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Indonesia volcano eruption latest: Mount Soputan eruption spews hot lava two and a half miles high

Indonesia volcano eruption latest: Mount Soputan eruption spews hot lava two and a half miles high The volcano on the same island battling t...

Indonesia volcano eruption latest: Mount Soputan eruption spews hot lava two and a half miles high

The volcano on the same island battling the aftermath of a deadly tsunami has begun to spew lava as an ash plume rose two and a half miles high in the sky.

Mount Spoutan, in the northern part of Sulawesi, erupted on Wednesday just days after the central part of the island was hit with a devastating tsunami that has so far claimed the lives of more than 1,400.

The volcano is at the northern end of Sulawesi island, hundreds of miles from where the tsunami struck at Palu, but it is feared the volcanic a sh cloud could hamper efforts of rescuers to reach those stricken by the killer wave.

The danger zone around the peak is small and has no residential areas, officials said.

A government volcanologist said it's possible the eruption was accelerated by the magnitude 7.5 earthquake that struck on Friday.

Mount Soputan erupts on Sulawesi island days after devastating tsunami

"It could be that this earthquake triggered the eruption, but we have seen an increase in volcanic activity since July and this began surging on Monday. Yet we can't say there a direct link, as the mountain is quite far away," Kasbani, the head of Indonesia's Volcanology and Geology Disaster Mitigation Agency, said on local television.

Nazli Ismail, a geophysicist at the University of Syiah Kuala in Banda Aceh on Sumatra island, stressed there was no concrete evidence to show the two incidents are linked, however.

He said: "People talk about the butterfly effect. The concept is that when a butterfly flaps its wings, it can cause a catastrophe.

"So it is possible for the earthquake to trigger the volcano eruption, but it's not conclusive. This needs to be further investigated."

A local resident walks as Mount Soputan spews hot ash in Minahasa, (EPA)

The volcano agency said the public should avoid the area nearest the volcano and have masks available in the event of ash fall.

The eruption comes as thousands are trying to recover from an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 that triggered a tsunami six days ago.

Source: Google News Indonesia | Netizen 24 Indonesia

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