Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Red alert in Indonesia by the strong increase in activity of the volcano Lokon

The Indonesian authorities have declared a red alert on Monday, the highest degree, by volcanic activity Lokon in the Celebes, and announced the evacuation of hundreds of people living nearby. The National Disaster Management Indonesia has been an increase in volcanic activity since Saturday, when a column of smoke and ash up to 500 meters out of the crater.

The Government has ordered the evacuation of people within a radius of 3.5 kilometers around the mountain to prevent problems in case of a major eruption. Almost 30,000 people live in the vicinity of this volcano of 1,580 meters, located in northern Celebes and 20 kilometers from the regional capital, Manado.

In the last two decades, the Lokon has erupted five times of that of 1991 was the most serious, killing a Swiss tourist. Indonesia lies within the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire," an area of intense volcanic and seismic activity, and has about 400 volcanoes, of which 129 are active.

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