The Ruang volcano erupts again and forces more than 12,000 people to evacuate

The Ruang volcano erupts again and forces more than 12,000 people to evacuate
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The Ruang volcano erupts again and forces more than 12,000 people to evacuateEFE

The Indonesian volcano Ruang erupted again this Tuesday, after an increase in volcanic activity two weeks agoand launched a ash cloud up to 5,000 meters high, which caused the elevation of the aalert at maximum level IV and the beginning of the evacuation of thousands of residents.

The new eruption too affected air traffic and four internal flights in Malaysia operated by the AirAsia airline between Kuala Lumpur and the city of Tawau, in the west of the island of Borneo, were canceled for “security” reasons.

The Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG, acronym in Indonesian) indicated in a statement that the volcano, located in the central area of ​​the archipelago, erupted at 08:35 local time (00:35 GMT) and that volcanic activity continues active.

“Communities around Mount Ruang and visitors/tourists should be on alert and do not approach within a radius of 7 kilometers,” he said. the Indonesian agency, which raised the alert from level III to IV and expanded the security radius.

12,000 evacuations

The disaster management agency (BNPB, acronym in Indonesian) indicated today in a statement that the activity of the Ruang increased from Monday night and early today, with hundreds of “volcanic earthquakes” and small eruptions of ash and rocks.

The eruptions affected an emergency post in the Apengsala village, located within a 7-kilometer radius of the volcano on the neighboring island of Tagulandangwhere authorities temporarily cut off electricity for safety.

BNPB estimates that between 11,000 and 12,000 people will be evacuatedbecause their homes are within the exclusion radius, and extended the state of emergency until May 13.

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When the volcano erupted several times two weeks ago, emergency services evacuated more than 800 residents of the Ruang volcano island and hundreds of residents of the neighboring island of Tagulandangwith about 22,000 inhabitants and about 4 kilometers north of the Ruang crater.

Seismic activity

Then, the eruptions caused small earthquakes and ash clouds They forced the temporary closure of Manado International Airporton the island of Celebes, located south of the Ruang volcano, as well as the suspension of flights by the Malaysian airline Malaysia Airlines in Sabah and Sarawak (Malaysia).

Ruang volcano is about 725 meters high and is located on a small island of the same name about 5 kilometers wide.

Aerial view of the Ruang volcano, Indonesia (file).

Indonesia is home to more than 400 volcanoes, of which at least 129 remain active and 65 are classified as dangerous.

In December 2023, the sudden eruption of the Merapi volcano, on the island of Sumatra, claimed the lives of 23 people.

Indonesia sits within the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of ​​great seismic and volcanic activity which is shaken by about 7,000 earthquakes a year, most of them of small magnitude.

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