Last Updated: Monday, September 9, 2013

Indonesia's Mount Lokon Volcano erupts

Mount Lokon in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, erupted at 6:30 a.m. Monday, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said.

Indonesia's Mount Lokon Volcano spewed volcanic material from the Tompaluan Lokon crater up to 1,500 meters in the air.

According to the Antara news agency, explosion was heard even in Minahasa, located 10 kilometers away from the volcano.

The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) has warned local residents and visitors not to go within a 2.5-kilometer radius of the Tompaluan crater.

The Lokon volcanic activity status remains at Siaga or “alert” (level 3) currently.

Indonesia has altogether 129 volcanoes. Indonesia's Mount Lokon eruption 1991 killed a Swiss hiker and forced thousands of people to flee their homes.

Original post: Natural Disasters List September 9, 2013