In Indonesia, a volcano has erupted, spewing ash and smoke into the air and forcing 2,700 residents to flee their homes and go to safety.
Located in East Nusa Tenggara province in Indonesia, the volcano erupted on Sunday, Nov. 29, spewing “hot clouds, lava and toxic gas” into surrounding areas.
Ash and smoke can be seen up to four kilometers into the sky, the country’s disaster relief agency said.
Raditya Jati, a spokesman for the agency, told Reuters that the eruption of Mt. The Ile Lewotolok volcano had caused panic among local residents.
Eyewitness Muhammad Ilham, 17, said residents have fled and are “still looking for refuge,” while many currently need “money” to leave the island.
According to the Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, the area near the volcano is likely to experience “hot clouds, lava flow, lavagelawa and toxic gas”.
As a result of “increasing threats”, the center has now raised the volcano’s hazard level to four on the country’s four-layer alter system.
It is one of 130 active volcanoes in the country, but there are currently only two others in Indonesia on alert level four.
Sinabung in Sumatra, which erupted this month, is also at alert level four, along with the Merapi volcano on the island of Java.
Mount Sinabung in Sumatra erupted at 7:52 a.m. local time on August 29, shooting hot volcanic ash 2,000 meters into the air.
It also spewed out a 1,500-foot column of ash that forced residents living near the volcano to move from the area.
Armen Spautra, a member of the observation team, told the Jakarta Post, “This is the first time this month that the volcano hot erupted close together with volcanic ash.”