Indonesia’s Lewotobi Laki-Laki Volcano Erupts, Prompting Evacuations as Ash Reaches 1.5 km

Flores, Indonesia – January 15, 2024

Indonesia's Lewotobi Laki-Laki Volcano Erupts,

The Lewotobi Laki-Laki volcano in Flores, Indonesia, erupted on Monday at approximately 1:20 p.m. local time, spewing ash “up to 1,500 meters above its peak,” according to a statement from the country’s “Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG).”

Having been at Level IV, the highest danger level for a volcano, since the previous Tuesday, Mount Lewotobi Laki-Laki’s eruption posed a significant threat to settlements around the volcano. The PVMBG issued a statement urging the public to refrain from any activities within a 4-kilometer radius of the eruption’s center, with an extended sector of 5 km in the northwest and north. Additionally, the agency cautioned about the potential for cold lava surges into rivers upstream from the peak in the event of intense rainfall.

Standing at an elevation of approximately 1,584 meters above sea level, LewotobiLaki-Laki is part of a twin volcano system, with the other being LewotobiPerempuan, situated in the southeast part of Flores Island.

The PVMBG has been monitoring the volcano closely, recording a total of 25 eruptions since the beginning of the month, making Lewotobi Laki-Laki the most active volcano in Indonesia this year.

In response to the eruption, over 6,500 villagers residing near the volcano have been evacuated to ensure their safety. Authorities are closely monitoring the situation, emphasizing the need for preparedness and adherence to safety guidelines in the affected regions.

As Indonesia grapples with the dynamic nature of its volcanic landscape, the eruption of Lewotobi Laki-Laki serves as a reminder of the ongoing challenges posed by natural events in the region. Efforts to safeguard communities and manage potential hazards remain a top priority for authorities as they navigate the aftermath of this volcanic activity.

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