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JAKARTA, April 24 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia's Mount Lokon in North Sulawesi Province erupted at 10:20 Jakarta time (0320 GMT) on Tuesday, an official said here.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, head of Data Center, Information and Public Relation at the National Agency for Disaster Management ( BNPB), said that the eruption height is not known as it is covered by clouds.
"Tremor is felt 5 kilometers away from Tompuloan crater," said Nugroho.
However, he said, people are not urged to take refuge.
The government has urged people not to make any activity at the distance of 2.5 kilometers below the crater.
"Luckily, there is no residence across the distance," said Nugroho.
Nugroho added that there is potential of another eruption.
Jakarta, Apr 24 (IANS): Mount Lokon in Indonesia's North Sulawesi province erupted Tuesday, an official said here.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, head of Data Center, Information and Public Relation at the National Agency for Disaster Management, said the eruption height is not known as it is covered by clouds.
"Tremors were felt five km away from Tompuloan crater," Xinhua quoted Nugroho as saying
Local residents around Mount Lokon in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, have been asked to evacuate the area, following a steady increase of activity in the mountain since 4 p.m. local time. “We are on alert status [Level 3],” said National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho on Monday. “We ask that local disaster mitigation agencies follow the technical recommendations we have given them. There should be no community activity within a 2.5 kilometer radius of the volcano crater,” Sutopo added.
The agency declared areas within a 2.5 kilometers radius from the mountain’s peak dangerous and urged nearby residents to stay alert. However, the agency said that the residents living outside the zone do not need to evacuate yet.