- Title: INDONESIA: Mount Gamalama volcano spews ash covering the nearest city of Ternate
- Date: 17th September 2012
- Summary: TERNATE, NORTH MOLLUCAS PROVINCE, INDONESIA (SEPTEMBER 16, 2012) (REUTERS) MOUNT GAMALAMA WITH LARGE CLOUD OF SMOKE AND ASH VARIOUS OF CLOUD OF SMOKE AND ASH MAN WATCHING SEISMOGRAPH VARIOUS OF SEISMOGRAPH OPERATING (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) HEAD OF GAMALAMA OBSERVATION POST, DARNO LAMANI SAYING: "At 14.15 local time an eruption happened. It was accompanied by a rumble from the top of the mountain with the smoke rising, reaching 1000 metres above the peak and spread towards the east, southeast to the south." SEISMOGRAPH (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) HEAD OF GAMALAMA OBSERVATION POST, DARNO LAMANI SAYING: "At 14.30 we raised the alert status from that of level 2 to highest level of level 3," VARIOUS OF TRAFFIC DRIVING ON ROADS COVERED BY ASH MORE OF TRAFFIC DRIVING ON ASH COVERED ROADS
- Embargoed: 2nd October 2012 13:00
- Location: Indonesia
- Country: Indonesia
- Topics: Disasters,Environment / Natural World,Politics
- Reuters ID: LVACRR1LK5BUEA3LT91P6LSDVAY
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- Story Text: Indonesia's 1, 715 metre volcano, Mount Gamalama, spewed ash as high as 1,000 metres on Sunday (September 16) after it erupted a day earlier, Indonesia's national agency for disaster management said.
Head of the Gamalama observation post said a second eruption caused the ash to spew and was spreading across the area.
"At 14.15 local time (on Sunday) (0715 GMT) an eruption happened. It was accompanied by a rumble from the top of the mountain with the smoke rising, reaching 1000 metres above the peak and spread towards the east, southeast to the south," Darno Lamani, head of Gamalama observation post said.
Lamani added that the alert level for the volcano has been raised to a higher alert level of three earlier this week.
The city of Ternate in the North Mollucas province was covered in ash. Television pictures showed a smog on the roads due to the ash.
Indonesian authorities have said there was no current need to evacuate and were co-ordinating with the Department of Health for masks to be provided to affected communities.
Those living in areas which have been hit by ash have been advised to stay at home.
Indonesia has 130 active volcanoes, the highest of any country, sitting on a belt of intense seismic activity known as the "Pacific Ring of Fire".
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