By: Savannah Smith | 10-04-2018 | News
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Indonesia - Volcano Erupts on Same Island Hit By Quake and Tsunami

Indonesia is still struggling to meet all disaster response needs of the massive quake and tsunami that struck Sulawesi island last week. Now they’re faced with another mounting crisis brought by a new disaster. A volcano erupted on Wednesday on the same central Indonesian island, triggering officials to warn planes about volcanic ash in the air.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A volcanic eruption is the third disaster to hit Indonesia since Friday, after an earthquake and tsunami killed at least 1,400 people. <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; CBS News (@CBSNews) <a href="">October 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Mount Soputan on Sulawesi island spewed massive amount of ash more than 6,000 meters in the sky.

A government volcanologist said that while it is not conclusive yet, it is likely that the eruption was accelerated by the 7.5 magnitude quake that hit the island on Friday. Other experts have also expressed their views, saying, however, that there’s not enough data to link the two events- the earthquake and the volcanic eruption.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">As Indonesia deals with the aftermath of an earthquake and tsunami that devastated coastal areas of Sulawesi, they are monitoring a volcano that has erupted in North Sulawesi. At the same time, a volcano off Java known as Son of Krakatau has fired up. <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Karlis Salna (@KarlisSalna) <a href="">October 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Danny Hillman Natawidjaja, a geologist with Indonesia’s Institute of Science, would only say: “In principle, the seismic waves from the earthquake could increase pressure in the volcano’s magma chamber and could cause an eruption. We don’t know for sure.”

Volcanic eruptions are normal occurrences in Indonesia as the biggest nation in Southeast Asia sits on the seismically active Pacific “Ring of Fire,” and Soputan volcano happens to be one of the most active volcanoes on the island. There are more than 120 active volcanoes in the country of 250 million people.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Lastly if y’all could please pray for Indonesia. My beautiful homeland has suffered an earthquake, tsunami and volcanic eruption in the last week. Please keep my fellow Indonesians in your prayers today ❤️</p>&mdash; michelle //INACTIVE (@tenderdamie) <a href="">October 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

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No evacuations were immediately ordered after the eruption. Soputan’s eruption status was raised from an alert to standby 4 kilometers from the summit and up to 6.5 km to the west-southwest. A standby status entails warning the public to avoid the area nearest the volcano. People are also advised to wear masks in the event of ash fall.

Planes passing by were given adequate warnings about ash clouds because volcanic ash is considered hazardous for aircraft’s engines.

National disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho also gave assurances that the said volcanic eruption will not affect planes transporting aid and supplies to the disaster-hit areas.

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The quake and tsunami’s casualty toll rose to 1,407 on Wednesday and unfortunately is still expected to increase further. Thousands of others were injured from the twin disasters, and 70,000 have been displaced from their homes.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Horror difficult to erase for survivors as death toll from Indonesia quake, <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Tsunami</a> tops 1,400 <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Natural Crisis (@Natural_Crisis) <a href="">October 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The death toll in Indonesia&#39;s twin quake-tsunami disaster passed 1,400 Wednesday, with time running out to rescue survivors and the UN warning of &quot;vast&quot; unmet needs that have fuelled looting <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; AFP news agency (@AFP) <a href="">October 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

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