Tsunami Warning Issued for Fears of Volcano Collapse in Indonesia

After at least five significant volcanic explosions on the Ruang mountain in a 24-hour period, a tsunami warning has been issued. When the Ruang mountain in Indonesia’s Sulawesi island began to spew ash and lava, some residents had to be evacuated as it reached a height of 1.5 kilometers.

The volcano alert has been raised to the highest level by Indonesian authorities.More than 11,000 people have been evacuated. Tourists have been told to stay at least 6 km away from the Ruang mountain.

According to Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency, inhabitants will be moved to Manado, the closest city on the island of Sulawesi; that is a 6-hour boat journey.

Manado’s Sam Ratulangi airport, about 100 kilometers from Ruang Mountain, is closed till Thursday night. It’s a precautionary measure as the volcanic ash could pose a danger to flights.

A statement by Indonesia’s volcano agency warned the locals to “be on alert for the potential ejection of rocks, hot cloud discharges and tsunami caused by the collapse of the volcano’s body into the sea.”

Officials are concerned that, similar to an eruption in 1871, a portion of the volcano may fall into the sea and create a tsunami. Residents on Tagulandang island, which is northeast of the volcano, are among those being advised to evacuate as the island is once more in danger.

In 2018, the eruption of Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau volcano caused a tsunami along the coasts of Sumatra and Java after parts of the mountain fell into the ocean, killing 430 people.

Volcanic activity increased in Ruang due to two recent earthquakes causing instability in the tectonic plates, as per the agency.

Due to its location along the “Ring of Fire”, a horseshoe-shaped network of seismic fault lines encircling the Pacific Ocean, Indonesia is home to 120 active volcanoes and is frequently the site of volcanic eruptions.

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