August 5, 2021

Soputan volcano erupts on the Indonesian island of Celebes

Soputan volcano erupts on the Indonesian island of Celebes

The Sotupan volcano, located in the north of the island of Celebes, in Indonesia, today erupted, forcing the authorities of the Asian country to raise the alert in the area at level 3 of a scale of 4, informed official sources .

The Sotupan emitted a column of smoke and ash of 4,000 meters of height that moves towards the west of the volcano, where the authorities have established a safety radio of 4 kilometers around the crater, said the agency of prevention of disasters, BNPB.

The volcano is located about 600 kilometers on the same island affected last Friday by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake followed by a tsunami that has caused more than 1,200 deaths.

Sotupan activity coincides with that of Anak Krakatau, located in the Sunda Strait, between the islands of Sumatra and Java, which in recent weeks has recorded dozens of eruptions.

BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said on his Twitter account that the condition of this volcano is safe beyond the security perimeter set within a radius of two kilometers around the crater.

Indonesia hosts more than 400 volcanoes on about 17,000 islands, of which 129 are active and, of these, 65 are classified as dangerous.

The Indonesian archipelago sits within the so-called "Ring of Fire" of the Pacific, an area of ​​great seismic and volcanic activity, and which is shaken by about 7,000 earthquakes a year, most of little magnitude.


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