Mount Lokon in Tomohon City, North Sulawesi, erupted at 5:10 a.m., local time, on Monday. A loud boom was heard and lava was shot 2,000 meters into the sky from the Tompaluan crater.
Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) North Sulawesi chapter head, Hoyke Makarawung, explained on Monday that the ash cloud reached to the south and south eastern parts of the city.
“Mount Lokon is still sending a plume of ash into the sky. Face mask distribution, coordinated by the BPBD Tomohon City, is underway,” said Hoyke as quoted by kompas.com.
Local residents in Tomohon City do not seem fazed by the situation and can be seen going about their daily activities. The BPBD, however, warned people to not go within a 2.5-kilometer radius of the Tompaluan crater.
Mount Lokon and Mount Mahawu observation post at the Bandung Geology Agency’s volcanology and geological disaster mitigation center (PVMBG) in Kakaskasen, Tomohon, maintained Mt. Lokon’s volcanic activity status at level 3 alert (siaga).
Mount Lokon has been erupting since July 2011. In that time its status was once raised to alert level 4 (awas).
The last eruption was on Wednesday last week. (asw/ebf)