A volcano in northern Sulawesi, Indonesia erupted on Sunday morning, spewing ash and smoke 7,500 metres into the sky and triggering tremors that lasted up to 30 minutes.

The eruption of Mount Soputan, in Minahasa, sparked panic among nearby residents, who have been advised to flee a four-kilometre radius exclusion zone set up by Indonesia’s National Disaster Agency.

The 1,784-metre volcano continues to spew lava and smoke, with residents living outside the exclusion zone forced to wear masks to protect against ash which has begun raining on their settlements.

On Monday, authorities maintained a second-highest alert level for Mount Soputan.

Source: https://www.nst.com.my/world/2018/12/441552/watch-panic-sulawesi-mount-soputan-volcano-erupts

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