Massive volcanic eruption forces thousands to flee their homes

Mount Ile Leotolk volcano erupts today (Photo: Getty / Reuters)

A volcanic eruption in Indonesia has spread and spread smoke for up to four kilometers.

More than 2,200 people have been forced to flee their homes due to natural disasters.

The volcano is in the southeastern province of Nusha Tenggara.

Raditya Jati, a spokesman for the country’s disaster relief agency, said in a statement that an explosion had occurred from Mount. The Ile Leotolk volcano, about 2,600 kilometers east of the Indonesian capital Jakarta, caused panic among nearby residents.

Indonesia has about 130 more active volcanoes than any other country, and many again show high levels of activity that could occur weeks or even months before the eruption.

Jati said about 2,770 people from 226 villages had sought refuge, although no casualties had been reported so far, Jati said.

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Volcanic eruption from Mount Ili Leotolk (Image: Getty)

Muhammad Ilham, a 17-year-old man who witnessed the blast, said residents in the area were “terrified and they are still seeking shelter and in need of money at the moment”.

Indonesia’s volcanic and geological hazard mitigation center said on its website that the area near the volcano was likely to be submerged by ‘hot clouds, lava flows, lava basins and toxic gases’.

The head of the center, Kasbani, said the volcano’s status had risen to the second highest level in Indonesia’s four-tier alert system due to a “growing threat”.

There are three more volcanoes, including this one, the agency said.

These include the Merapi volcano on the island of Java this month and the Sinabung volcano on the island of Sumatra.

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