Saturday, July 16, 2011

Two thousand evacuated after Indonesian volcano eruption Lokon

The Indonesian volcano Lokon erupted tossing rocks, lava and ash caused no victims four days after authorities had declared a red alert in the area, official sources reported on Friday. The eruption began around midnight and caused the brush fire in the surroundings without compromising your neighbors.

The Lokon, north of Celebes, plumes released last weekend that led volcanologists to declare the highest alert in a radius of 3.5 kilometers around the volcano. About 2,000 people were evacuated from the danger zone since Monday and relocated to a sports hall and several schools. The head of the control center of volcanoes, Farid Bina Rustanda said, "we anticipated the eruption, we are well prepared." About 30,000 people live in the vicinity of Lokon, a volcano of 1,580 meters, located 20 kilometers from the regional capital, Manado.

The Lokon, one of the 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia today, has had five outbreaks in the last twenty years, one of which, in 1991, resulted in the death of a person. Indonesia is located within the so-called 'Ring of Fire', an area of intense volcanic and seismic activity.

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