Indonesia’s Ibu Volcano erupts two times, releasing red-hot lava

JAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) – Indonesia’s Mount Ibu erupted once again on Thursday night, launching a dazzling display of volcanic lightning and lava into the sky.

Heruningtyas Purnamasari, an official with PVMBG, told Reuters that the 1,325 metre (4,347 ft.) high volcano on Halmahera, on the east island, erupted two times on Thursday.

PVMBG footage shows that the first eruption occurred at 1:30 am local time. It emitted incandescent rocks and lava as lightning flashes illuminated its crater.

The second eruption occurred at 7:46 am local time and lasted for two minutes. Volcanic ash was thrown up to 1,200m (4,096 feet). Images from PVMBG show clouds of grey ash rising into the air from the crater.

Heruningtyas stated that the alert level of the volcano was still at the highest possible level, which is four.

The agency prohibited any activity within 7 km of the crater.

The volcanic activity on Thursday was the latest of a series that began in May. Ibu volcano erupted again on Tuesday, releasing 5 km (3 mile) columns of gray ash into space.

Seven villages in the vicinity have been evacuated since May 16, but there is no plan to evacuate any more after this latest eruption.

Indonesia is located on the geologically-active Pacific “Ring of Fire”, and has 127 volcanoes active.

More than 12,000 people were evacuated last month due to the eruption of the Ruang volcano, located in North Sulawesi Province.

Mount Marapi is one of West Sumatra’s most active volcanoes. Last month, it caused flash floods and lava flows that killed at least 60 people.

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