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Mount Lokon erupts

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Manado   /   Sun, August 30, 2015   /  03:55 pm
Mount Lokon erupts Stay away!: Mount Lokon in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, erupts on Saturday evening, spewing a column of ash around 1,500 meters high. No fatalities were reported during the eruption. (Kompas/Lucky Pransiska) (Kompas/Lucky Pransiska)

Stay away!: Mount Lokon in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, erupts on Saturday evening, spewing a column of ash around 1,500 meters high. No fatalities were reported during the eruption. (Kompas/Lucky Pransiska)

Mount Lokon in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, erupted on 11:49 p.m. local time on Saturday and spewed volcanic ash from its Tompaluan Crater, which reached several areas of Manado city.

Local residents reported that Mt. Lokon spewed a column of ash around 1,500 meters high, which spread in a northern and northeastern direction away from the volcano.

'€œWinds have pushed the volcanic ash areas, starting from Manado to North Minahasa. The ash is covering our houses. We have to get masks,'€ said Amanda, a Winangun resident, on Sunday.

Kompas.com reported that Saturday'€™s eruption had caused flight delays at Sam Ratulangi Airport in Manado as thick volcanic ash covered its runways.

At least three flights that should have departed for Balikpapan (East Kalimantan), Jakarta and Surabaya (East Java) on 6 a.m. local time on Sunday had to be rescheduled.

Authorities said they delayed their departures because of the poor condition of the airport'€™s runways.

There have been no reports of fatalities or injuries during the eruption. Lokon is one of active volcanoes in North Sulawesi that has frequent eruptions. Lokon last erupted in May. (ebf)

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