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Indonesia. Spectacular eruption of the Ibu volcano. The island's inhabitants were evacuated

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On Saturday evening, a volcano on the Indonesian island of Halmahera erupted in an exceptionally spectacular way. Indonesia's volcanology agency raised the alert level for the Ibu volcano on Thursday to the highest. This comes after Ibu erupted multiple times earlier this month.

Indonesia. Eruption of the Ibu volcano. Evacuation of residents

At the moment of the explosion the volcano spewed ash and smoke to a height of 4 kilometers. There were flashes of light around the crater purple lightning. The moment of the explosion was captured in photos and videos that were shared on social media.

Unfortunately, due to the volcanic eruption, residents of nearby villages had to leave their homes. According to “The Guardian”, police, military units and search and rescue teams were sent to the threatened area to managed the evacuation of seven surrounding towns.

Residents were transported in pick-up trucks and accommodated overnight in emergency tents. The evacuation covered an area of ​​at least seven kilometers from the volcano. However, it was not stated exactly how many people had to leave their homes.

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The island is inhabited by over 100,000 people.

Ibu is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia. Last year over 20,000 explosions were recorded.

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