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Thousands of people evacuated after multiple volcanoes erupt in Indonesia.

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Early on Tuesday, another volcanic eruption by Mount Semeru was reported. Several villages in the vicinity were covered by ash and sulfur. The volcano is the highest volcano and located in the most densely populated area in Java.

People were also evacuated from the fertile lands of Mount Merapi as increased activity was detected by the Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center. The volcano was spewing a thick white smoke and ash. Several earthquakes in the region have occurred due to the volcano’s increased activity.

Also last Sunday, a volcano in East Indonesia erupted, prompting the evacuation of thousands of people. Plumes of smoke as high as 4,000metres were seen after the initial eruption.

Around 4,628 people from 28 villages were evacuated from Mount Ili Lewotolok located on Lembata island. The eruption lasted 10 minutes. Witnesses reported huge volcanic material as big as coconuts raining down on nearby villages. No casualties or injuries were reported in the eruption.

The alert status of the Ili Letowotolok volcano has been raised by Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center to level three out of the four-tiered alert system.

The volcano is one of three currently erupting in Indonesia. There are more than 120 active volcanoes in the country which is vulnerable to eruptions due to its close proximity to the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific ocean, where many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

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