The Indonesian island which still reeling from the aftermath of a deadly tsunami, which struck just days ago, is now facing another threat.
A volcano has erupted today on the same Sulawesi Island and the volcanic ash was spotted 6,000 metres into the sky. No evacuations were immediately ordered.
Indonesia's island of Sulawesi has experienced a tsunami, earthquakes and a volcanic eruption in the past week.
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A volcano has just erupted on Indonesia's Sulawesi, just days after an earthquake and tsunami devastated areas on the western side of the island.
Mount Soputan, in North Sulawesi erupted about an hour ago. pic.twitter.com/O8jQMkHBoP
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“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 Vulcanology and Geology Disaster Mitigation agency, said on local television.
While the volcano is at the northern end of Sulawesi island, it is also feared the volcanic ash cloud could hamper efforts of rescuers to reach those stricken by the killer wave.
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