PICS | Indonesian volcano belches huge tower of smoke and ash

0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
This handout photo taken and released on 29 November 2020 by the Geological Agency of Indonesia shows a volcanic eruption from Mount Ili Lewotolok in Lembata.
This handout photo taken and released on 29 November 2020 by the Geological Agency of Indonesia shows a volcanic eruption from Mount Ili Lewotolok in Lembata.
Geological Agency of Indonesia / AFP

Indonesia's Mount Ili Lewotolok erupted on Sunday, belching a column of smoke and ash four kilometres into the sky, triggering a flight warning and the closure of the local airport.

There were no reports of injuries or damage from the eruption in a remote part of the Southeast Asian archipelago.

But authorities raised the volcano's alert status to its second-highest level as they warned of possible lava flows.

Indonesia volcano mountains
Shot taken on 27 November 2020 after the Indonesia Geological agency raised the status alert for Merapi to the second highest ahead of a possible eruption.
Indonesia Volcano Mountains
After the Indonesia Geological agency raised the status of alert for Merapi to the second highest ahead of a possible eruption, this photo was taken.

A two-kilometre no-go zone around the crater was also expanded to four kilometres, while flights were advised to steer clear of the area as volcanic ash rained down on East Nusa Tenggara's Wunopitu airport, which was temporarily closed.

"People are advised to not carry out any activities within a four-kilometre radius from the crater," Indonesia's geological agency said.

Indonesia Volcano eruption
Residents gather to watch as Mount Ili Lewotolok spews ash during a volcanic eruption in Lembata, East Nusa Tenggara on 29 November 2020.

Indonesia is home to about 130 active volcanoes due to its position on the "Ring of Fire", a belt of tectonic plate boundaries circling the Pacific Ocean where frequent seismic activity occurs.

In late 2018, a volcano in the strait between Java and Sumatra islands erupted, causing an underwater landslide that unleashed a tsunami which killed more than 400 people.


Did you know you can comment on this article? Subscribe to News24 and add your voice to the conversation.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Will you continue to use WhatsApp following the company announcing a change terms of service which would force users to share personal data?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, the terms of service do not bother me enough to switch
53% - 8182 votes
No, I will be switching over to a new service
43% - 6735 votes
I've never used WhatsApp
4% - 612 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
14.94
(+1.28)
ZAR/GBP
20.34
(+1.10)
ZAR/EUR
18.12
(+0.93)
ZAR/AUD
11.52
(+1.05)
ZAR/JPY
0.14
(+1.61)
Gold
1838.54
(+0.14)
Silver
25.17
(+0.88)
Platinum
1078.50
(-0.46)
Brent Crude
54.74
(-0.64)
Palladium
2374.50
(+0.59)
All Share
63603.26
(-0.17)
Top 40
58358.85
(-0.32)
Financial 15
12017.40
(+0.95)
Industrial 25
85061.23
(+0.29)
Resource 10
62265.14
(-1.51)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo