Mount Soputan Erupted on Wednesday (03/10) - Photo by National Disaster Management Agency

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Mount Soputan, located in the Southeast Minahasa District of North Sulawesi Province, Indonesia, erupted on Wednesday (O3/10) at 08.47 WITA.

According to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, Head of Information and Public Relations Center for National Disaster Management Agency, based on Mount Soputan Observation Post report, that the height of the volcanic ash column was observed around 4,000 meters above the crater peak or 5,809 meters above the sea level.

The ash column with strong pressure was observed to be gray to brown with a thick intensity leaning west and northwest. This eruption is recorded on a seismogram with a maximum amplitude of 39 millimeters and a duration of about 6 minutes.

Volcanic ash rain is estimated to fall in the area in the northwest-northwest of Mount Soputan and Volcano Observatory Notice of Aviation Orange. This means that it does not interfere with flights.

So far, Sam Ratulangi International Airport in Manado City continues to operate normally. The position of the airport is in the Southeast of Mount Soputan.

Furthermore the agency is still monitoring the Mount Soputan condition. There have been no reports of the impact of the eruption.

At present Mount Soputan is in Status Level III (Standby) with a recommendation the community should not be active in all areas within a 4 kilometers radius of the peak of Mount Soputan and within the sectoral expansion area to the West-Southwest direction as far as 6.5 kilometers from the peak is a crater opening area to avoid the potential threat of lava and hot clouds.

Communities around Mount Soputan are advised to prepare a mask covering the nose and mouth, in order to anticipate the potential danger of respiratory problems if there is rain of ash.

The community must be aware of the potential threat of lava flows that can occur after the eruption, where the eruption material is carried by water, especially in the rivers upstream around the slopes of Mount Soputan, such as Ranowangko River, Lawian River, Popang River and Londola Kelewahu.

The community does not need to evacuate because they are still safe. Within a 4 km radius there is no settlement. “So it’s still safe,” he said.

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