Second Volcano Erupts in Indonesia Following Earthquake and Tsunami
Son of Krakatoa in Java spews lava into the air as region hit by more natural disasters
A huge volcano in Java, Indonesia has erupted just hours after another eruption on the Sulawesi Island following the devastating 7.5 magnitude earthquake on Friday that triggered a massive tsunami, leaving at least 1,300 people dead.
Java's vast Son of Krakatoa volcano is spewing lava, smoke, and ash into the air as the region is hit by yet another natural disaster.
Incredible video footage shows lava running down the slopes of the volcano as the region reels from the destruction left by the earthquake and consequent tsunami on the Sulawesi island last week.
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The Head of Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, posted an update on Twitter about the latest eruption, assuring people it's not a cause for concern.
He tweeted: “Mount child of Krakatoa erupted almost daily.
“On 2/10/2018 156 eruptions occurred, throwing sand and ash, incandescent lava.
“The volcano’s condition is safe if it is outside the radius of 2 km from the crater.
“Interesting to see the tourist phenomenon the mountain erupted in a safe place.”
According to Express, Indonesia is located in the Ring of Fire region, one of the worst affected areas by earthquakes in the world.
The volcanic zone is home to 452 volcanoes.
The region also has a series of oceanic trenches, volcanic arcs, volcanic belts, and tectonic plate movements, which make it extremely prone to earthquakes and tsunamis.
Just minutes before the Son of Krakatoa erupted in Java, Mount Soputan, a volcano on Sulawesi island also started to erupt.
Mount Soputan erupted on Wednesday morning at 8.47 am local time (2.57 am BST), with ash billowing in the sky as high as 5,809 meters above sea level.
In a warning to the affected region, The Regional Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said:
“The community should not have activities in all areas within a 4km radius of the peak of Mount Soputan and within the sectoral expansion area to the west-south-west direction as far as 6.5km from the peak which is a crater opening area to avoid the potential threat of lava and hot clouds."
The death toll from Friday’s catastrophic 7.5 earthquake has reached at least 1,350, but the number is predicted to rise.
Aid supplies are starting to arrive in the city of Palu, which was engulfed by a tsunami as a result of the ensuing tremors.
Police are guarding shops against looters as tensions in the area rise.