Thousands flee as Mount Lokon erupts

Thousands flee as Mount Lokon erupts

Mount Lokon in Indonesia erupted yesterday after nearly a week of activity which has resulted in thousands of local residents being evacuated.

According to reports, Mount Lokon on Sulawesi island spewed thick gray ash more than 2,600 feet (800 meters) in the air early on Saturday.

Flights within 5 miles of the peak have been diverted, however according to reports no flights have been cancelled and operations at the nearby airport in Manado were unaffected.
According to officials, tourists would be prevented from going on popular day hikes to the volcano, located 13 miles away from the capital. The 5,741-foot mountain, is still active after three blasts this week.
Indonesia is prone to earthquakes and volcanoes as it sits atop the “Pacific Ring of Fire,”  Mount Lokon is one of Indonesia’s 129 active volcanos. In 1991 killed a Swiss hiker was killed in its last major eruption.

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