Monday, July 11, 2011

Eruption of an Indonesian volcano: the population evacuated

Indonesia ordered, Monday, July 11, the evacuation of hundreds of people living on the slopes of the volcano Lokon, after raising the alert level to maximum for fear of an imminent eruption. Mount, which culmunine to 1580 meters in the north of the island of Sulawesi (Celebes), entered into an eruptive period in recent days by projecting an ash plume at a height of 500 meters.

"We decided the evacuation of residents living within 3.5 km around the volcano as a precaution in case of harmful gases would be projected," he added. Approximately 28,000 people reside in the vicinity of Lokon but only a few hundred, most exposed, will be evacuated Monday, said the disaster management agency.

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