Last Updated: Friday, December 19, 2014

Mount Gamalama volcano erupts in Indonesia; 1 missing, 4 injured

Mount Gamalama volcano eruption in Indonesia has injured four people and left one missing.

Mount Gamalama on Ternate island in North Maluku province shot thick gray smoke up to 2,000 meters into the sky just before midnight Thursday, The New Zealand Herald has written quoting Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency.

A domestic airport has been closed today after Mount Gamalama volcano in the country's east erupted, spewing plumes of ash hundreds of metres into the air.

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"We closed the Sultan Baabulah airport this morning as the volcanic ash may pose a risk to planes," ministry spokesman J.A. Barata told Yahoo News.

Eleven hikers who had been at the Mount Gamalama volcano managed to escape, but some were injured as they clambered down, local disaster management agency said.

Mount Gamalama eruption in 1775 caused the deaths of approx 1300 people.

Original post: Natural Disasters List December 19, 2014