• A volcano erupted in Indonesia’s North Sulawesi province on Sunday, spewing a column of ash measuring 7.5 km to the sky, a disaster agency official said.
• Mount Soputan erupted twice first at 7.43 a.m. and the second at 8.57 a.m., an agency spokesman told Xinhua news agency.
• Ashes were spread toward south-west and south of the crater and small tremors jolted the area.
• “In anticipating the hot ash from sliding into the flank of the volcano and flows of cool lava, the community is prohibited from having activities at the radius of 4 km from the crater, and for the area at southwest of the crater the no-go zone has been declared at 6.5 km,” the spokesman said.
• Mount Soputan is one of 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia which lies on a vulnerable quake-hit zone called “the Pacific Ring of Fire”.
Mains Paper 1: Geography | Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc
Prelims level: Mount Soputan
Mains level: Volcanic eruptions and Plate Tectonics Theory