcano in West Sumatra province erupted at least twice by 03:37 pm on Sunday, the agency said, urging the evacuation of people within 4.5 km of the centre of the eruption, with the possibility of lava flows in rivers and valleys.

“In case there’s a rain of ash, we urge residents to also use masks in order to prevent respiratory illness,” the agency said.

In December more than 20 people were killed after Marapi, one of Sumatra’s most active volcanoes, erupted and spewed grey clouds of ash as high as 3 km.

Indonesia straddles the “Pacific Ring of Fire”, an area of high seismic activity atop multiple tectonic plates.

Volcanic ash from Sunday’s eruption covered nearby houses, vehicles and evacuation tents set up by the local disaster agency, Reuters footage showed.

A number of residents went to health facilities for respiratory checkups, and the authorities distributed masks. – Rappler.com

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