03 Jul '11, 3am

Indonesian volcano erupts (via ST iPhone App)

JAKARTA - A VOLCANO on Indonesia's Sulawesi island erupted on Sunday, spewing ash and smoke 5,000 metres into the air. Mount Soputan in North Sulawesi province erupted at around 6.03am but people living in the sparsely populated area have not been evacuated, Iing Kusnadi, a scientist at the volcano's monitoring post told AFP. 'The volcano erupted this morning. Besides spewing ash and dust particles, it also spewed hot gas but that's limited to around its crater,' he said. 'The recommended evacuation zone is set at a six-kilometre radius around the volcano but there's only forest in that range,' he added. 'At the moment, it is still a safe distance from people but we'll continue to monitor the activity,' he added. The nearest village is eight kilometres away on the western side of the volcano, which towers 1,783m over North Sulawesi province. Soputan, one of Sulawesi's most...

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