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Jakarta Post

Mount Lokon: Biggest eruption sends scores fleeing

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 18 2011   /  09:25 am

Mount Lokon in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, released its most powerful eruption yet on Sunday as it spewed hot ash and smoke more than 3,000 meters into the air, prompting alarmed villagers near the volcano to rush back to emergency shelters.

The North Sulawesi Disaster Mitigation Center (BPBD) reported an increase in volcanic activity since morning.

“Mt. Lokon remains active. The volcano spewed out sand close to the crater early in the morning,” North Sulawesi BPBD chief Hoyke Makarawung was quoted as saying by news portal

Toward the afternoon, the volcano sent ash and volcanic debris flying 3,500 meters into the air. The volcanic ash emitted by the explosion also created a 500 meter cloud visible from nearby Manado, the provincial capital.
No looking back: Several evacuees, fl eeing eruptions on Mount Lokon, sit in a search and rescue truck in Tomoho...