Indonesian volcano explodes in smoke, lava and lightning – Second eruption of Mount Ruang in a week forces thousands to evacuate (VIDEO) | The Gateway expert

Today, Indonesia's Mount Ruang volcano spewed more hot clouds after yesterday's eruption – the second in a week – forced the closure of schools and airports, littered villages with rubble and led to another evacuation of hundreds of people.

Seven airports remained closed following the eruption on Tuesday (May 1). The volcano is located on the small Ruang Island.

CBS News reported:

“The Indonesian Geological Agency urged people to stay at least 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) from the volcano's crater. It warned people on nearby Tagulandang island, closest to the volcano, of possible superheated volcanic clouds due to a further eruption and tsunami if the mountain's volcanic dome collapsed into the sea.

Tuesday's eruption darkened the sky and peppered several villages with ash, debris and rocks. No casualties have been reported. The country's disaster management agency posted dramatic videos online of dozens of lightning strikes flashing in the cloud of hot gases and debris bubbling up from the volcano's crater at night.'

Hundreds of villagers from Tagulandang Island were evacuated on a navy ship, while similar numbers were still at a local port awaiting evacuation.

“[Rescue] Agency spokesman Abdul Muhari said 11,000 to 12,000 people living within the 6.5-kilometer danger zone would be taken to government shelters.

After the eruption of Mount Ruang on April 17, authorities warned that another eruption could push part of the volcano into the sea.”

Mount Ruang, which spewed ash more than a mile into the sky, is one of 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia.

Volcanic eruptions and earthquakes are common there due to its location on the Pacific fault line of the “Ring of Fire”, which extends from the Pacific coast of the Americas to Japan and Southeast Asia.

ABC news reported:

“The 725-meter-high volcano in North Sulawesi province is located about 95 kilometers northeast of Sam Ratulangi International Airport in Manado, the provincial capital.

[…] Ash, debris and stone fell from the sky in towns and cities in the region, including Manado, a city of more than 430,000 residents where motorists had to turn on their headlights during the day.

“It was dark and rocks were raining down at the post due to the eruption,” said Yulius Ramopolii, the head of the Mount Ruang observatory. 'The tremors were intense and knocked out the power, and volcanic earthquakes shook the glass windows and everything around us'.”

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