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Indonesia's Mount Soputan erupts on quake-hit island, sending an ash cloud four kilometers high

2018-10-03 14:37
A volcano erupted on Sulawesi on Wednesday (October 3), days after an earthquake and tsunami on the Indonesian island killed more than 1,400 people. Mount Soputan, which is about 600 kilometres northwest of Palu, spewed volcanic ash more than four kilometres into the sky according to a tweet by Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. There were no reports of any casualties or damage. The eruption was also not expected to disrupt flights. However, authorities told residents within a four kilometre radius of the volcano to standby for evacuation orders while nearby communities have also been told to be prepared for volcanic ash fall.